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Blessing or Missed Opportunity?

Obedience bring blessings

The Bible tells us that Simeon was a just and devout man, filled with the Holy Spirit who revealed to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Christ, the promised Savior of the World. When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord as commanded in the Law God gave to Moses, the Holy Spirit guided Simeon to be at the right place – the temple –  at the right time – the moment that Mary and Joseph brought the baby to the temple. The Holy Spirit showed him that the infant Jesus was the Christ and Simeon held the baby in His arms and blessed God saying, “Mine eyes have seen thy salvation.”

Excuses yields missed opportunities

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What if when the Holy Spirit prompted Simeon to go to the temple, Simeon said, “you know Holy Spirit, today’s not a good day. You know I’m old and my arthritis is acting up and my knees are hurting. I think I’ll just stay home today.” Simeon’s excuses would have caused him to miss the opportunity to meet the Savior of the World. Instead, he obeyed the Holy Spirit and he was able to hold the Creator of the World, God’s only Son, in his arms.

Have you had blessings or missed opportunities?

When the Holy Spirit tugs at your heart to help the homeless, teach the sixth grade boys’ class at church, serve in missions, or to just be in a certain place at a certain time, what is your typical response? Do you convince yourself that the Holy Spirit isn’t speaking to you? Do you respond with, “I don’t have time right now?” What keeps you from obeying those quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit? Do you obey and receive the blessing or do you find an excuse and miss the opportunity? There is always blessings to be found in obedience to the Holy Spirit. What is He asking you to do today?

God, help us to recognize the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit and help us to be obedient to whatever you want us to do – not just to receive a blessing – but to honor you so that you are glorified in our lives. 


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Blessings from Head to Toe

Let’s start a pandemic of blessings by praying a blessing over everyone you meet. Our “Blessings” design is meant to do just that. We’ve created this design in four different choices.

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God instructed the Israelite priests to pray the prayer of blessing every day over the people. The prayer is found in Numbers 6:24-26. Hang the canvass in your home or carry the mug, tote bag, or water bottle and let the prayer of blessing impact all those who you meet throughout the day.

We’ve also put this design on a poster, coffee mug, a stainless steel water bottle, phone cases, and a few other products.


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What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

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Praising God in the Unexpected

The unexpected pandemic curveball

When was the last time you praised God out of the very depths of your soul? Have been able to find reasons to praise Him through the past year of this pandemic virus? Certainly this Coronavirus has been an unexpected and unwelcomed turn of events. It has required us to adapt to ever changing circumstances, face new fears, and learn how to do life differently. Every time the news comes out, the number of infected rise and the number of those who have died rise.

So how do we praise and magnify God in such a time? Or how do we give him the praise worthy of him whenever life pitches a curveball our way? It really depends on where our focus is. If we focus on the unexpected problem, we’ll become discouraged, fearful, or depressed. But when our focus is on the God of our Salvation, we can praise Him for His goodness, even in the unexpected.

Mary’s praise at some unexpected news

Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus. A young, unwed teen who would become pregnant and have to explain to family, friends, relatives, and her fiancé’ that the child she carried was placed within her by God and that she was still a virgin. We see her total surrender and obedience to God’s plan in Luke 1:39 when Mary says to the angel, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Surely the cost of her obedience went through her mind. Perhaps she wondered what it would cost her unborn child as he grew up with the whispered comments behind his back about who his father was.

The Bible does not tell us what went through Mary’s mind as the angel revealed God’s plan to her. Only that she surrendered to God, no matter the cost, and she gave all the praise and glory to God. The day the angel appeared to Mary was just as unexpected as the Coronavirus. But yet, Mary’s soul magnified the Lord and she rejoiced in God. Her song of praise is recorded in Luke 1 and can be our example for when our unexpected moments occur.

