Light a Candle of Hope: the Fourth week of Advent

Time of Grace is an international Christian outreach media ministry that connects people to God’s grace through Jesus Christ so that they know they are loved and forgiven. The ministry uses television, print, social media, and the web to share the gospel with people across the U.S. and around the world. On the weekly Time of Grace television program, Pastor Mark Jeske presents Bible studies that are understandable, interesting, and can be applied to people’s lives. The program is broadcast locally, nationally, and internationally on various networks, including FreeForm (ABC Family), which is carried by virtually all cable providers in the U.S. For a complete broadcast schedule, visit Watch Time of Grace or visit, where you will find the program via streaming video and audio podcasts, as well as study guides, daily devotions, blogs, a prayer wall, and additional resources. You can also call 800.661.3311 for more information. Is the glass of your life half full or half empty right now? Is your heart full of optimism or regrets? Do the coming days of Christmas fill you with joyful anticipation or sad memories? The more you put pressure on yourself to make things happen, the more frustrated you will be. "I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him" (Philippians 3 Here is the true magic of Christmas—not what you are doing for your family or friends or yourself or even for Christ, but rather what he has already done for you. Through Christ you are forgiven of all your sins. If you are forgiven, then you are loved by God. If loved, then you will be protected, fed, sheltered, and blessed. If you are blessed, then you will always have enough. If you are forgiven, then you are immortal. The Christmas story guarantees that Christ really came as he said he would. Light that fourth candle and celebrate hope.