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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.

Evangelical Christians Adopting Advent

Apparently, we were on to something when we noted the presence of advent candles, wreaths, and books in our local Lifeway Christian Store. Its seems that not only Baptists, but evangelical Christians in general are re-discovering the liturgical season of Advent. Perhaps some have read our post on the original 1611 KJV Bible and discovered that it contained an almanac givingthe dates for the First Sunday of Advent.

USA Today followed our post with their story on "Evangelicals Adopting Advent." They report:

"Popular evangelical authors are offering readings and composing prayers for the Advent season. And Family Christian Stores, the nation's largest Christian retailer with 301 stores nationwide, has seen sales of Advent-related items climb 35% in the past year."

Wanna-be missional, reformed evangelical and thawing-out seminary grad Jeff Wright has assembled about a dozen links to non-Catholic Advent resources on his Pursuing Truth blog. Among Jeff's links are online Advent devotionals from Lutheran Hour Ministries and Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus from the St. Nicholas Center. Jeff plans to add more links as he discovers additional Advent resources. If you know of any, please take time to comment on his blog.

Perhaps after spending four weeks preparing to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus, these same eangelicals will feel shortchanged by a one day celebration of Christmas and re-discover that Christmas is actually a 12 day liturgical season with similar opportunities for prayer and to fall deeper in love with Christ.

Of course, there are those evangelical Christians that see Advent as 100% Catholic and will reject the opportunity to grow in prayer solely for its Catholic roots. We fully expect that Ken Silva hear of the trend and add Advent observance to his growing list of activitites contributing to the apostacy of the "Christian" church.

Related Posts:
Baptists Observing Advent
Baptists Recovering Lost Catholic Treasure of Lent

Source: Evangelicals adopting Advent

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Blogger Ken Silva said...

"there are those evangelical Christians that see Advent as 100% Catholic"

While I am deeply moved by your loving example, I must tell you I am not an evangelical. peace...

11:11 AM  
Blogger Jeff Wright said...

Hey Timothy. Thanks for the link and the call for other resources. I'd be glad to have folks share some links at Pursuing Truth. Its been interesting to read the comments section of the USA TODAY article talking about evangelicals becoming either Catholic or pagan by observing Advent ;). I share your hope that Christians will use this season to "fall deeper in love with Christ." Take care.

Pursuing Truth,
Jeff Wright

12:26 PM  

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