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Advent 2020: Third Day Hope

Third Day Hope
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Disaster is usually followed by despair and then we wait, hoping a new day will come when life will return to normal. Is this a fool’s dream or a trusted pattern that we can base our lives on. Is our hope that God will hear our cry and come to us something we can count on? I believe it is because it fits God’s pattern of arriving “on the third day” all through scripture. 

See you Sunday,

Pastor John Terpstra

From Pastor Mark:

Crestview family,
The holidays are upon us.  When it comes to Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for and how is your gratitude manifesting itself in your life with those around you?  When it comes to Christmas, how is the spirit of humility and generosity manifesting itself in your life with those around you?  As followers of Jesus, these two holidays provide opporunity for our light to shine.  In the midst of worldwide COVID, God has given us life and ability to be the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus.  Our holiday plans have been greatly altered this year and yet we are grateful to God for his immesurable gift of love and unbelievable storehouse of blessings showered on us.  

As we celebrate Thanksgiving 2020 may it be a time of giving thanks and of thanks giving.  As we begin Advent this coming Sunday, may it be a season of continued longing for God’s kingdom come and of his light shining in the darkness.  The supreme gift of Jesus is THE GIFT of hope for the world.  And it is a gift that keeps giving.  So lean into God’s love through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior this holiday season.  And don’t keep it to yourself – let others know!

I am passing on a devotional from Wycliffe.  It is something that can keep all of us on the same page during Advent with a weekly devotional throughout the season.  It has some good interactive activities and links to music, songs, etc.  Enjoy.   

Wycliffe Advent Devotional: Weary World Rejoices!

Pastor Mark