Cultivating a heart of genuine praise

It is easy when the curveball of life flies at top speed toward us to panic, feel overwhelmed, or lost in the chaos. But if we purposefully cultivate a heart of genuine praise, then we will be able to praise God in the unexpected moments of life – even when those moments are scary, difficult, unwanted, or sorrowful. When we take the time to just sit and meditate on all the God has done for us and how He provides and meets our needs each and every day, our first response should be a heartfelt, genuine praise.

From Christ’s finished work on the cross that provides our salvation, to God’s mercies that are new every morning, for his provision to meet our financial needs, for healing, for seeing us through a difficult time, for peace, for comfort, for never leaving us – every single aspect of our life should be offered back to Him as a worship of praise for His greatness and love. As we focus on these things, we see the fingerprints of God all over our lives and we experience Him in a real and personal way that results in our soul magnifying the Lord.

Take some time today to meditate on God’s goodness to you and spend some time praising Him from the very depths of your soul. Start with reading the entirety of Mary’s praise in Luke 1:46-55. Then think back through the last year and write down the times that God has seen you through your unexpected moments in life. Now, write our your own song of praise to the Lord who is worthy of all our praises. Let this song by the Prestonwood Church choir help you praise and magnify God today.

Father, we magnify you today for your greatness and love.  We praise you, we lift you up. We honor you. You are worthy of all our praises. You are Holy, Righteous, Rock of Ages, Most High, Promise Keeper, Shepherd, Faithful, Savior, my Strong Tower, Comforter, Mighty Warrior, Great Jehovah, Victor, Helper, Redeemer, Sovereign Master, Creator, Healer, Excellent, Incredible, Omnipotent, and Infallible. 


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Isaiah 41:13

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God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

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I AM

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus usually preferred to refer to Himself as “Son of Man.” However, here, when Caiaphas, the high priest, questioned Jesus and asked Him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” Jesus responded with, “I AM.” This was more than a confession of identity. It was a pronouncement of His deity. The significance of God’s self-given name encompasses all that He is, and how we are to relate to Him.

The first time I AM appears as a name for God

The first time we see “I AM” as a name for God is in Exodus 3:14 when Moses asks God who he should tell the Israelites who sent him and God replies with, “Tell them I AM has sent you.” This name for God is know as a Tetragrammaton because of its four letters and it is the only proper name for God. It is also the most frequent name, occurring in the Old Testament 6,828 times (almost 700 times in the Psalms alone). 

I AM is what we need Him to be

When God said to Moses, “I AM THAT I AM,” he was revealing both a promise and a pledge that was actually a part of His name. The Hebrew words are ehyeh asher ehyeh can be more accurately translated, “I will be what I will be.” It was God’s way of promising to Moses and Israel that God would be what they needed Him to be. At that time, the Israelites were crying out to God because they were slaves in Egypt and they needed a deliverer. God would be their deliverer.

Whenever God uses the name I AM, He is saying HE IS whatever we need Him to be. Do you need a provider? God says, I AM provider. Do you need a healer? God says, I AM healer. Do you need someone to love you? God says I AM love. Do you need a Savior? Jesus says I died for you and I AM your Savior if you confess me as Lord. What do you need the I AM to be today?

Jesus is the I AM for what we need – a Savior to save us from our sins

Jesus, standing before the high priest again at his trial says, “I AM.” He was not simply confessing who He was – He was once again promising to be what we need Him to be. We too need a deliverer – someone to deliver us from our sin and condemnation. Jesus would become what we needed Him to become – the sacrificial Lamb as atonement for our sins. He would become our Savior.

Lord, thank you for being exactly what we needed – our Savior. Thank you for continuing to be what we need in every moment of every day because we humbly acknowledge that in every moment of every day, we need you. Thank you for being our I AM. 


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Fight on my Knees

We all fight battles–relationship, financial, cancer, COVID, professional, educational and more. But no matter what the battle, it belongs to God. So, fight on your knees with your hands lifted high. (Based on the song, Battle Belongs, by Phil Wickham.)

