Articles by Dr. John Ankerberg
This coming Sunday begins the season of Advent, a period of four weeks where the Church reflects on the anticipation of the second coming of Christ in preparation for celebrating his first coming at Christmas. To help you prepare for Christmas and to receive him anew this Advent, below are four prayers and corresponding passages of Scripture. Throughout the coming weeks, move slowly through them as you meditate on the God of All.
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17). These words of John the Baptist and Jesus are a familiar refrain, calling their audience (and us) to repent of sins and turn to God. Yet, it is striking that the reason to repent is not (at least initially) their sin but God’s work in bringing His kingdom.
The opening chapters of the book of Genesis elegantly depict the creation of all things as God forms the foundations of the world and shares the abundance of His life with creatures. However, our first parents succumbed to the temptation to reject dependence on their Creator, denying the limits for flourishing given by Him and thereby rupturing full communion with Him.