We are delighted that you have chosen to join us on this spiritual pilgrimage. Scripture promises that the Lord watches over those who walk with the righteous (Psalm 1:6). We will journey together toward the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
With each Advent, followers of Jesus remember his coming to rule the earth. This year we will walk with biblical characters anticipating God’s coming to save the world. Our guides are faculty and students of Fresno Pacific University and Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary engaged in the study of the Bible. They will lead us through Advent and Christmas to Epiphany, the day we remember the gifts of the Magi.
You readers are special friends of ours. You are people who walk with Jesus. You are generous in your prayer support and your financial gifts. You are people who have been prompted to give in gratitude to God for his indescribable gift of Jesus Christ our Lord (2 Corinthians 9:15). This Advent guide is a small token of appreciation for your generous life. Thank you!
It has been my pleasure personally to serve as editor of the content of this devotional. As a seminary professor and director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies, I have the privilege of working daily with the writers of this devotional. With you I express my gratitude to them for their contribution to us this year.
On behalf of Joseph Jones, Ph.D., president of FPU, and Terry Brensinger, Ph.D., president of FPBS, welcome to the journey! May the joy of Jesus be a fuller experience through our walk together this season.
Lynn Jost, Ph.D., Professor of Preaching and Old Testament;
Director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies