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Able Church Message:

“First Advent of Hope

As we draw closer to the Christmas holiday, we at The Able Church are again this year celebrate the four weeks of Advent leading to Christmas. If you’re not familiar with the word Advent – in its simplest definition, it’s the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

You might wonder why we are using the Advent candles and associated themes to usher in Christmas. The answer is simple, for us the Advent themes are a way of steering us to the real joy and excitement of Christmas as we celebrate the birthday of our Savior Jesus.

We have so many secular traditions that are practiced as a part of the Christmas holiday that it’s hard to know how they fit into our celebration of Christmas. I guess I get it – bright colorful lights blinking and even coordinated to music is cool. Santa, the North Pole and elves – it’s all a wonderland for the imagination of a child.

But to the extent that they and other secular things drown-out the meaningful Christian traditions of Christmas, that’s really not our goal as a church. We enjoy everything that glorifies God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit. And the exciting part of the story of Jesus’ birth is that all three God heads play a role in the story of Jesus the Messiah coming down to earth for the purpose of saving mankind from their sins.

Our first Advent candle is about hope and the prophecies given to us by the word of God provides great hope for Jews and Christians alike. The word Messiah is often translated as “the promised deliverer of the Jewish nation.” For the Jew they had great need for a hope that one day someone in the order of King David would return and bring unity and help to a nation that was under much judgement by God for their waywardness and disobedience. I think about our own nation today and I can see how bad leadership is a burden to the people under its rule.

Today we as Christians need our Messiah to be celebrated and acknowledged as our King and Savor of the world. Anything short of that is man believing he has the answers to the chaos we see going on in the world around us today. For me this Christmas is just another reminder of who we need as our priority in life. I like that hope is a part of this first week of Advent. I’m reminded that politics, election outcomes, money or material goods are never going to satisfy the real need each of us have deep within ourselves of finding hope, peace, joy, and love. It’s not a coincidence that these are the four pillars of the Advent candles we are going to dig deeper into during the next four weeks.

I hope you follow along with us as we prepare to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas that has at its center our Lord and Savior Jesus. As we prepare to celebrate His birthday, I’m hoping you will find new meaning to why God the Father gave us the greatest Christmas gift ever when He sent his one and only Son into this world some 2,000 years ago. Let’s celebrate that occasion with a renewed excitement of gratitude and love for the greatest gift ever given to any of us.

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