Matthew 2:1-12After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We've seen his star in the east, and we've come to honor him." When King Herod heard this, he was troubled, and everyone in Jerusalem was troubled with him. He gathered all the ch...Keep Reading
Advent is the season of expectation and hope for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. During the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas, the Christian Church observes Advent as a time of preparation—waiting for the light of Jesus to enter the darkness of the fallen world.
Even though the infant King, Savior of the world made His entrance over 2000 years ago, we prepare for His coming each year recognizing that His arrival was the beginning of our story—Christ’s birth set a whole new world in motion, and each year we eagerly await the celebration of His birth and we await and prepare for the fulfillment of all that is promised because of His coming. It is a time to think about our part in the Christian story and to open our hearts and minds to new ways of making the hope of Christ known in the world.
The devotions that are assembled here represent the thoughts of Salem’s pastors and some staff and lay people as they considered Scriptures associated with the Advent season. We hope that as you read the daily entries, it will help you to focus on the coming light of Christ and encourage you to grow deeper in your faith in Him. If we each move even a little closer to Christ, perhaps God will use us to help the powers of hope, peace, joy, and love to prevail in our world.