Friday, Third Week of Advent

As a part of our Advent observances at Grace, we are making use of Concordia Publishing’s Behold the Child materials for worship. Our web devotions through Christmas will be guided by Pastor Kevin Golden’s devotional booklet written in support of the Behold the Child theme (you may purchase a downloadable copy of Pr. Golden’s book by following this link).

Prayer Pointers:

For confidence in God in all of life

For your plans to be rooted in God’s purposes for you

Text: Psalm 146:5

Biblical hope…is grounded upon the promises of God. –Pr. Golden

IN WHAT DO YOU place your hope? When the chips are down, and you are on your last throw, where is your hope?

For most of us, hope is a word expressing a particular kind of emotion, a sense that “everything will be fine,” an optimism about the future. “I feel hopeful” is what we generally mean when we talk about hope.

Christian hope is something different. Resting in God’s unchanging promises, hope is an indication of certainty. Hope is about the object of our hope—the thing hoped for—but also about the activity of hoping—we work, plan, take action on the basis of our confidence in God. We recalibrate our lives on the basis of God’s Word, trusting him for the results that come.

As we approach the end of our Advent time, be mindful of how this child that is on the way is the answer to all hopes.

May you live in Advent hope ~ Pr. Dave Brooks

--Quoted materials are from Behold the Child Daily Devotions #12-4563

© 2019 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission under license 20:12-1.


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824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.