Advent, which begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, is a season to look back at Jesus’ birth while also looking forward with expectation to His next coming. Historically it includes moments of reflection, slowing down, and focusing on a relationship with God, but it can also include celebration and anticipation. Until the Son of God Appears: Meditations and Practices for Advent attempts to walk readers through a season of contemplation and celebration. The meditations include a two-page spread for each day of Advent, filled with verses, short thoughts, and thought-provoking full-color images related to daily Advent themes. The practices include journal questions, deeper Bible study, ideas for home décor and service projects, and spiritual disciplines—biblical habits meant to draw one into further intimacy with Christ. Whether you like to stay active or prefer seasons of silence and spiritual growth, this little book has enough content for many years of Advent celebration.
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Still and Quiet is a collection of fourteen visual prayers and readings, one for morning and one for evening for each day of the week. Loosely based on Old Testament names of God, each prayer includes silent moments for reflection, prayers of thanksgiving in the morning and confession in the evening, a Psalm or partial Psalm, a passage from the Gospels, a short prayer of petition, a canticle (a lyrical non-Psalm section of scripture), and lyrics to a well-known hymn. Hymns can be sung, read, or listened to—an internet link to hear all the hymns online is in the back of this book as well as the full written lyrics of each hymn. The background images are meant to help readers focus, slow down, and think through the passages.
The short readings in this book—each prayer session takes fifteen minutes or less—take their cues from ancient liturgies while including the visual elements so beloved in our culture. The vast majority of the words come straight from the Bible, with heavy emphasis on the Psalms and Gospel words of Jesus. Along with the readings, space is included in each prayer for silent prayer for each participant to speak to God about specific needs from his own heart and mind. Meant for individuals, families, or small groups, Still and Quiet is a comforting way to begin and end each day in conversation with God.
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God himself calls David a man after God’s own heart. But what does this mean? Should all of us aspire to such a title? David was a shepherd who became a king. Along the way he struggled with enemies, betrayal, and pride. He danced with abandon, wept with abandon, and loved with abandon. Beyond being the man chosen by God to rule His most precious nation, David was a poet and songwriter, and through his poems and songs we begin to see what in David’s heart reflected the heart of God himself.
Take a journey into the relationship between God and his servant David. With ample space to journal and simple essays to inspire thought and meditation, this workbook will guide participants through sixty-eight of David’s psalms. Meet with God in songs of praise, prayers of lament, and pleas for rescue, and along the way learn a little more about how a man after God’s own heart speaks with and about the God he loves. Includes tips for personal study as well as use in a group setting.
Loving someone who isn’t walking with God is one of the most heart-wrenching things a person can do, and yet we’re called to love. We’re also called to pray, and yet sometimes it’s hard to know what to say to God beyond asking Him to come for the hearts of our lost loved ones.
The Bible is filled with God’s character, his compassion, and his hope, and this workbook is a way to tap into that and live with more hope and understanding of God’s plans while we wait for him to rescue the people we love. There are many, many ways to pray for our loved ones, specific prayers for all aspects of their lives while focusing on the most important issue, the state of their hearts.
Grab this book, a Bible, a pen, and a concordance (paper or internet versions will do!) and take time to scour the word to discover God’s heart for the people of this world. While praying for those you love, you’ll also find yourself learning more and more about God for yourself, and with that knowledge always comes deeper trust, deeper faith, and deeper peace.
Each day of the month includes a short prayer, one or two example verses, and key words for your own Bible search. When you return to the pages in subsequent months, reread old prayers, pray them again, and add new verses and thoughts and prayers. With space to journal and pray for a year or more, this workbook is an ideal place to keep track of and revisit God’s words and our prayers as our hearts call out to those we love in the hope that their journey will one day lead them home.