• Advent season – a season of preparing (a work kind of preparing)
  • Christmas – rest and joy
  • 12 Days of Christmas (starting 12/25) – an anticipation kind of preparing… or being ready.

working at being reading
vs.
anticipation-type being ready

Examples:
Baseball – practicing before the game, and then playing the game
Caring for the Homeless – preparing care bags to pass out, and then having the care bags handy looking for opportunities to pass them out

Titus 3:14 – be zealous for good works

Titus 3:3-5 – on our own we were slaves to sin; we are saved by Jesus – not by our works, but His mercy

Challenge Question:
What is something Jesus is passionate about that I can be passionate about too?

— my sermon notes, 12-30-2018 —