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"The Weight Of The Crown"

Advent Devotional Booklet

Each year pastors from different cities in the US, and Canada, prepare devotions for a series of Advent Devotional Booklets edited by Rev. Dan Guagenti. This year's theme is "The Weight of the Crown." You may read them here. You are also welcome to print and share them.  Week 1,  Week 2

Theme Thursday: It's All About the Gift

For Theme Thursday during Advent we're going to follow the theme, "It's All About the Gift." Have you ever found yourself concerned that Christmas today seems to focus too much on presents? Presents, presents, presents! With a little change in focus, that be could be a very good thing.

A Classic For The Family:

"Red Boots For Christmas"

Millions of viewers around the world have seen this award-winning animated special. Watch as Hans the shoemaker learns the true meaning of Christmas as he receives the ultimate gift. Click here to watch it free on your phone or computer. It's also included free with Amazon Prime Video.

Life This Side of Heaven

"We walk by faith not by sight”

(2 Corinthians 5:7).


Jesus gives us life with Him now and eternal life in heaven. Real life. But where is it?  

You and I experience sin, shame and suffering in this world every day. Where is this life that Jesus talks about? It's easy to get bogged down by the weight of all that we experience on this side of heaven.


It's into the midst of all of this that Jesus has come and has rescued us. When we look for evidence of God's love He directs our focus to His Son, to Jesus, on the cross.

In love, Jesus took our sin and shame upon Himself. By His suffering and death on the cross you have the forgiveness of all of your sins. And Jesus is with us now and brings that comfort and mercy to us every day in His Word, in Holy Baptism, and in the Lord's Supper.


These daily audio devotions will take us into God's Word and to the cross so that we may rejoice – not just when the day comes when we are standing before His throne, but even now. In Lamentations 3:21-24 we hear, "Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.'” Here's Good News to hear every day of our life this side of heaven.   

Rev. David Tannahill

Retired LCMS Lutheran Pastor

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