Each Friday, I’ll post links to 3–5 resources from around the web you may want to check out.
How Mary’s Song Bridges The Old and New Testament
We may not often think of how the Old Testament shaped the thoughts and meditations of the characters in the New Testament. Katy Morgan looks at Mary’s Song as an example of someone rejoicing in what God has been doing for generations.
Once you start seeing it, you can’t stop: the writers of the New Testament, especially in the Gospels, have a worldview shaped by the Old Testament. They constantly refer to the history of God’s people; their whole understanding of God comes from there. People around Jesus made sense of him by referring back to what God had always been like and what he had always promised.
Advent Meditation: Sigh No More
Brett McCracken reflects on the theme of hope in Isaiah 35.
Maybe one day—when “Emmanuel” is our everyday experience (hallelujah!)—we’ll look back on this life of lonely exile and feel gratitude for how the sighs and sorrows made us hungrier for the everlasting feast, and the fullness of joy, that will be ours forever.
A Great Way To Make Friends
At a time when making new friends can be difficult, Seth Lewis encourages us to focus first on being a good friend to others.
Finding friends can be hard. But if you spend your time and energy loving and serving the people around you whenever you can, however you can, with whatever you have to give, then eventually you might be surprised to see that you’ve got real, deep friendships growing all around you. So many people are looking for friends. If you’re friendly, then they are looking for you. This Christmas, why not take the opportunity to reach out to someone?
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