Grace From The Start: Intro

In these 31 days we are going to fly through the redemptive work that lead up to the birth of Jesus.

Grace from the Start_ Advent Reflections on the Cross in the Old Testament

If you want to listen to Heidi and I talk about this you can click right here:

Intro Video

{While you are over at the youtube channel be sure to take a peak at all that Heidi has to offer!}

Scripture holds this amazing story that we get to soar through during Advent this year. (I am so excited you are going to join us!!)

It is an amazing story,  but when we are reading about all of these people in the Old Testament we can forget that it is all about Jesus and when we forget about Jesus the story loses it’s glimmer.  The whole bible is about God and the work he has been doing since the beginning.  Through out history he has created, sustained, provided for, protected, dwelt with, and saved His people.  These things he did for the people way back then he continues to do for us.  All of these things he has done and is doing for us pours out of HIS great big steadfast love.  His work in history and his work in life along with the great big steadfast love of Jesus is what I hope you see each day of this Advent season.

Each week we will have a scripture to dwell on.  If you are like me and writing things out helps you focus and absorb things I would encourage you to write this scripture out a few times during the week.   (You just might memorize it by the end of the week).If you don’t have time to write out the whole section read it and write down a few quick notes about the words.

Each day there will be a blog post with a piece of the story of how God worked out your redemption thousand of years ago.

Monday through Friday you can join me on FACEBOOK LIVE as we read about the work of Jesus in the assigned section of scripture for the day.   And on Thursdays you will get to hear Heidi and I chat about the assigned scripture for the day.  (Excited is an understatement to describe my feelings toward getting to chat with Heidi!!)

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Week One we will look at how words created everything. We will see that Jesus has been there since before ‘the beginning’.  We will see his work and plan and steadfast love in action from the start.

Here is our focus scripture for week one:

“In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  {John 1:1-5}

These are the pieces of scripture we will be spending time on: Creation, Fall and Promise, The Flood, God’s Covenant with Abram, Hagar, Issac, Jacob and his wives.

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Week two we will see the beginning of Jesus making the way.  All of these stories have something in common-Jesus making a way for his people.  This week we will see that Jesus is THE WAY and he is also the maker of the way.

Here is our focus scripture for week two:

“Let not your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God; believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  And you know the way to where I am going, Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going.  How can we know the way?’  Jesus said to him “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the father except through me.  If you had known me, you would have known my father also.  From now on you do know him and have seen him.”   {John 14:1-4}

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Week three we will see God using His people in spite of their capabilities and what they can not do.  We will see them stuck on the hamster wheel of sin that they would never be able to get themselves off of.  We and these people may not be able to get off the hamster wheel of sin BUT Jesus changes everything.

Our verse for week three is:

“For I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.  So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.  For I have the desire to do what is right, but no the ability to carry it out…..

Wretched man that I AM!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Romans 7:15-19 & 7:24-25

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Week four we will see God speaking to his people through prophets.   This week we will see when the people of God abandon Him.  They may run from him but he continues to pursue them because of his steadfast love.  This week we will get to see the proclamations that a Savior is coming to do what they and we could never do.

Our verse for week four is:

“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God?  Will what is molded say to its molder “Why have you made me like this?”  Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable se and another for dishonorable use?  What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction in order to make know in the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory-even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?  As indeed he says in Hosea,

“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’

And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people.’ There they will be called sons of the living God.”

Romans 9:20-26

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Week five will be short but oh so sweet.  We will see how God uses John to prepare the way.  We will read about the birth of Jesus.  We will be reminded that the shepherds were told by angels about the baby who was born.

Grace from the Start_ Advent Reflections on the Cross in the Old Testament


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