Welcome!

Welcome to “An Advent for The Cosmos”. Advent means “coming”, referring to Jesus’ coming to earth as a baby, to ultimately redeem us and the rest of His creation. Like a typical advent book, this book consists of 25 daily Bible studies that build on one another to help keep you focused on the reason for the Christmas season.

What is different about this advent book is that it incorporates some of the Biblical content of Dr. Michael Heiser’s work on the divine council, the original context of the Scriptures, and the bigger cast of characters in the Bible.

My hope is that this Advent book will expand the scope of your reading of the Bible, show you the extent of rebellion and corruption of God’s creation, and convey the need for restoration. It will also trace Jesus’ intervention throughout the story and explore the interaction between the visible and invisible worlds.

There are three ways the word “Advent” or “coming” applies today: Remembering that Jesus came 2,000 years ago to redeem His cosmos, Seeing His action through believers every day to demonstrate His kingdom, and Knowing that He is coming again as King to complete the restoration of His corrupted creation.

This book consists of 25 daily Bible Studies that are meant to be read starting on December 1st and culminating on December 25th (Christmas). Each day consists of Bible memory, an Intro to the day’s topic, Bible Reading, a Summary and Discussion, Questions, a Prayer, and a Song or Songs that correspond with the day’s study.

A majority of the advent memory verses will trace the story of Faith in Hebrews 11 with other key verses as needed. A smaller segment of the memory verse has been highlighted for younger children if they cannot memorize the entire verse.

This is not just a kid’s book, but can be read as an individual, a couple, a family, a small group, or along with an entire church.

Please follow me on Facebook or Instagram for announcements about the book’s release for Christmas 2020! There will also be a coloring book available which corresponds with each of the lessons!

“An Advent for The Cosmos” contains professional artwork to accompany the lessons and visually connect important concepts spanning lessons. If you are interested in using this artwork in a sermon series or taking your church through the study, please contact me to discuss the possibility of using the artwork.

About the Author

Sometimes things are hidden in plain sight. We may even know they are hidden, but we don’t know where to look. That is how I felt the year of 2018 as my Bible Study group was reading through the Bible Chronologically, I felt that there were pieces missing from my understanding of topics like idolatry, giants, and the prophetic books. Ecclesiastes 1:9 says that “What exists now is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing truly new on earth.”, but yet, I couldn’t understand why someone would worship a lifeless token, why I (a Gentile) should care about Israel’s rebellion, or any number of other passages that I could not explain from within my 2000 A.D view of this ancient book.

It wasn’t until my wife, Christi, and I took a trip to Africa that I discovered the answer. No, I didn’t have a revelation. I simply felt more than the culture change while coming back into the US. There was a sense of a change in spiritual warfare tactics the moment we landed in the U.S. In Africa, there seemed to be a spirit of fear everywhere, but in the U.S. there seemed to be a spirit of self-pleasure. It was not just a cultural difference, because the airports on both continents were the same physical environment. Upon mentioning this to my pastor, Pastor Douglas A. White, he recommended looking into the work of Dr. Michael Heiser. After watching Dr. Heiser’s first two videos on the Naked Bible Podcast ‘Start Here’ page, I was hooked. The Bible opened up to me in a totally new way. The overarching story was the same, but I had missed the scope. This wasn’t just about a girl eating a piece of fruit from a snake. Real spiritual warfare had been present from Genesis 3 through Revelation 20. Every biblical author seemed aware of this, but somehow while reading the entire Bible multiple times, I had glossed over these details.

My wife, 5 children, and I always walk through a 25-day advent book each December, letting each of our children take turns placing a felt ornament on our Advent tree, and building the anticipation for the consumption of the story of redemption. In 2018 After learning about the divine council, the original context of the scriptures, and the bigger cast of characters in the Bible, I realized that our typical advent studies were skipping some of the most exciting and interesting parts of the redemption story. That’s when I started writing “An Advent for The Cosmos”. It has become more than I had hoped, and I am excited that it is being published through The Naked Bible Press.

Please follow me on Facebook or Instagram for announcements about the book’s release for Christmas 2020! There will also be a coloring book available which corresponds with each of the lessons!

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