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Here Now ~ Pender’s Own Advent Devotional!


From Pastor Kenny Newsome:

Welcome to the season of Advent!

Advent is a time of waiting, expectation and preparation for the coming of the Christ.  Traditionally, Advent started 6 weeks before Christmas and was a time to reflect and examine on one’s life and the things in it that would cause us not to celebrate and gain the fullness of Christmas joy.  Then the church shortened the time to 4 weeks and in doing so lost some of its meaning.

All of us know that Advent is the time of preparation.  We adorn our homes with greenery, put up the tree, hang wreathes and string the lights, all for the purpose of celebrating Christmas.  However, I wonder if we spend as much time getting our hearts ready to “receive our King” as we do on the material trappings?

This year, Pender members have given us a gift of their reflections of Christmas.  It is our hope and prayer that you and your family will use this booklet to prepare for a “holy Christmas” rooted in the birth of our Savior and Lord Jesus.  Just a few moments of prayer, scripture reading and reflection in the quiet of Advent will lead you and yours into a true celebration and not just having another holiday meal.

Let’s prepare our hearts and make Jesus the reason for the season!

The Pender Advent Devotional is available on the Pender website.


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From YouVersion: Intentional Preparation for Easter

From my email:

People around the world will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Sunday, March 31. In the weeks leading up to Easter, many individuals put intentional practices in place to focus on the nature and meaning of Christ’s sacrifice. This year Lent begins on Wednesday, February 13.

Please consider joining the YouVersion community in preparing your heart with one of the following Reading Plans, each one designed specifically for this season:

Bringing the Bible to Life

As we study Jesus’ life and his sacrifice for us, it helps to understand the context of his time on earth. The Bible is a five-part series from Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett that breathes life into tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. We’ve been chosen as the official Bible App for the series, and very soon you’ll be able to watch video content right in the Bible App. The Bible series begins 3-3-13; check your local TV listings for times.


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Bible Gateway Lent Devotionals Are Here

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From my email:

Lent is coming! The season of Lent–the approximately six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday–begins on Wednesday, February 13. And that means….

Bible Gateway Lent Devotionals Are Here

Christians around the world observe Lent in a wide variety of ways. Some commit to daily Scripture meditation, devotional reading, or regular prayer. One common practice during Lent is to “give up” something you take for granted as an act of self-denial–and as a way to center our priorities around Jesus Christ and nothing else.

However you choose to observe Lent this year, we’ve got several email devotionals designed to help you stay focused on Jesus during the long journey to Easter:

  • Lent Devotions: An eclectic mix of Scripture readings, prayers, and reflections to help you ground your thoughts on Jesus Christ during the Easter season.
  • The Story of Jesus: Read through the entire life of Jesus Christ, beginning with his birth and culminating in his death and glorious resurrection.
  • Readings for Lent and Easter from The Voice: Daily Bible readings to help root you in Scripture throughout Lent, drawn from The Voice Bible translation.

Sign for up for these devotionals on our Newsletters page. All three begin on Wednesday, February 13.

Each of these devotionals takes a slightly different reflective approach to the Lent experience. Individually or collectively, they’ll give you something to think, pray, and reflect on as Easter approaches!

However you observe this season, we wish you a blessed, reflective Lent. It may seem far away now, but the joyous hope of Easter is coming!

The Bible Gateway Team

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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Bible Study, Get Involved!, Lent


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What’s New at Bible Gateway

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From Bible Gateway

Here’s the latest news from Bible Gateway:

• Starting today and running through January 21, the complete NIV is available for download in the Bible Gateway app! If you don’t already have the free Bible Gateway app for your mobile device, you can download it here. (Brought to you by Biblica and Zondervan.)

• We’ve added new devotional starting January 1 to help you make Bible reading a daily habit: the Once-a-Day Bible Promises devotional. Sign up today!

• Our first new devotional for 2013 is here: sign up today to receive Bible Life Coaching with Sheri Rose Shepherd starting in January! Read more here.

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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Posts of Interest


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