Editor’s Note 2018

            The Advent book this year is a bit different from those in the past.  We are focusing on the Advent candle.  Many people have wondered just what is behind its meaning.  The first week celebrates hope, the second peace, the third joy, and the fourth love.

            Thanks to Corey Fuller who is so faithful to provide our Advent cover.  Justin Dunn, our pastor, not only helped with scripture selection, but he also wrote and helped with getting writers.  Brent Newsom helped recruit writers.  Mike Atchley puts the articles on the web site, and Marguerite Guinn binds the books.  We could not do this project without willing writers, and we know what a busy time of year this is for all of us.  Thank you to each one who volunteered for these jobs.

            As always, some editing must take place.  If there are errors, I take the blame for those.  The scripture readings are listed at the beginning of the book along with the names of the writers.  It is expected that each family will read those each day since there is not enough room to print them and still leave room for the thoughts of each writer.  Prayerfully consider what each writer is attempting to convey about this season and the emphasis for each week.  Blessings!

Lynda Pence

Justin’s note:


            Advent.  The word itself comes from Latin and means “arrival” or simply “come.”  In Christian theology it signifies the season leading up to the celebration of the arrival of Jesus: God incarnate.  In the following pages the community of UBC reflects upon the impact and anticipation of Christ’s first earthly arrival and the implications of His Kingdom’s arrival.  He has come and with Him the ability for all to have and to demonstrate:  Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  He is coming again and the complete picture of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love will be realized.  This collection of devotions is a reflection on the Scripture in light of God’s Word made flesh.  It is our desire that they will build within you, within your family or group, a renewed recognition of the coming of Christ and what that can mean for the living of life.  Christ has arrived, arisen, and assembled His people to spread Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love to a world in great need. 

Advent 2018: Focus on Advent Candle: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love

December 2: Psalm 25:1-6: Hope: Kevin Hall
December 3: Romans 15:13: Hope: Ford Mastin
December 4: Philippians 1:20-21: John Parrish
December 5: Psalm 90:10-15: Joe Hall
December 6: Malachi 3:6-12: Ozelle Scrutchins
December 7: Micah 5:2-5a: Frank Davis
December 8: Isaiah 12:1-6: Craig Walker
December 9: Luke 1:76-79: Clara Timmons
December 10: Isaiah 40:1-5: Jason Knight
December 11: 2 Peter 1:2-7: Jim Vernon
December 12: Luke 2:8-14: Warren McWilliams
December 13: Isaiah 12:2-6: Doug Watson
December 14: Philippians 4:4-7: Mary Kay Parrish
December 15: Jeremiah 31:31-34: Kaylene Barbe
December 16: Isaiah 9:2-7: Michael Dean
December 17: Hebrews 13:15-17: Lynda Pence
December 18: Psalm 96: Charles Swadley
December 19: 2 Corinthians 8:8-9: Mike Atchley
December 20: Titus 3:4-7: Doug Watson
December 21: Psalm 25: Channing Seikel and Allison Kentle
December 22: Colossians 3:12-17: Linsey Mastin
December 23: Psalm 98: Hannah Little
December 24: Romans 8:31-39: Amanda and Brent Newsom
December 25: I Corinthians 13: Justin Dunn