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7930 E Baseline Rd
Mesa, AZ 85209
phone // 480-986-6750
In May of 2018 our church partnered with the North American Mission Board in an effort to get support in Replanting Light in the Desert Church. This decision was driven by a sense of God’s movement here and throughout the entire United States to revive dying churches; to resurrect churches to a new life of gospel growth. We couldn’t be more excited to see how God is graciously breathing new life into Light in the Desert Church.
With the second Sunday of Advent behind us (listen here), I would like to encourage us all not to get swept up in the season as to miss its formative impact. If you are like me, you love the sights, sounds, get-togethers, food, and songs that fill the air during this month. Though wonderful, those things can capture our attention more than intended and keep us from experiencing the full person of Christ and miss his work on the cross. So, to encourage us to have thoughtful “Advent Thinking,” below is a beautiful article written in the style of C. S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. This captures our tendencies to make this season about unhelpful, and in the end, distracting things. Click the title below, read it and reflect on its sobering exposure of our habit of making a good thing less good.
Grace and Peace,
Brothers and Sisters,
I do hope your Thanksgiving holiday was full of joy and rest! We started our season of Advent last Sunday (listen here). It was an encouraging time of reminding ourselves through the Gospel of Matthew that God had been orchestrating all of human history towards the first Christmas morning. In doing so, He generates an unshakeable hope rooted in the God-man. Glorious indeed!
Alongside our Sunday Gathering, we are encouraging everyone to read a little devotional thought each day of December (click here to see and download the resource for free). The readings are extremely helpful in leveraging this time of the year to consider the good news of Christmas. So read, reflect, pray, and rejoice! But if you have kiddos, you might find that the readings are hard to understand for them. As we read the focus for December 1, my son said, “Dad, I am only seven, so I don’t understand what you are saying.” I so appreciated the honesty! We talked through the devotion and broke it down into tangible pieces that he and his sister could digest. It took a little extra time, but it was worth it! Be encouraged parents, as the old saying goes, “more is caught than taught.” So keep at it, and in doing so, you are instilling in your child a love for the Word of God. As the reading pointed out, “If you are excited about Christ, they will be too.”
Grace and Peace,
 John Piper, Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent, (Minneapolis, MN: Desiring God, 2013), p 10