Celebrating Advent

Start some new traditions this Christmas as you celebrate Jesus' arrival

Recommended Resources to Use

The Advent Project

Advent calendars come in all shapes and sizes but what they have in common is a daily rhythm of anticipatory reflection. Each day of the Advent Project features a Scripture passage, a devotion written by a member of the Biola community, a work of visual art, a poem, and a piece of music. This online calendar (and email subscription) is designed to help you pause each day to reflect on the beauty and meaning of the season. 

Weekly videos from the Bible Project introducing themes for each of the 4 weeks of Advent.

Jesus Storybook Bible

What do you love most about Christmas? Most of us might say, PRESENTS! And probably all the grown-ups will laugh and want us to say something more worthy. But actually do you know what? You’re right. That IS the best, most important thing about Christmas. Because, you see, Christmas is all about a present—a gift. The greatest, most magnificent gift there has ever been. Pairs with Jesus Storybook Bible.

Nail that Advent Vibe…

From music to smells to lighting, setting the stage for reflection and celebration is important! Here are some more ideas.

Wreath & Candles

Traditionally, advent also means lighting a weekly candle. You can make or buy simple advent wreath. Enjoy lighting each Sunday or everyday, accompanied by as much or little scripture, discussion, prayer, and songs as you wish. There are a variety of meanings/symbolism for each candle. The PDFs above would accompany your candles & wreath. Here are some kid-friendly ideas for making a wreath.


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Current Episode


Wouldn’t it be great to actually hear God answer our questions about life? What school should I go to? What job should I take? Should I get married? It would make life so much easier if he would just clearly speak to us, wouldn’t it? So why doesn't he? Why doesn't he just tell us what we should do? Well, maybe he offers something better.

Episode Breakdown:
00:40 A mostly focused welcome with some gifs
04:40 with Jon: If God were real, wouldn't he show us?
06:40 Can we hear God?
08:01 But is it him?
15:00 When it maybe isn’t him…
16:56 Problem solved (?)
19:30 What do we really want?
21:35 A decision to make…
22:12 Advice & a challenge
25:18 Wrap up with monica & aaron
27:41 Questions & Outtakes

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▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Psalm 23
Romans 12:1-2
Galatians 5:16-26
1 John 3:20

▶ Recommended Resources:
Henry Blackaby- Experiencing God: https://blackaby.org/experiencing-god/
Dallas Willard- Hearing God: https://renovare.org/books/hearing-god

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
The All-American Rejects: Move Along- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XleOkGsYgO8
ZZ Top: La Grange- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vppbdf-qtGU
United Pursuit: Simple Gospel- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1kLr_KSlG8

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