Ready or Not: The "To Do" List (Advent 2)

It sure is easy for what is urgent to crowd out what is important. That’s never truer than this time of year. Even as we urgently get ready for Christmas, we also want to make sure we are prepared for what is important: Christ's second coming. This week we focus on how we get ready for that day. The Bible calls it repentance: acknowledging our sin and turning to God for mercy and pardon. And yet, even repentance is not something that we produce in ourselves. Through God's Word, the Holy Spirit works this important change in our hearts and so that we will be ready rather than not.