Daily Archives: December 8, 2007

Family Advent Devotions: The Second Week ~ The Angel’s Message



 The Second Week  

The Angel’s Message 

Angelic pronouncements add to the light given by the prophets. On the third Sunday before Christmas, light two candles (the gold and white), and conduct the worship as before. 



Luke 1:5-25 (To Zechariah): In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah;  his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.  Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.  But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.  Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.  And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.  Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.  When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.  But the angel said to him:  “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.  He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.   

         He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.  Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.  And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous–to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”  Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this?  I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”  The angel answered, “I am Gabriel.  I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.  And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.”  Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.  When he came out, he could not speak to them.  They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.  When his time of service was completed, he returned home.  After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.  “The Lord has done this for me, ” she said.  “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” 


Luke 1:26-38 (To Mary): In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”   Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”   “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”  

 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called a the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”   “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.


Matthew 1:18-25 (To Joseph): This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,  because he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” —which means, “God with us.”  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. 


Luke 2:8-20 (To the Shepherds): And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.   Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 

 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.  


 Matthew 2:1-23 (To Joseph): After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east b and have come to worship him.”  When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:  ”‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’ ” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 

 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.  When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”  So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.

And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”  When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:  “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”  After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”  So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”


Psalm 34:7: The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. 

Matthew 4:11: Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Luke 22:43: An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 

Matthew 28:2-4: There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 Hebrews 1:5-9, 14: For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angles worship him.” In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.” But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”…Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? 


 Matthew 24:31: And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. 

2 Thessalonians 1:7-8: …and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

 Daniel 7:9-10: “As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. 

Revelation 5:11-12: Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” 


Carols: “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” No. 203 (Blue Trinity No. 168); “Angels From The Realms of Glory” No. 218 (Blue Trinity No. 164); “From Heaven High I Come To You” No. 220 (Blue Trinity No. 166); “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” No. 200 (Blue Trinity No. 157)                 




Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Hurt?


Doug was talking about feeling a little gnaw in his innards and mentioned HALT.

I was lying in bed this morning, wishing I had a coffee bar in the bedroom and mentioned to my son when I was old my bedroom would be right by the kitchen.

* I actually can not believe I’m telling you this, I dropped my sponge in my coffee pot full of coffee and then DRANK the coffee. Ewww, it’s 9:30 Saturday morning. Ok, I did go back and make another pot….. 🙂

Ok I digress, back on track, I was lying in bed thinking about the ‘HALT’ method and remembered in my AA classes or meetings, they talked about it.

So how can we use it in a Christian way or can we even connect it with our walk with the Lord.


I hit the google internet button:

From here: I added the RED

This tried and true slogan helps us to stay in touch with our feelings and needs. Sometimes the onset of anxiety or a sudden drop in mood can be traced to our having forgotten to eat so our blood sugar levels are off kilter. Sometimes we may be carrying a resentment, or feeling lonely, or we are just too tired. Taking a little time out from our busy day to ask ourselves if we are feeling too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired, gets us in touch with our feelings (walk with God). When we know what we are feeling we can make choices and take the appropriate action to get our needs for food, companionship, or rest, met.(or unconditional love from God)

Being too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, are conditions that leave us more vulnerable to the temptations that lead us away from our program of dual recovery.(that lead us away from our walk with God) Part of recovery is learning to pay attention to these inner signals and practice appropriate ways to meet our needs and resolve issues in a manner that will enhance our abstinence and serenity.(enhance our witness to those around us) 

~~I guess with this I should do a disclaimer: I’m no medical professional, these comments on this post are of my own mind and events I’ve personal been thru. If any of this should help you, give me and God, credit. 🙂 If they don’t help, or you see anything incorrect, please leave a nice comment!

From this site, it talks about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness  (Matthew 4 and Luke 4) and being in the midst of hunger, loneliness, tiredness and maybe even anger.

HALT can used for many different types of situations, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol recovery, every day life, your walk with your Lord.

this article is good here

How wonderfully ironic; this blogger I just started reading and google pulled up her blog for HALT

From an AA recovery site: HALT. Don’t get to Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. An afternoon spent struggling with cravings can be explained with these four words. We check in on our physical and emotional condition throughout the day. Hungry? Eat regular meals at regular mealtimes. Angry? Talk about it a lot with your sponsor and others. Lonely? Go to a meeting, call someone. Tired? Take a nap, go to sleep early, schedule less.

* I just poured a fresh cup of coffee, then took the spore infected spoon out of the sink to stir it. Jeez!

Ok, now for my hopefully biblicial opinion, but my opinion nonetheless, from my personal experiences.

I remember using HALT when I first came out of rehab, for the story click here. I also remember craving alcohol every. single. day. I still do. My life has grown accustomed to fighting those urges every day. Many times a day. More recently I find myself going back thru my week thinking, Hey, I didn’t think about wanting alcohol on these days. WOW!

Which is totally amazing to me and I only can give God the credit. He will heal me, it might not be all at once, like I want it to be, but He will do as He promised and He will perfect/complete me. *ok, tears*

HUNGRY: Going on a training regiment and eating something healthy every few hours has brought this down enormously.  Keeping the blood sugar level and the growling belly turned off is the best thing for this.

ANGRY: Crap, I’m freaking angry all the time! Well, kind of. This one is tough, I hold resentments, I linger on anger, anger is so much easier to hold onto than happiness. Being angry, I can keep people at an arms length away and not get hurt.  What with the world being as it is and humans being idiots and people just not doing stuff the way I would, sheesh. Seriously, tho. This is a subject I need to be on my knees about, praying for a fix.

LONELY: I should say I’m not lonely. Ever. I have God and my family and church family. But that sounds like little pretty christian platitudes. But I get lonely, especially during the day, especially when my foot was broken. Especially when I only have my hubby and boy to talk to. I can see myself just talking someones ear off when I haven’t been out of the house for a while. When I get close to a friend, I see myself yakking, probably wanting more from the relationship than is healthy.

TIRED: Most of time I am tired, I suffer from restless leg syndrome, worry, a racing mind, breathing problems, a bad back and if I get hooked on a TV show at night then I can not sleep. As professionals recommend, if you suffer from lack of sleep, try stopping the caffeine, TV and exercise near bedtime, make your bedroom a sanctuary, etc. You can google for help.

I think I’m still trying to recover from my broken foot, I didn’t sleep for almost 3 months because of pain and anxiety. Some nights my foot still hurts.

First and foremost seek out Gods direction for you in prayer, check the HALT then live!

So, I don’t know if I have cured the worlds problems, but it was fun typing it out whilst I drink micro- organism filled coffee.

Any thoughts? Any times where you have used this method of self evaluation?

Blesings, Kristina

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart

And do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Proverbs17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Hebrews 13:5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” 6So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”

Proverbs 15:    15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.

1 Timothy 6:6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that