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Pastor Brock's Christmas Devotions

Be sure to follow Pastor Brock's inspirational Christmas Devotions - every day until Christmas.

New Devotions will appear every morning beginning November 28th, 2021.

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Christmas Day

Saturday, December 25, 2021 "Rest and Reset" All is quiet. All is calm, and all is bright. Finally, Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem last night. After a long, pregnant journey, they can finally rest. Or can they? I would love to think that the baby Jesus didn’t cry when he needed something. I...

1 Day to Christmas

Friday, Dec 24, 2021 “Christmas Invitation” Whew! Is anyone else breathing a sigh of relief? It’s finally here, the long-awaited day. I’m not referring to Christmas Day; I’m expressing some relief because Christmas Eve has finally arrived. This is a big day for folks who are leading and...

2 Days to Christmas

Thursday, Dec 23, 2021 “This is OUR Christmas!” Boy, Howdy! The Christmas countdown has blown by us. Where did all the time go? How do I not have everything finished? I’ve accomplished lots of things, but I still don’t feel like I’m ready! If you’re a parent like me, you know what it’s like to...

3 Days to Christmas

Wednesday, Dec 22, 2021 “God Bless Mama” It’s the Hump Day before Christmas and it’s all downhill from here. I’m guessing that Santa’s workshop has stopped production. A few of us are still trying to click an express shipping button to receive it by Christmas, but we’re gonna pay through Rudolph’s...

4 Days to Christmas

Tuesday, Dec 21, 2021 “Choose Option C” Yep! Just four more days until Christmas! Today is a mess; today is also calm. Today is bothersome; today is also peaceful. I’ve got some unhappiness, but truth be told, life is joyful. As the countdown nears my favorite day, I find that the chaotic problems...

5 Days to Christmas

Monday, Dec 20, 2021 “Fear Not!” It’s getting real. Five Days until Christmas! I’m afraid I may not finish my shopping list for gifts and groceries. I’m afraid I’ve messed up the gifts I’ve already purchased. I’m afraid I don’t have enough energy to make it to Christmas, that I don’t have enough...

6 Days to Christmas

Sunday, Dec 19, 2021 The Key to Christmas Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the week attributed to the theme of LOVE. I suppose that LOVE makes the most sense of all of the themes, especially since it is the reason we have Christmas. It would be easy to lean on John 3:16 and...

7 Days to Christmas

Saturday, Dec 18, 2021 “Guaranteed to Forget (Fill in the Blank)!” Woohoo! Just one week until Christmas and today is the last Saturday of shopping! We have a Guarantee that roads will be full of vehicles, sidewalks packed with baby strollers and pooch walkers, and the stores will be crammed like...

8 Days to Christmas

Friday, Dec 17, 2021 “Can Santa Wear Green?” Is Santa allowed to wear a green suit instead of a red one? In case you didn’t know, the earliest images of Saint Nicholas actually show him wearing a green suit, not red. The LORD provided us with multiple people who are called by the title, “Saint...

9 Days to Christmas

Thursday, Dec 16, 2021 “They Take Care of Us” Unless folks (or their families) have worked at a church, it’s impossible to communicate the stretch and the stress that arrives this time of year. This is the church’s metaphorical “Hail Mary” as we approach the upcoming week: Multiple worship...

10 Days to Christmas

Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021 “Blast Off!” 10-9-8-7…and so the countdown continues. When I was a child, I would stand on the back of the couch (not advisable) and prepare to launch. I would say, “Countdown! Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven…” When I reached “0”, I would holler “Blast Off!”, and I’d jump....

11 Days to Christmas

Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021 “If You’re Behind this Christmas” If you’ve been following this countdown, you’re well aware of the speed by which the calendar is flying this year. I remember when I began writing the countdown for this Christmas (see “It’s Time to Have Hope!”, Sunday, Nov 28, 2021). The...

12 Days to Christmas

Monday, Dec 13, 2021 “Traditions: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?” It’s another Happy Monday with 12 Days until Christmas! No, it’s not about the song! Actually, I have great news: If you received a partridge and a seedling pear tree on your doorstep this morning, you can send them back from whence they...

