EFCA Advent Devotional – Christmas in the Storyline of the Bible: From Very Good to Enmity, Curse and Banishment (Genesis 1-3)

Greg Strand – November 29, 2015 Leave a comment

EFCA Advent Devotional 2015

Series Title: Christmas In the Storyline of the Bible: Peace In the Midst of Tribulation

Series Theme Text: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Advent: Week One

From Very Good to Enmity, Pain, Curse and Banishment: Creation and the Fall (Genesis 1-3)

In our last devotional, which focused on our theme verse for advent, we learned three important truths. First, there is tribulation in this world. Second, Jesus is our peace, and the peace he provides is not like the peace the world gives. Third, the response to Jesus is captured in Thomas’ confession of faith that he is the Lord and God, and since our prayer is to see and savor the Savior, we join the confession in declaring, my Lord and my God.

But if we are to understand the person and work of Christ, the culmination of the story, we need to understand the whole story. We need to go back to the beginning of God’s creation and the subsequent fall of Adam and Eve. This is vital to understand if we are to grasp the story of Christ and Christmas.

To continue reading, please go to pages 6-7 here.

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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