Fight on my Knees

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Need some music to get you through the day? Check out one of our Playlists on YouTube

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Or Click here for the Hymns Playlist

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God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

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Go with Rejoicing to the House of the Lord

Week 1 of Advent: Rejoicing

As we are preparing our hearts for the coming Christmas, take a few minutes to examine you heart and attitude about going to church. Do you go just at Easter and Christmas – or maybe just to make a parent or spouse happy? Do you go every week – but out of a sense of obligation or duty – because it’s the “Christian” thing to do? How would our churches be different if we went rejoicing with a sense of expectation or meeting Jesus there? The psalmist wrote in Psalm 122:1-4:

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within they gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.

Who are you rejoicing to see this Christmas?

Who is someone you are excited to see this holiday season. Maybe you’re going home for the holidays or maybe your kids are coming in for winter break in college. Or maybe someone you’ve not seen in person because of COVID? When we haven’t seen family or friends for a while we’re excited to see them. Maybe you’re counting down the days, your suitcase is already practically packed, the gifts are wrapped, the oil has been changed in the car and you’re just waiting with every tick of the clock to jump in the car and go.

Rejoicing: The Psalmist

So when you examined your heart and attitude about going to church, how do you feel when it’s time to go to church? Do you have the same eager anticipation to visit the Lord in His house that the psalmist did?  Are you more excited to see family and friends this Christmas then spending time with God in church? The psalmist wrote that he was glad when it was time to go to the house of the Lord. What about throughout the week? Do you eagerly anticipate spending time with God by spending time each day studying His Word and talking with Him through prayer? 

Rejoicing: The Shepherds

The shepherds were eager to see the newborn King after the angels visited them in the field and told them about His birth:

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. Luke 2:15-16

They didn’t wait until the sun came up. They didn’t stop to get all the sheep back to the sheep pins. The shepherds didn’t stand around talking about the angels that had just appeared in the night sky. They didn’t critique the heavenly choir. Instead, they went with haste. They were eager to see what the angels had been talking about.

Rejoicing to be in His Presence

The thing about being in the presence of God, even as a baby, is that His presence will always change you. If you leave exactly the same as when you arrived, then you haven’t dwelt in His presence. The shepherds found Mary, Joseph, and the baby just as the angels had told them. But when they left, they went and told everyone what they had seen and heard. Then when they returned to the fields, they glorified and praised God. The were different when they left His presence than before they arrived.

The Shepherds received the first birth announcement

There is significance in the fact that the angels brought the birth announcement of Jesus to shepherds first. In ancient Israel, shepherds were generally considered “unclean” in the community of God’s people because of the work they did. They were in daily contact with dirty, smelly sheep, their manure, their blood from cuts and scrapes, and the insects that buzzed around them. All of this meant that shepherds were almost never clean enough to worship with God’s people in God’s presence. So they were generally treated as outsiders. Yet these are the ones chosen to receive the first birth announcement of Christ.

The King of Glory chose the lowly, outcast shepherds, not royalty, to receive His birth announcement. Throughout His ministry on earth, Jesus constantly reached out to the outcasts. He had dinner with tax collectors. He had a divine appointment with the woman at the well. And He mingled with the sick. Healed the lepers. And they all left his presence differently than when they arrived. So when you feel unworthy to come into the presence of the King of Kings, remember that he chose the shepherds to hear the good news of His birth first.

Rejoicing with the Good Shepherd

In John 10:11, Jesus said, I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. The Greek word kalos, translated “good,” describes that which is noble, wholesome, good, and beautiful, in contrast to that which is wicked, mean, foul, and unlovely. It signifies not only that which is good inwardly—character—but also that which is attractive outwardly. It is an innate goodness. Therefore, in using the phrase “the good shepherd,” Jesus is referencing His inherent goodness, His righteousness, and His beauty. As shepherd of the sheep, He is the one who protects, guides, and nurtures His flock. In fact, He gave His life for the sheep–you and me.