13 Days to Christmas

Sunday, Dec 12, 2021 “We can do this, Mr. Grinch!” The theme of the third Sunday of Advent is JOY. Joy is likely the easiest theme to understand because Christmas is all about being happy and bringing happiness to the ones we love, right? Sure, Hope, Peace, and Love (week four) are important, but...

14 Days to Christmas

Saturday, Dec 11, 2021 “I promise that I will not complain about Christmas stuff this year.” Wow! It’s only two more weeks until Christmas and I’m already halfway through the devotions. YeeHaw! It’s not that I dislike writing devotions, but at times it is a chore. I do it because I know I’m...

15 Days to Christmas

Friday, Dec 10, 2021 "Real Deal Christmas" Oh my! Have you seen it? Have you seen Cinderella’s Christmas Castle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom? It’s quite incredible this year during the Holidays. My daughter and I were able to visit the Magic Kingdom during Thanksgiving Break. My goodness, the...

16 Days to Christmas

Thursday, Dec 9, 2021 What’s On Your Tree? Is there a tree in your home, all decorated for the Holidays? If so, how did you decorate it? Did you hang lights on it? What about ornaments? Are you tempting fate with your vacuum cleaner by using popcorn or tinsel? I was raised with four other...

17 Days to Christmas

Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021 Advent Music or Christmas Carols? A Boring Disagreement In case you didn’t know, there’s been a great debate within Churches throughout history regarding the proper music selections during Advent. Advent, the four weeks of preparation that lead to Christmas, is traditionally...

18 Days to Christmas

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021 “The Empty Chair” Since this is the second week of Advent and the week devoted to the topic of Peace, it is proper and appropriate to recognize that today is the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. US flags will be flying at half-mast and we should be paying...

19 Days to Christmas

Monday, Dec 6, 2021 “Hurry Up and Slow Down!” It’s another Happy Monday in the Holiday Season. The first full week of Christmas preparation blew by with the speed and haste of a superhero, including the first Holiday Monday. (Why don’t Mondays in August move this quickly?) I guess the old phrase,...

20 Days to Christmas

Sunday, Dec 5, 2021 “Blessed are the Cheesemakers” Some years ago, a group of English comedians (Monty Python) wrote and produced a film that parodied the life of Jesus. The movie is terribly inappropriate for just about anyone, including one of the scenes focused on a group of characters who are...

21 Days to Christmas

Saturday, Dec 4, 2021 "Hip, Hip, Hooray! It’s the first Saturday in December!" Saturdays in December are packed with entertainment options. Sporting events, theater, films, strolls through the park, visits with Santa and singing choirs are just some of the action-packed things available. Even...

22 Days to Christmas

Friday, Dec 3, 2021 "Chasing the Christmas Spirit (With Baggage)!" A year ago, I moved to a new home.  My new employment provided almost everything I needed, and after 30 years of accumulating stuff that “I had to have”, I needed to decide what was essential and which stuff could go elsewhere. ...

23 Days to Christmas

Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 Christmas Surprises! Who doesn’t like surprises? Lots of people. Those of us who are wound up tighter than a golf ball do not like surprises. Whether it be good or bad, joyful or spooky, surprising us will almost always result in a screeching yelp of some kind. We are the...

24 Days to Christmas

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021 “Too Much Detail" A couple of days ago, I walked through the Christmas Garden display at the Chapel where I serve (www.longboatislandchapel.org) The Chapel Garden is a beautiful display of foliage native to our area. A brick path winds through the 1 ½ acre garden, around...

25 Days to Christmas

Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 “Christmas Change” Woohoo! Twenty-five days to Christmas! This means that tomorrow the Freeform Network is beginning its “25 Days to Christmas” marathon! Every day, their programming schedule will include lots of Christmas favorites. Yes, I’ll have to admit that I’m a bit...

26 Days to Christmas

Monday, November 29, 2021 “Thankful for Monday” Cheers to the fourth-best Monday in the whole year! That’s right! After today, there are only three more Mondays before Christmas, with each one better than the previous one. Oh, don’t roll your eyes yet. Today is not a participation award or...

27 Days to Christmas

Sunday, November 28, 2021 “It’s Time to Have Hope!” Yes!  It’s time!  Finally, the Christmas Season of 2021 has arrived.  Last year, the Holidays arrived with all the fanfare of the gunk molded to the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.  We were still locked down by the evil villain named “COVID”. ...

Christmas Devotions Catalog

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