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Each day, we'll add a daily devotion to help you think through the AC Themes: Worship Fully / Spend Less / Give More / Love All. On the right, you can listen to the AC Sermons from the Launch. Also check out the links to all kinds of Advent Resources.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday's Devotion

Advent Conspiracy Daily Devotion
Friday, December 5, 2008
What Do You Get a Boy Who Gave Everything? by Leslie Barr, Interim Director of Children & Family Ministires

What Do You Get a Boy Who Gave Everything?
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.“
Psalm 95:6-7

Are you making your lists, checking them twice? It’s that time of year again.
The time for lists. So much to do, so little time. Who’s getting what?
If I add that ‘one more thing’ to child #1’s list, will I need to find another
‘something or other’ for child #2?

Soon, the lists keep getting longer and the piles keep growing higher and before I know it, I’ve completely lost control. As parents, we love watching our children open presents, but sometimes our generosity can lead them down a greedy road. So how can we maintain control?

Maybe BEFORE we start figuring out who gets what we should think of at least a few gifts for the Birthday Boy. Remember HIM? The Good Shepherd? Emmanuel? For starters, I think he would love to have our honor, praise and devotion. Let’s offer him our presence through prayer.

Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, we joyfully sing your praises. You are our steadfast shepherd; guiding us and watching over us.. We thank you for your love and care and for sending your son, Jesus, to save us from our sin.

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