Advent Reflections: Preparing for the Birth of Our Savior with Tim Gray

Advent Reflections: Preparing for the Birth of Our Savior with Tim Gray

23 Episodes

How will you prepare for Christmas?
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.

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Advent Reflections: Preparing for the Birth of Our Savior with Tim Gray
  • Day 1: 3 Keys to a Special Advent

    Episode 1

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    "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
    Reflect
    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 Christm...

  • Day 2: The Coming Messiah

    Episode 2

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    "When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles." —Psalm 34:17
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, I look to the past with awe to see how you delivered your people Israel from oppression and their sin. I look to the present with gratitude for the many graces you ...

  • Day 3: A Journey of Faith

    Episode 3

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    "For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come." —Hebrews 13:14
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, I know I was created from the eternal exchange of life and love within your Blessed Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and that I am destined to share in that eternal communion for ...

  • Day 4: Why All the Purple?

    Episode 4

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    "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass." —Zechariah 9:9
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, we know from your word that at the name of Jesus every knee s...

  • Day 5: The Suffering Servant

    Episode 5

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, what a great mystery that you would come as a Messiah who suffers. Like Joseph the Patriarch, who was betrayed, sold, imprisoned...

  • Day 6: The Messianic Ruler

    Episode 6

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    "[A]nd 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, wh...

  • Day 7: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!

    Episode 7

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, it is hard to fathom a place where I w...

  • Day 8: A Light of Hope

    Episode 8

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    "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."...

  • Day 9: Who is John the Baptist?

    Episode 9

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    "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
    Refle...

  • Day 10: Repent and Be Ready

    Episode 10

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, John the Baptist fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah as the voice crying out in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of the Lord." Help me to prepare ...

  • Day 11: Speak Truth

    Episode 11

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    "Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another." —Ephesians 4:25
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, you have promised that we can know the truth and that the truth will set us free. Help me to conform every aspect of my life to the trut...

  • Day 12: Reform the Church

    Episode 12

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, I know that at every moment you are laboring to love me, to reveal yourself to me, and to offer me newness of life. And yet, I often go about my...

  • Day 13: Remember God's Promise

    Episode 13

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    "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." —Hebrews 10:23
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, I am so grateful that you fulfilled your promise to us by sending the Holy Spirit. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I have become a temple for your divine life. ...

  • Day 14: We Can't Do This Alone

    Episode 14

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, your grace is truly amazing. It tells me that there is nothing that I can do to earn your mercy, love, ...

  • Day 15: Gaudete Sunday

    Episode 15

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, forgive me for the times I have lacked a joyful witness. Those are the times I fail to trust that you are at hand. I know that I am never wit...

  • Day 16: Cultivating Real Joy

    Episode 16

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, I invite you to reveal to me thos...

  • Day 17: The Nativity Set

    Episode 17

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, you be...

  • Day 18: Am I Making Progress?

    Episode 18

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, you have invited me onto this journey of faith, a pilgrimage to my true homeland with you in heaven forever. Help me to remain faithful, abide in y...

  • Day 19: Evergreens

    Episode 19

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, I know that every moment of my existence is sustained by your love. May I rejoice always because I am never without your love ...

  • Day 20: Due Praise

    Episode 20

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, you are worthy of my praise! Even all the praise I could give would not come close to sufficiently praising you. Increa...

  • Day 21: Give Thanks

    Episode 21

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    "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
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, forgive me for the times that I take for grant...

  • Day 22: God Visits Us

    Episode 22

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    "And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.'" —Luke 1:45
    Reflect
    Dear Lord, Elizabeth was joyfully aware of your presence in the womb of our Blessed Mother and even her baby John leapt for joy in her womb. May I be even more joy...

  • Day 23: A Sign as High as Heaven

    Episode 23

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    "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman'u-el." –Isaiah 7:14
    Reflect
    Dear Jesus, I marvel at the depths of history that proclaimed your coming. Tomorrow, may I welcome you into my heart and my home. Y...