First Baptist Church St. Simons Island

Advent Devotional Introduction

Advent Devotional Introduction

I can remember as a little girl climbing into my parent’s minivan with my two sisters and going around the city to look at Christmas lights. I do not know who began the tradition of Christmas lights but it is brilliant. Christmas lights not only light up the darkest time of our calendar year but they also create an ambiance and warmth in our hearts during our coldest season.  Like Christmas lights, God calls us to be a light in the darkness and to provide warmth in life’s most frigid moments.

One of the most popular Bible verses on the topic of light is Psalm 119:105. It says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” If you look closely at this verse you will notice that the lamp shines on our feet because it intends to take us somewhere. We are invited to walk the path that God has set before us. Sometimes along the way our light may become dim. It is during these times that we are able to really see and appreciate the light of Christ shining through others to help us along life’s way.

Through the pages of this year’s Advent Devotion Guide, people in our church family share their stories of how someone was a light to them or how they have been a light to someone else.  It is our prayer that these stories inspire each of us to live out Matthew 14 and 16; to be a light in our world.

This Christmas as we admire all of the decorative lights through the village, around the island and in our homes, may we be reminded that the greatest lights are the lives who reflect the love of Christ to others.


Rebekah White

Light of Hope
First Sunday of Advent
Optional Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5 (lectionary text)
December 01, 2013
Author: Cameron Anderson

Monday, December 02, 2013
Optional Scripture: Psalm 122 (lectionary text)
Author: Nick Doster

Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Optional Scripture: Romans 13:11-14 (lectionary text)
Author: Gayle Brown (already sent)

Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Optional Scripture: Matthew 24:36-44 (lectionary text)
Author: Wendy and Lexi Alberson

Thursday, December 05, 2013
Optional Scripture: Isaiah 42:16 (theme selected text)
Author: Laney Wainright

Friday, December 06, 2013
Optional Scripture: Psalm 18:28 (theme selected text)
Author: Janine Hendley

Saturday, December 07, 2013
Optional Scripture: John 8:12 (theme selected text)
Author: Kathy McFarland

Light of Peace
Second Sunday of Advent
December 08, 2013
Optional Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10 (lectionary text)
Author: John Bryson

Monday, December 09, 2013
Optional Scripture: Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 (lectionary text)
Author: William Alyward

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Optional Scripture: Romans 15:4-13 (lectionary text)
Author: Dan McFee

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Optional Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12 (lectionary text)
Author: Sandra Huckaby

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Optional Scripture: Isaiah 50:10 (theme selected text)
Author: Brent Hanson

Friday, December 13, 2013
Optional Scripture: Psalm 43:3 (theme selected text)
Author: Sharon Proudfoot

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Optional Scripture: Matthew 4:16 (theme selected text)
Author: Debbie Richardson

Light of Joy
Third Sunday of Advent
December 15, 2013
Optional Topic: Isaiah 35:1-10 (lectionary text)
Author: Peggy Russell

Monday, December 16, 2013
Optional Scripture: Psalm 146:5-10 or Luke 1:46b-55 (lectionary text)
Author: Debbie Gilbert

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Optional Scripture: James 5:7-10 (lectionary text)
Author: Jack Pierce

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Optional Scripture: Matthew 11:2-11 (lectionary text)
Author: Nancy Bryson

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Optional Scripture: Isaiah 60:19 (theme selected text)
Author: Josh White

Friday, December 20, 2013
Optional Scripture: Psalm 4:6 (theme selected text)
Author: Lee and Mark Norvell

Saturday, December 21, 2013
Optional Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16 (theme selected text)
Author: Nikki Pope

Light of Love
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 22, 2013
Optional Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-16 (lectionary text)
Author: John Campbell

Monday, December 23, 2013
Optional Scripture: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (lectionary text)
Author: Jeff Harris

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Christmas Eve
Optional Scripture: Romans 1:1-7 (lectionary text)
Author: Angie Wainright

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Christmas Day
Optional Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 (lectionary text)
Author: Felix Haynes