Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Advent 2015

Echoes of Grace is taking on a new format during Advent this year. I think you'll like it.

My friend, Theresa Thaete and I have been pondering some of the familiar Christmas passages in Matthew and Luke. And from our time, we're offering you some prompts to consider these historical narratives and bring their truths forward to your lives in whatever circumstances you find yourself in this year.

It is our prayer that these Advent, Echoes of Grace posts will bring good news of great joy to you, perhaps some ah-ha's, and mostly a deepened experience of God's presence in your life as you hear His voice speak softly to you heart.

Each Thursday I will write out for you the words from the passage of the week in The Message Translation. Our suggestion is that you have your go-to translation (ESV, NIV, NASV, NLT, KJV, etc) near by. And as you consider our prompts that you would read both from the Bible at your side and The Message.

This is NOT designed to be a Bible study.
We encourage you to stick with the scripture of the week.
Do not go to a commentary or even read the notes in your Bibles.
Pick the prompts that seem to be calling to you. You don't need to ponder all of them.
Allow God to lead you and listen for His voice.

And, if you like, please share what you've heard. We'd love to hear from you and pray for you.

Tomorrow, we'll start with Luke 1:26-38. 

"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him."
Matthew 17:5 (bolding, mine)

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