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Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  We received the Target toy catalog in the mail a few weeks ago.  It is always an exciting day in our house. The kids have been looking through it, circling the things they would like-- dreaming of the GIFTS they will receive on Christmas day.

Here at Eastern Hills, we have just finished our Clean Slate series and I am again reminded of the Gift of grace that Jesus gives us freely. In Psalm 51, David encounters God about his own sin. He is aware of his sinful nature and his inability to fix what he has done.  “Against you, you only have I sinned” (vs. 4a)

He cries out for God’s mercy and forgiveness.  And God delivers.  Even in our darkest moments, he cleanses us from our sin, restores and renews us.

So as we head into this season, thinking about all of the gifts we still need to purchase and the things we need to do...we celebrate the GIFT God extended to David and to us. The gift of his Son, the gift of undeserved forgiveness. The gift of Grace.

We’d love for you stay connected this Season to remembering what God has done for us. Pick up an Advent Devotional each weekend here at Eastern Hills or check them out on ehills.org/our-blog. Follow along and participate in the devotions and Advent Family Activities included. Share your journey with us on social media at #lovesaved.

Advent Week 1

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Week 1 (Nov 26-Dec 2)

Read John 1:1-13.

  • John refers to Jesus as “the light.” Why do you think John chose that as one of the ways for us to understand Jesus and the difference He makes in the world?
  • In verse 12, John shares an amazing truth about those who receive Jesus. What is it? How does that make you feel? Why do you think it’s important?
  • Read John 3:16-17. God saw us in darkness and loved us so much that He sent Jesus to be the light. Take some time to make a list of the ways you see and experience God’s love for you.

Family Activity

  • Is there someone you know who is close to you but is far from their family that you can adopt this Christmas season?
  • Write their name on a card to pray at dinner for them each day.
  • List three ways you will adopt this person/family and set a date to act on each one.

Each week leading up to Christmas, pick up an Advent printable at church. Take it home and hang it up as a reminder this season. Share your journey with us on social media using #lovesaved.

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