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Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Baptists Observing Advent

Today, we visited out local Lifeway store. Lifeway is the commercial arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. So, there we were circling the store, when just past the Bibles, we spotted Advent candles on the top shelf. Advent candles in a Baptist bookstore, who knew?

We inquired of a clerk stocking Christmas decorations if there were any Advent wreaths for the forementioned candles. She replied that "No" she didn't recall seeing any. Imagine our suprise moments later when returning down the center aisle we found an end-cap displaying not only more Advent candles, but Advent wreaths and two advent books. One of the books was actually a pre-advent book and listed activities to be followed during the four weeks of November in order to prepare oneself for the liturgical season of Advent.

Growing up in the American South, I don't recall any observance of Advent among the many Baptists of the day. Certainly, those King James Only purists would have known of Advent as the dates for Advent Sunday were included in the Almanac inside the original 1611 King James Bible as we have previously noted here at CAS.

I would love to hear from Baptists regarding your congregations observance of Advent. Please feel free to comment below.

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Blogger Josh Gelatt said...

My church observes a truncated form of the liturgical calendar. As such, we do observe Advent yearly. I have found the calendar to be a powerful witness to the gospel. Once I explained to my people that the intention of the church calendar was to ensure the gospel message was communicated/taught throughout the 12-month cycle, they quickly embraced it.

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