Every year we enter into a season called “advent.” The word advent means “arrival” and it is the beginning of the Church’s liturgical calendar. We explore the Advent (arrival) of hope, peace, joy and love, all of which are found in Jesus the Messiah. 
Certainly this year is going to be very different. COVID19 has left many people wondering what Christmas is going to be like this year. Some are already depressed because they know it’s not going to be same. Others are embracing the season earlier with the hope that it will be just the escape they needed to forget about COVID19 and feel a sense of “normal” again. 
But we need to be careful that we pursue the actual hope, peace, joy and love that is found in Jesus’ arrival. Only Jesus is able to transform our lives. But it’s easy for us to pursue counterfeits. Counterfeits are escapes from life that feed us false promises that life will be better on the other side. They seem legitimate, but leave us feeling empty in the end. The deep hope, peace, joy and love that Jesus offers us isn’t found in escaping life and its setbacks. Rather, they’re discovered in the midst of life. Jesus walks alongside us through all of life’s storms, chaos and havoc and draws our attention to His hope, peace, joy and love. 
In this Advent series we’re going to draw out some of the counterfeits we might be tempted to follow this year, and seek Jesus’ true advent in the midst of life.

Counterfeits are escapes from life that feed us false promises that life will be better on the other side.

2020/11/29 | Counterfeit: Escape [notes]
2020/12/06 | Counterfeit: Tolerance [notes]
2020/12/13 | Counterfeit: Happiness [notes]
2020/12/20 | Counterfeit: Nice [notes]