2 Chronicles 33:10-20
English Standard Version, David Cochran Audio
14 Afterward he built an outer wall for the city of David west of Gihon, in the valley, and for the entrance into the Fish Gate, and carried it around Ophel, and raised it to a very great height. He also put commanders of the army in all the fortified cities in Judah. 15 And he took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built on the mountain of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside of the city. 16 He also restored the altar of the LORD and offered on it sacrifices of peace offerings and of thanksgiving, and he commanded Judah to serve the LORD, the God of Israel. 17 Nevertheless, the people still sacrificed at the high places, but only to the LORD their God.
18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, behold, they are in the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. 19 And his prayer, and how God was moved by his entreaty, and all his sin and his faithlessness, and the sites on which he built high places and set up the Asherim and the images, before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the Chronicles of the Seers. 20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his house, and Amon his son reigned in his place.
Advent Conspiracy - Enter the Story
Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, moved God - just from a prayer offered in desperation.
What we are really all looking for in Christmas is to give something meaningful. To move the ones we love. The Advent Conspiracy is for the Biblical Churches who do not have Advent. And what they've done with it - is amazing.
About 12 years ago, we were moving into our second home and we threw out three 40 gallon trash bags from the boys' rooms with just bits of junk in them. It took about 2 days to sort out the junk from the still intact, working toys and as we carried it to the trash, my husband remarked "There goes about 2 Christmases." He was right. (Of course this is part of life! But we've worked hard to put one lasting gift into each Christmas.)
A meaningful gift - it prompts us - what 3 people do you know that you could do an act of kindness for and it would be meaningful. This is what our pastor, Clark Lowenfield asked us this Sunday - and it already starts to put new ideas in motion. Last year Clark challenged us to write a letter - to tell the ones you love - what you've shared with them. Why they are important to you. It's so much better than a warm sweater.
Christmas memories are made from more than a trip to the store. I think my college age sons Are going to enjoy the marshmallow air-rocket guns. I will too if they keep them outside... I'm still thinking on the memorable gift for the family. I do have an idea for a neighbor as one of the 3 people who need something.