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how to use this devotional

This devotional is an invitation to take a journey with your New Hope family this Advent season. We're going to have a great time! Advent is the month leading up to Christmas when we anticipate the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Our hope is that spending time in God’s Word in community this Advent season will help all of us keep our focus firmly where it belongs: on Jesus. So if you’re ready to accept the invitation, here’s a map, so you know what kind of excitement we’re in for this month!

This devotional gives you lots of options to choose from. You can do it on your own, with a spouse or a friend, or with your whole family. And it is intended to work for all ages! Three days a week, you are invited to engage with God in some of the following ways:


Prayerfully read the Bible passage for that day. Maybe even read it a few times. :)

digging deeper questions

The questions progress from simple to more complex. Ponder or discuss as many questions as you wish. 
God will use these to help you encounter Him through His word.


Read some thoughts about the Bible passage to help solidify what you’ve learned that day


Listen to or sing the Christmas song for the day. Music is a powerful way to connect with God and give Him praise.


Pray the written prayer or use the suggested prayer topics to talk to God. He loves to hear from His children!

weekly activities

Each week you’ll find instructions and a supplies list for an optional activity you can do on your own or with your family. These are designed to provide connection time and to help set everyone’s minds and hearts for the week to come.

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