It’s December 1, and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun (unless you’re Hobby Lobby, then the countdown started last June)! We are just weeks away from one of the biggest days on the world’s calendar – and for good reason.

Jesus’ birth is the only birth in human history that literally split time in half. I know, I know, your college professors will tell you “B.C.” is actually “B.C.E.” and stands for “Before Common Era,” but don’t let them fool you. It’s Before Christ. Jesus’ birth split time in half. His birth is so significant that 2,000 years later, we are still measuring every event based on its relationship and proximity to the birth of Christ!

There are lots of traditions and celebrations surrounding and leading up to Christmas, and this year, we’d love to have you join in with us at Awaken! As we gear up for Christmas Day, we are journeying through the topics of Advent: hope, peace, joy, and love. Our team has put together an Advent reading plan that takes us through snapshots of the Christmas story as well as related passages of Scripture from throughout the Bible. Each day’s reading also comes with a couple discussion questions that will help you dive further.

So gather some friends or family, grab some an eggnog latte or some hot chocolate, and join us as we prepare our hearts for one of the greatest love stories ever told: the birth of God’s only Son!


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