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Christmas Advent Devotion Week 5

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Week 5 (Dec 24-Dec 25)

Read Matthew 2:1-18.

  • The wise men would not have been Jewish. Their arrival is one of the first indications that Jesus came for the whole world, not just the people of Israel. What groups of people do you unconsciously (or consciously) exclude from God’s love? Why or why not? What does this story show us about that?
  • God wanted the wise men to find Jesus so much that He sent them a star to guide them! How could we go out of our way this Christmas to show God’s love to the people around us? And maybe especially to people we wouldn’t normally notice?

Family Activity

  • Check out books from the library about how people celebrate Christmas in other nations.
  • Cut your lunch sandwiches into the shape of stars and talk about the original Christmas star.
  • Think of someone in your class or neighborhood that you don't even know their name. Pray each day at dinner that God will make a way for you to show that person love this week and maybe start a new friendship.

week leading up to Christmas, pick up an Advent worship guide in the lobby (the previous week's worship guide also available in the lobby). Hang it up as a reminder this season that Love Saved. Included on the back is a devotional and a family element for you to use. Share your journey with us through social media using #lovesaved.

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The Gospel is For Everyone because Love Saved the World

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Christmas is just around the corner. I bet you already have your decorations in place, gifts under the tree, and a schedule jam-packed with all the things you will do to celebrate.

I’m the youngest of four in my family and presents were a BIG deal growing up. We were always thankful for our normal gifts but one of us would get a really BIG gift. Usually my Dad was in charge of wrapping it (which meant it was in a garbage bag) and hiding it (which meant it was probably in the hall closet). But the funny part was we all played dumb every year and my Dad would say to the person who was getting it, “I left a camera lens in the closet, can you grab it for me?”

I remember all of those special gifts I received growing up and they were favorites for years. It was always a little bittersweet when it wasn’t your year but you knew it was coming.

The great thing about the gift of hope is that it is fueled by God sending His Son to make a way for us to be in relationship with Him forever. And even though we can’t see it and we don’t always feel it—He’s always there. And more than that, it’s for everyone. There’s never a year or a time that it’s not for you. It’s always for you. It’s always for everyone.

So hopefully you’re making room in your schedule and traditions for people who are close to you but far from God to experience the gift of eternity that has already been secured for them. I’m praying for invitations, conversations, and declarations of what God has done for you and the stories of what He’ll do through you.

Grace and peace to your family this season.

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