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At the beginning of the service yesterday (Dec 6) I mentioned there were several great free resources available for Advent. I encourage you to consider some of the following resources to help you prepare for the celebration of Christmas.

Why participate in or begin Advent traditions for yourself or family?

Advent is for adoring Jesus. It’s an annual season of patient waiting, hopeful expectation, soul-searching, and calendar-watching marked by many churches, Christian families, and individual followers of Jesus. There’s no biblical mandate to observe Advent. It’s an optional thing — a tradition that developed over the course of the church’s history as a time of preparation for Christmas Day. Many of us find observing Advent to be personally enjoyable and spiritually profitable.” (excerpt from “Advent Begins Today,” Desiring God, continue reading here)

Below are some free resources followed by some available for purchase.

Good News of Great Joy – Daily readings for Advent

by John Piper

This is a free download that includes 25 short devotional readings.

ADVENT GUIDES from The Village Church

These are great family devotional guides made available by The Village Church.

ADVENT GUIDE 2011

ADVENT GUIDE 2012

ADVENT GUIDE 2013

ADVENT GUIDE 2015

ADVENT Resources available for purchase

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy – by John Piper

The Christmas Promise – this is a collection that includes a standalone book, a Coloring and Activity book, and an Advent Calendar.

Christmas Opened Up – Advent Calendar pack (I have used this for bedtime devotions and give it two thumbs up!) We have several of these available at church for the discounted price of $5.

Countdown to the Coming of the King – Advent Calendar pack (I have used this for bedtime devotions and give it two thumbs up!) We have several of these available at church for the discounted price of $5.

The Expected One – Anticipating all of Jesus in the Advent

The ebook is currently on sale at Amazon for only $2.99!

 

This is a helpful article on Advent (by the Good Book Co).

 

ADVENT: God With Us (spoken Word)