Another Advent Family Devotional book: Prepare Him Room, Celebrating the Birth of Jesus with Your Family

October 31, 2014

Tim Challies recommended this at his blog today. It looks excellent and solid.

prepare him room


It’s currently on sale at Wesminster Seminary Bookstore, and is also available at Amazon.

There’s a very helpful 13 page sample that you can download (PDF), which helps you get a feel for the book.

Here’s a brief summary about the book copied from the sample I downloaded.

This book comprises thirteen family Advent devotionals—three for each of the four weeks of Advent and one more for Christmas—as well as an original Christmas short story called “Bartimaeus: AChristmas Story” for your family to enjoy. Each week, the first devotional explores a significant Old Testament prophecy that foretells the coming of our Savior. The second highlights an announcement of the birth of the Savior or his mission, and the third explores a way the earlier prophecy and announcement have been fulfilled in the life of Christ.
Each day features the lyrics of a traditional Christmas carol,in addition to several new songs, that follow the theme of that week’sdevotions. The companion CD,Prepare Him Room: Celebrating theBirth of Jesus in Song, includes the new songs, as well as updated arrangements and new verses to some of the older carols for you to enjoy and sing with your family throughout the Christmas season. Instructions are included on how to make and incorporate anAdvent wreath into your family times.
This is now the third Advent book for family devotions / family activities which we’ve posted in the past month.
Here is a link to find all the Advent books we’ve posted.

Luke 12, Nehemiah 1, and Psalm 40

October 31, 2014

10/27/2014, #7, 4th Quarter 2014

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15)
      Holy Spirit, help us as a people to recognize the truth of what Jesus is saying to us.

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ‘ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21)
      Lord, we live in a poverty stricken country — rich in things and poor in spirit. Have mercy upon us.

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Luke 12:27)

But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:31-33)
      Father, move our hearts to seek after your kingdom.

And I said: “I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, you who keep your covenant and mercy with those who love you and observe your commandments, please let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, that you may hear the prayer of your servant which I pray before you now, day and night, for the children of the Episcopal Church your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Episcopal Church which we have sinned against you. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against you, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which you commanded your servants Moses and Jesus. Remember, I pray, the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to me, and keep my commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for my name.’ Now these are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power, and by your strong hand. O Lord, I pray, please let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who desire to fear your name; and let your servant prosper this day, I pray,” (Nehemiah 1:5-11a adapted)
      Holy Father, we are a church that is being scattered day by day. Restore us, bring us back to you.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. (Psalm 40:2)
      LORD, establish my steps.

WORD: You are in my care — keep looking to me for help.
WORD: Come to me; let me help you with your labors.
WORD: Don’t be afraid.
WORD: Look to me.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Ecclus. 50:1,11-24 or Ezra 7:27-28, 8:21-36; Rev. 17:1-18; Luke 13:31-35
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Ecclus. 51:1-12 or Ezra 9:1-15; Rev. 18:1-14; Luke 14:1-11;

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 4:50 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Kermit (man) — “Hope for my girlfriend.”

Dan (staff) — We prayed for his daughter’s marriage.

Ted (volunteer) — “For everybody.” His granddaughter Camille is having all of her old mercury based fillings drilled out and replaced with newer materials.

+Stephen (young man who has prayed for us) — We prayed for courage for him to share the gospel. He blessed us with joy.

Sandra (young woman) — “Pray for my mom Frances. She has cancer.”

+Michael (man) — “My wife has been dead for 6 years and I miss her so much.”

+++Ricos (young man) — Pray for Go to watch over me and my family and friends.”

+Clarence (man) — “For a job and for my son [who is in jail up the street] that he will get out of jail.”

Albany Intercessor

New Advent Resource for 2014: Ann Voskamp’s “Unwrapping the Greatest Gift”

October 31, 2014

Note:  This book is Currently ON SALE at Christian Book Distributors (save 40%)


Looking to start a new Advent family tradition?

Ann Voskamp’s newly updated Advent devotional book may be just what you need.  It teaches about how to make Jesse Trees, provides ornaments and daily devotionals for each day, as well as suggestions for family activities. It’s only available in hardcover, so it’s an investment, but this could easily become a yearly family Advent tradition, so I think it’s worth the investment – less than $1 per day of Advent…


Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

Unwrapping Greatest Gift

Ann Voskamp is the author of two NY Times Bestselling devotional books, a popular speaker, and blogger. (Her blog is A Holy Experience).  Her bestselling books are:

  • 1000 Gifts, focusing on the importance of gratitude
  • The Greatest Gift, an encouraging Advent devotional (for adults) – I read it last Advent and really enjoyed it.  It was spiritually refreshing and helped me find moments of quiet and rest to keep Advent holy.



Prayer collections on Autism and Neurologic Disease

October 31, 2014

One of our primary blog contributors here at Lent & Beyond, Jill Woodliff, has a special concern (personal and professional) for Autism and Neurologic disorders. Over the years, she has written over a hundred prayers related to Autism and Neurologic Disease and injury.

I’ve created tags now to make it easier to find those prayer collections.

Neurologic Disease

Also, there is this menu of about 90 prayers for Neurologic Disease and healing (not all of these prayers are tagged yet).

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