Advent devotional focuses on hope


Daily devotionals written by FPU, seminary for sixth year

By Connie Faber

Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and Fresno Pacific University are again offering daily devotions during Advent. The daily devotionals begin Sunday, Nov. 30, and continue through Jan. 4.

The devotional is available on the university website ( and there is a free smartphone app available on Google’s play store market. It will also be mailed in printed form to many seminary and university donors and supporting church pastors.

The theme of the 2014 devotions, written by seminary and university faculty members, is Ps. 130:5: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.”

“There are endless reasons today why we might feel discouraged and afraid—sickness, unemployment, violence, broken relationships, shattered dreams,” writes Terry Brensinger, vice president of Fresno Pacific University and dean of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, in his introduction to the devotional. “Yet the truth of Scripture is that we have hope in Jesus Christ.

“As we move into and through the upcoming seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, we at Fresno Pacific University Seminary invite readers to join us in celebrating the hope that Jesus Christ offers to the entire world,” says Brensinger. “We have written these devotionals because we believe that in Christ, Christians are people of hope.”

The seminary Advent devotionals were first offered in 2008 and the Android app was developed the next year.

The devotional can be printed from the website in either a single-sided copy or as a booklet. The USMB conference website will again carry a link. Those without computer access may call the FPU advancement office (559) 453-7139 and request a single copy. There is no cost.

 “Whenever people celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is always a season of light,” says FPU President Richard Kreigbaum. “With this devotional we pray that the Father of light, giver of every good gift, might shine the light of Jesus in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”


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