Bethlehem always happens in the midst of bedlam.
When did Christmas get so chaotic? How about on the very night Jesus was born? We tend to picture softly lowing cows and a warm, cozy stable when we sing Christmas carols, but it couldn’t have been very lyrical. Soldiers marched in the street. People were pushing and shoving. You couldn’t find an empty room and food may have been scarce as well. In short, Bethlehem was the picture of bedlam. But in the midst of confusion and turmoil, God broke through and Jesus was born.
The reintroduction of this five-chapter Advent study, which includes a new Leader Guide, large print edition, and DVD, explores how God can still be heard over our human noise. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, a focus for the week, and six daily Bible readings for personal devotional time. Resources for youth and children make this a perfect churchwide or small group Advent study.
The Children’s Study contains five lessons that delve into the Luke
account of Jesus's birth through an ADVENTure to find Bethlehem. They
will have opportunities to really experience the story of Mary, Joseph,
Gabriel, the shepherds, and Jesus. The guide is simple to use, and
includes reproducible activities for each session.