Thought:It matters not how someone dies, but how they live.
Challenge:You can’t control how you will die but you can control how you live. Live your life in a way that would be pleasing to God.
Reference:“For David says of Him, I SAW THE LORD ALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE; FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN. ‘THEREFORE MY HEART WAS GLAD AND MY TONGUE EXULTED; MOREOVER MY FLESH ALSO WILL LIVE IN HOPE; BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ABANDON MY SOUL TO HADES, NOR ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY. Acts 2:25-27 (NABRE)
Thought:Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.
Challenge:God’s plan for us is filled with uphills, downhills, curves and even construction sites, but never dead-ends. Ask God to give you the will to develop all your talents to serve Him more fully.
Reference:Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:26 (NABRE)
Thought:Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
Challenge:Ask God to give you the ability to learn from your experiences, but more importantly, to approach your everyday life experiences with a more simplistic, optimistic and charasmatic point of view.
Reference:At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Matthew 11:25 (NABRE)
Thought:Advent Joy Theme: Joy to the World, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare him room…
Challenge:Take quiet time this Christmas season to make sure there is time enough and room enough for eart s King to be received in your heart and in your mind. You will find the true Joy of Christmas by leaving room enough to remember the reason for the season – Christ. Merry Christmas from the TAGteam!
Reference:These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15:11 (NABRE)
Thought:Advent Joy Theme: Just as more money never makes anyone give more and more talent ever made anyone volunteer more, more of anything never makes anyone more joyful.
Challenge:Pursue the joy that God offers you. Pray today that the joy of the Christmas season will sink deep into your spirit and show to others that you meet. Maybe they will ask you why you are so happy!
Reference:Our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations “the Lord has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2 (NABRE)
Thought:Advent Joy Theme: A joyful home is a glimpse of heaven.
Challenge:Advent Joy Theme: A joyful home is a glimpse of heaven.
Reference:They blessed the king and then went home, joyful and glad in heart for all the good things the Lord had done…
1 Kings 8:66 (NABRE)
Thought:Advent Joy Theme: By getting rid of the negative, we create a space for joy to take its space.
Challenge:Advent Joy Theme: By getting rid of the negative, we create a space for joy to take its space.
Reference:Let my prayer come before You. Incline Your ear to my cry.
Psalm 88:2 (NABRE)
Thought:Advent Joy Theme: Lighten up! Spirituality and joy go well together.
Challenge:Advent Joy Theme: Lighten up! Spirituality and joy go well together.
Reference:A joyful heart is good medicine.
Proverbs 17:22 (NABRE)
Thought:Advent Peace Theme: How blessed we are to have the peace and comfort of our church community in which to share our faith and values with fellow Christians.
Challenge:Advent Peace Theme: How blessed we are to have the peace and comfort of our church community in which to share our faith and values with fellow Christians.
Reference:Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking, because you were all called together in one body to have peace. Always be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 (NABRE)