Monday, December 5th

Longing:  An Advent Devotional Overland Park Church of the Nazarene Advent 2016 Monday, December 5th   CONNECT As we continue our journey in Advent, let us sing, pray, and study our hopes and promises for our Savior:   Opening Prayer May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.   Hymn That God should love a sinner such as I, Should yearn to change my sorrow into bliss, Nor rest till He planned to bring me nigh— How wonderful is love like this!   Such love, such wondrous love! Such love, such wondrous love! That God should love a sinner such as I— How wonderful is love like this!   That Christ should join so freely in the scheme, Although it meant His death on Calvary— Did ever human tongue find nobler theme Than love divine that ransomed me?   That for a willful outcast such as I The Father planned, the Savior bled and died, Redemption for a worthless slave to buy, Who long had law and grace defied!   And Now He takes me to His heart—a son; He asks me not to fill a servant’s place. The far-off country wanderings all are done; Wide open are His arms of grace!     GROW:  Romans 15:4-13     During this time of year we are overwhelmed by messages that would have us think we simply can buy whatever it is that is most precious to us. But as Paul concludes his letter to the Romans, we are reminded of two priceless gifts that we cannot purchase, but only receive from God, hope and harmony.     To Paul, hope is not some kind of wishful thinking. Hope is grounded in a trust that God will do what God has promised. But this hopeful trust is not something we generate on our own. Paul offers a word of blessing to the Romans that they “may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” This hope is a gracious gift of God.     The second gift Paul reminds us of is that of harmony, and encourages the Romans to “welcome one another.” But again, this acceptance of each other is not by our doing. It is only because “Christ has welcomed you,” that we are now able to welcome one another. There perhaps is no deeper yearning than to be welcomed and accepted simply for who we are and not what we have done or achieved.     We all long for the love of acceptance. During this season of Advent, we wait in hopeful anticipation for the coming of Christ, the God who would become flesh and dwell among us, and truly welcome and accept us for who we are.     SERVE The early church theologian, Augustine, once said, “A friend is someone who knows everything about you and still accepts you.” Even though we may not know everything about most people we interact with on a daily basis, we are still able to offer the gift of acceptance to those around us. Many people feel the pain of loneliness especially during this time of year. Find one person today and offer them the gift of acceptance, the gift of feeling worth-while, by slowing down and taking the time to genuinely ask them how they are doing and listen intently. Let us accept one another, just as Christ has accepted you.   —Pastor Grant Christy

Longing:  An Advent Devotional

Overland Park Church of the Nazarene

Advent 2016

Monday, December 5th

 

CONNECT

As we continue our journey in Advent, let us sing, pray, and study our hopes and promises for our Savior:

 

Opening Prayer

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Hymn

That God should love a sinner such as I,

Should yearn to change my sorrow into bliss,

Nor rest till He planned to bring me nigh—

How wonderful is love like this!

 

Such love, such wondrous love!

Such love, such wondrous love!

That God should love a sinner such as I—

How wonderful is love like this!

 

That Christ should join so freely in the scheme,

Although it meant His death on Calvary—

Did ever human tongue find nobler theme

Than love divine that ransomed me?

 

That for a willful outcast such as I

The Father planned, the Savior bled and died,

Redemption for a worthless slave to buy,

Who long had law and grace defied!

 

And Now He takes me to His heart—a son;

He asks me not to fill a servant’s place.

The far-off country wanderings all are done;

Wide open are His arms of grace!

 

 

GROW:  Romans 15:4-13

    During this time of year we are overwhelmed by messages that would have us think we simply can buy whatever it is that is most precious to us. But as Paul concludes his letter to the Romans, we are reminded of two priceless gifts that we cannot purchase, but only receive from God, hope and harmony.

    To Paul, hope is not some kind of wishful thinking. Hope is grounded in a trust that God will do what God has promised. But this hopeful trust is not something we generate on our own. Paul offers a word of blessing to the Romans that they “may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” This hope is a gracious gift of God.

    The second gift Paul reminds us of is that of harmony, and encourages the Romans to “welcome one another.” But again, this acceptance of each other is not by our doing. It is only because “Christ has welcomed you,” that we are now able to welcome one another. There perhaps is no deeper yearning than to be welcomed and accepted simply for who we are and not what we have done or achieved.

    We all long for the love of acceptance. During this season of Advent, we wait in hopeful anticipation for the coming of Christ, the God who would become flesh and dwell among us, and truly welcome and accept us for who we are.

 

 

SERVE

The early church theologian, Augustine, once said, “A friend is someone who knows everything about you and still accepts you.” Even though we may not know everything about most people we interact with on a daily basis, we are still able to offer the gift of acceptance to those around us. Many people feel the pain of loneliness especially during this time of year. Find one person today and offer them the gift of acceptance, the gift of feeling worth-while, by slowing down and taking the time to genuinely ask them how they are doing and listen intently. Let us accept one another, just as Christ has accepted you.

 

—Pastor Grant Christy