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Working #advent

Wurzach Pfarrkirche Decke Westteil

This is how I will build,
how I will work,
with God at my side,
working together
in his task.
He promised to be with us
and he is,
no work we do
in building for him
is done alone.

What he is building
is so much better
than anything that has gone before –
that is what he is inviting us to join.

Lord,
I want to work,
to build,
to grow
with you

 The theme of the first week in Advent is The Day of the Lord.  We look forward to the coming of that day.

Haggai 1:15-2:9 (CEV)

15 And the work began on the twenty-fourth day of that same month.

The Glorious New Temple

1-2 On the twenty-first day of the next month, the Lord told Haggai the prophet to speak this message to Governor Zerubbabel, High Priest Joshua, and everyone else:

Does anyone remember how glorious this temple used to be? Now it looks like nothing. But cheer up! Because I, the Lord All-Powerful, will be here to help you with the work, just as I promised your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt. Don’t worry. My Spirit is right here with you.

Soon I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake the nations, and their treasures will be brought here. Then the brightness of my glory will fill this temple. All silver and gold belong to me, and I promise that this new temple will be more glorious than the first one. I will also bless this city with peace.

God is Working His Purpose Out

No Place #Advent

 

There is no place
for pride
or arrogance
here.
There is no place for rebellion,
rejecting the better way.
No room for those
who think they know better,
or are better.

Corruption must go,
haughtiness be brought down,
lawlessness corrected.

Only service belongs here,
in and through God,
lived in humility,
truth,
hope
and love.

That is God’s way.

May it be my way

The theme of the first week in Advent is The Day of the Lord.  We look forward to the coming of that day.

Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13  (CEV)

Sinful Jerusalem

Too bad for that disgusting,
    corrupt, and lawless city!
Forever rebellious
    and rejecting correction,
Jerusalem refuses to trust
    or obey the Lord God.

I will purify each language
and make those languages
    acceptable for praising me.
Then, with hearts united,
everyone will serve
    only me, the Lord.
10 From across the rivers
    of Ethiopia,
my scattered people,
my true worshipers,
    will bring offerings to me.

11 When that time comes,
you won’t rebel against me
    and be put to shame.
I’ll do away with those
    who are proud and arrogant.
Never will any of them
strut around
    on my holy mountain.
12 But I, the Lord, won’t destroy
    any of your people
who are truly humble
    and turn to me for safety.
13 The people of Israel who survive
will live right
    and refuse to tell lies.
They will eat and rest
    with nothing to fear.

I Want to Serve the Purpose of God

Come #Advent

With His Disciples029

The Lamb of God,
here,
living,
walking
among us.

The Lamb of God
come and see.

Come and see
what I am about,
what I am showing you,
who I am revealing.

Come,
see,
you have found the Messiah.

He is here among us,
waiting for us to come to him,
know him,
know God through him.

He is waiting for you,
for me,
to come to him.

This Advent
may I come to you,
discover you,
and go with you

John 1:35-42 (CEV)

The First Disciples of Jesus

35 The next day, John was there again, and two of his followers were with him. 36 When he saw Jesus walking by, he said, “Here is the Lamb of God!” 37 John’s two followers heard him, and they went with Jesus.

38 When Jesus turned and saw them, he asked, “What do you want?”

They answered, “Rabbi, where do you live?” The Hebrew word “Rabbi” means “Teacher.”

39 Jesus replied, “Come and see!” It was already about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him and saw where he lived. So they stayed on for the rest of the day.

40 One of the two men who had heard John and had gone with Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and tell him, “We have found the Messiah!” The Hebrew word “Messiah” means the same as the Greek word “Christ.”

42 Andrew brought his brother to Jesus. And when Jesus saw him, he said, “Simon son of John, you will be called Cephas.” This name can be translated as “Peter.”

Jesus Let Us Come to Know You