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Merry Christmas to you and yours from our family.

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

John 3:16-17  CSB


Title: Come, Let Us Adore Him

Author: Paul David Tripp

Publisher: Crossway



Come Let Us Adore Him is a devotional that has been written by Paul David Tripp that is intended to take readers on a journey of preparation for the Advent season. It has a devotional thought to go along with Bible verse(s) for each day between December 1 and December 31.


I have been a fan of Paul David Tripp’s work for some time now. I enjoy the way that he shares the truths of the Bible in a way that is creative and straightforward. When I heard that he had written an Advent devotional, I knew that I would have to get my hands on it and check it out.

After looking over this devotional, I believe that this work will be a great help to those who are looking to have a fresh take on the season where we celebrate the coming of Christ. This devotional is laid out primarily for older youth and adults. One great addition to the devotional is that there is a “central theme” section at the end of each devotion. This is for parents to go over with their children so that the entire family can benefit from it.  This is what our family intends on doing this season.


I would highly recommend anyone who would like to put more focus on Christ this Christmas to pick up a copy of Come, Let Us Adore Him.  It is written in a very readable style, and it has something for the whole family.  If you are looking for a tool to use to do family devotions during this season, I believe that this book would serve that need greatly. Go pick up your copy today.

May the Lord bless you and your family in mighty ways.

Well, it is getting about that time again. The holiday season is upon us. While this means many things to different people, it means spending some time with family that we do not get to see often. 

We wanted to let our friends and family in the Huntsville, Alabama area know that we are planning on being in the area during the week of Thanksgiving. We plan on coming in on Tuesday and heading out on Friday. I know that is not long, but you can only do what you can do. 

If you are available during this time, we would love to get up with you. Feel free to contact us and see if we can work something out. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving this year.

Last night was a big night in the Stephens household.  Our middle son, Sam, has had his first “loose tooth” for a little while now.  I knew that this day would come.  I personally was dreading this day because Sam is not one to take pain or blood well.

Last night, as we were tucking the boys into bed, Sam pipes up and says, “I’m ready for my tooth to come out!”  We had been checking it and seeing how wiggly it is, and we knew that it was about time for it to come out.  So we proceeded to grab some tissues and get to work.

I was bracing for an all-out fiasco, but what I found was quite different.  Sam was so excited that he was going to get to experience this “big boy” event in his life.  The main trouble that we had was keeping him still as he couldn’t sit still from excitement.

After a little while of wiggling and pulling, out popped this little front tooth.  Sam did a little happy dance and was eager to show his onlooking brothers his tooth that was missing.  I cannot explain the relief that I had that it was not “the end of the world.”

As Sam was so eager to show his brothers his tooth that had come out, I looked at our oldest son, Drew, and said to him, “Thank you.”  You could see the confusion on Drew’s face as I said this to him.  I explained that because he had done so well with this event in his own life, his brother was not afraid to go down that path.  Drew’s example before his brothers had been one tool that had given Sam the courage to face this with no fear but rather excitement.

It is hard to see how God is using some of the events in our lives.  We may wonder, “God, how is this going to be used in any way?”  The truth is, we never really know who is watching us and how what happens in our lives can be exactly what they need to face what is coming down the road for them.

God never wastes a moment… even when it is a young boy losing a tooth.  God can use even that event to build up those around him.  Take heart and remember that God is not just working in and on your life, but He is also working through you in others’ lives as well.