Monday, Second Week of Advent

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

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:

To seek the good of others

For the joy of Christ’s zeal for you

Text: Psalm 122:9, John 2:15-19

Christ, who dwells in you, seeks only what is good. –Pr. Golden

ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE will consume me!

John quotes the Psalmist (Psalm 69) as he recalls the memory of Jesus cleansing the Temple. But why does Jesus do it?

Because of his love for God and for his neighbor.

When the Temple officials confront Jesus, he admonishes them for turning the center of Israel’s life into a market, a place where the sheep of God’s pasture are being fleeced! What the Temple has become neither honors God nor enables worshippers to know God.

In our own lives, we turn from God and neighbor because of our sin. We disdain others in our pride, we fear others in our weakness, we hate others in our anger. Yet Christ, who is zealous with love for us, turns us from sin, gives us new hearts for him alone. He comes and cleanses the temple of our hearts, that we may honor and know God and turn to our neighbors in love.

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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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.