Advent with Tim Gray
This Advent season, walk with Dr. Tim Gray on a journey of renewal to ready your heart for the coming of Christ. Each day of Advent, Dr. Gray will unpack the meaning of this season and its rich traditions, as well as offer practical advice for making this Advent your best yet.
Day 1: 3 Keys to a Special Advent
"Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah." —Jeremiah 33:14
Dear Lord, help me to seek you first during this Advent journey so that there will be room in my heart for the Christ Child this Chri...
Day 2: We, too, are Israel
"When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles." —Psalm 34:17
Day 3: The Journey We're All On
"For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come." —Hebrews 13:14
Day 4: The History of Purple
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you." — Zechariah 9:9
Day 5: There Were Two Messianic Prophecies
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole." —Isaiah 53:5–7
Day 6: What "Christ's Coming" Actually Means
"Behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is everlasting dominion, which shall n...
Day 7: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!
"And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a great voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, the dwelling of God is with men.'" —Revelation 21:2–3
Day 8: Hope - Something to Continually Pray For
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house. Let our light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." —Mat...
Day 9: A Pivotal Minor Character
"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.' For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, 'The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord.'" —Matthew 3:1–3
Day 10: How are you doing?
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." —1 John 1:9
Day 11: Truth Be Told
"Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another." —Ephesians 4:25
Day 12: Moving Forward
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come." —2 Corinthians 5:17
Day 13: The Weight of a Promise
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." —Hebrews 10:23
Day 14: We Can't Do This Alone
"A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." —Ezekiel 36:26
Day 15: What's so special about this week?
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand." —Philippians 4:4–5
Day 16: The Difference Between Happiness and Joy
"I will extol thee, my God and King, and bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day I will bless thee, and praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable." —Psalm 145:1–3
Day 17: What Really Happened in Bethlehem
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men." —Philippians 2:5–7
Day 18: The Journey Continues
"And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." —Philippians 1:6
Day 19: Evergreens
"Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." —1 Thessalonians 5:16–18
Day 20: Due Praise/
"Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have being." —Psalm 146:1–2
Day 21: The Greatest Gift We've Ever Been Given
"With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: 'Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name; make known his deeds among the nations, proclaim that his name is exalted.'" —Isaiah 12:3–4
Day 22: Giving to Others
"During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice ...
Day 23: Hail Mary
"The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and po...
Day 24: A Sign as High as Heaven
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel." –Isaiah 7:14