Posts with the category “advent”

Advent: Dec. 23 // A Place of Peace
December 23rd, 2022
Depending on your background and life experiences, what you think of when you read the word "church" can vary. You may be thinking of Chestnut Ridge Church, or a small family church you grew up in. It...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 22 // God's Gift of Peace
December 22nd, 2022
Everyone longs for peace, but where does it come from? Where can we find it? Everything around us this time of year appears merry and bright, but if most people were honest, they'd likely say that thi...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 21 // Prince of Peace
December 21st, 2022
It’s hard to imagine a time when peace did not exist. But when we look back on that first Christmas, it was a time in history that was filled with despair. The peace that God created in the Garden of ...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 20 // When Peace Was Lost
December 20th, 2022
For me, peace is something that is hard to come by. I have twin 5-year-old boys and a 9-year-old daughter. One of the few times I get peace is that couple of hours between their bedtimes and mine. It’...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 19 // Something Better
December 19th, 2022
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for peace is shalom. The most basic meaning of shalom is complete or whole. Shalom refers to something that is complex, with lots of pieces, that is in a state of...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Week Four // Peace
December 18th, 2022
There is no state of being more desirable and yet even more so elusive in our time and culture than peace. Quiet. Stillness. The absence of conflict. All defining features of peace that our hearts yea...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 16 // Everything is a Loss
December 16th, 2022
I have heard it said that happiness is “because of” while joy is “in spite of.” Happiness is a direct result of our circumstances — we are only happy when our circumstances are “good.” On the other ha...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 15 // The Joy of Jesus' Death
December 15th, 2022
I have often imagined what it would have been like to watch the events of Jesus’ crucifixion unfold; to see Him drag that rough, heavy cross to the place of murderers and thieves; to watch Christ spil...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 14 // Gaze Upon the King
December 14th, 2022
They, the magi, who charted the stars and attached religious significance to their movements, were intrigued. Seeing this celestial phenomenon would, of course, spark their interest. Understanding thi...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 13 // The Big Picture
December 13th, 2022
As the holiday draws near, it’s easy to find ourselves caught up in busyness and activities that exhaust our bodies and overwhelm our minds. Perhaps this Christmas season finds you feeling weary. We c...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 12 // The Joy of Restoration
December 12th, 2022
As I look back on my life, I have had many joy-filled memories. Time with friends and family over a meal, graduations (mine as well as others), the feelings of hope and joy as I looked into the eyes o...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Week Three // Joy
December 11th, 2022
We are surrounded by many words during the holiday season, intended to inspire and encourage, but these terms sometimes lose their true meaning when viewed through an earthly lens. The term “Joy” invo...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 09 // Living by Faith
December 9th, 2022
When I think about that verse and living by faith, I realize that having faith is sometimes very difficult. Having faith is especially difficult if you are a very organized and methodical person, such...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 08 // Faith Alone in Christ Alone
December 8th, 2022
Ephesians 2:8-10 provides one of the clearest explanations in the entire Bible as to how we are transformed when we place our faith in Jesus Christ: we are “saved,” we become a “new creation,” and we ...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 07 // Obedience
December 7th, 2022
As I sit here listening to the song Mary, Did You Know?, I am led to think about the moment when Gabriel came to deliver news to Mary. I envision her in the kitchen, doing her normal evening routine, ...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 06 // The One Behind Everything
December 6th, 2022
Faith is a biblical concept that is described in scripture but it is not defined. To be defined, faith needs to have evidence that establishes a fact or the truth. We are able to discover the truth on...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 05 // Choose to Believe
December 5th, 2022
In 1981, the rock group Journey had a massive hit called Don’t Stop Believin'. The writer of the song, Jonathan Cain, felt called to music but was struggling, barely making it. On a call with his dad,...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Week Two // Faith
December 4th, 2022
During this season of Christmas, we are bombarded with the celebration and culture of Christmas that tells us to Believe. It is very materialistic. It is a belief that if you wish for it, you will get...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 02 // New Life is Coming
December 2nd, 2022
As an artist, much of my time is spent trying to think creatively. One doesn’t have to look far to be inspired by what God has designed — I’m constantly blown away by the depth of creativity that exis...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Dec. 01 // There is Hope
December 1st, 2022
Christmas is a time of year when many of us reflect, myself included. And sometimes, during those moments of reflection, our joyful celebrations are accompanied by feelings of sadness and weariness, a...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Nov. 30 // Christmas is About the Cross
November 30th, 2022
Our family loves traditions and making memories, especially at this time of year. Our annual Christmas “bucket list” includes several things, like baking and decorating Christmas cookies, driving arou...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Nov. 29 // Hold on to Hope
November 29th, 2022
While the first whispers of a Savior sent from God were uttered in Genesis 3, they were not the last. God continued to reveal more and more about who the Messiah would be, where He would come from, an...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Nov. 28 // His Name is Jesus
November 28th, 2022
2022 is coming to an end. As we look to the next four weeks — the Advent season — my prayer is that we listen carefully, as the God of the Universe speaks to us through His Word. This first week of Ad...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Week One // Hope
November 27th, 2022
Often when we think of hope, we think of unsubstantiated optimism. However, that is not what the Bible means when it talks about Hope. That is not what our God offers us. He presents us with a much mo...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson
Advent: Introduction
November 9th, 2022
The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer The ...  Read More
by Brandy Gibson