Wednesday, Fourth 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 clarity about where your battle with sin really lies

For patience with others in their battles

Text: Psalm 24:10

Look to Christ and you will see how the Lord fights.—Pr. Golden

THERE IS AN OLD GOSPEL song I learned in my childhood:

The Lord will fight my battles for me

And he has given the victory—

There’s no need to worry

And no need to fret.

The Lord God Almighty’s never failed me yet!

And he has given the victory.

This victory that comes from God’s mighty hand is victory over sin, death and evil. It is a battle that was begun at our baptism and is waged daily as we journey through life. It is a battle that is fought deep within, at the cracked line that jags through each human heart. It is a battle that is waged as we laugh, weep, rage, and love with one another.

This battle is begun when God enters into this world—in the form of one we might easily ignore, think weak and quickly defeated, be lulled by sentimentality.

But the child we behold is the warrior long promised. And he will not fail us.

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.


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

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.