As we focus this week of Advent on preparing for His coming, how can we not look forward with eager anticipation to going to the house of the Lord? How can spending time with Jesus every day be a drudgery or obligation? When we reflect on Christ as our Good Shepherd who sacrificially gave himself for us, we should not only be glad to be in His presence but, like the psalmist, we should give thanks.

Today, focus on Jesus as your Good Shepherd – the one who protects, guides, nurtures and gave His life for you – and go with gladness and rejoicing as you enter His presence today.


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  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

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Preparation for the coming of our Savior

Week 1 of Advent: Preparation for our Savior

The Advent season includes the four Sundays that precede Christmas. It is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. In this season, we recall two central elements of our faith: the final coming of the Lord in glory and the incarnation of the Lord in the birth of Jesus. During Advent there are three prevalent themes we see as we wait patiently for the coming of Christ.  We long for the Messiah, are urged to be alert for Jesus’ Second Coming, and meditate on Christ’s presence in our lives now. 

As we begin to set our focus on celebrating the true meaning of Christmas and the preparation of our hearts for the time when Christ will return again, let’s read what the prophet, Isaiah, wrote in Isaiah 2:1-5:

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come and let us walk In the light of the Lord.

The Preparation for Advent Focuses on Two Key Elements of our Faith

Four Sundays before Christmas Day begins a celebration known as Advent. It is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. During this season, we will focus on two key elements of our faith: the final coming of the Lord in glory and the incarnation of Christ at His birth. As we take time to pause, reflect, and prepare for the gift of God’s love coming to us through the baby Jesus. The scripture readings associated with Advent encourage proper preparation of our hearts and show us how to adore God in the Incarnation, as we recognize the glory of Jesus and how he frees us from sin and ingratitude. As we focus on the preparations of the coming of the Lord, we will hear from the prophet Isaiah and be drawn to the compelling message of John the Baptist in the Gospels.

What is Advent?

The word “Advent” is anglicized from the Latin word “Adventus” which means, “coming.” It is a season of expectant waiting and preparation. The Latin word “adventus” is a translation of the Greek word “Parousia” commonly used in reference to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Advent serves as a reminder of both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christ’s return from Heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God.

Advent is a joyful time for reflection and preparation

While the Advent season is a time for reflection and preparation, its mood is joyful. It proclaims the revelation of God’s love as expressed in Christ’s birth in a humble stable, His sacrificial death on the cross, and His victorious resurrection! It points to the hope of Christ’s coming again as the King of kings and Lord of lords. For us today, the church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah.

Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis they called for God once again to act for them. God gave the prophet Isaiah a vision of hope that would include peace for the nation. Isaiah says that in days to come, the nations shall stream to the mountain of the Lord, and there we will beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks; there, we will learn war no more. God will teach us peace.

Peach on earth, goodwill toward men

That peace cannot happen without the birth of Christ, nor without his death and resurrection. Perhaps this is why the angels sang: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” When Christ comes again, we will experience that peace. For today, we experience peace when we place our faith and trust in Christ who forgives us our sins and makes us a child of God. No longer are we enemies of God, but we have made peace with Him through Christ paying our sin debt and placing our faith in Him. So during Advent we both look back in remembrance of His birth that paves the way towards eternal peace and we look forward with expectation of His second coming and peace on earth. 

Focus on the miracle of our Savior’s birth

May we not be like the innkeeper who had no room for Jesus. May our focus not be on the busyness and rushing in the holiday season or on buying and receiving gifts. Instead, let’s focus our minds on the miracle of when our Savior was born in a lowly stable and held in the arms of his virgin mother and the eternal peace that was ushered in along with His birth. May Christ give us a longing for His renewed presence among us.

This Christmas, may we be like the shepherds and come with haste to experience his presence. Like the wise men, may we bring Him our gifts. May we be like Mary and ponder all these things in our hearts. May we be like the angels and sing “Glory to God in the highest,” even as we proclaim our worship and adoration of our Savior. Like Joseph, may we obediently follow your instructions. And may we be like the star that shone brightly leading the wise men to the newborn King as we lead others to Jesus. 


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