Hope Bolinger

headshot of author Hope BolingerHope Bolinger is a multi-published novelist and a graduate of Taylor University's professional writing program. More than 1,200 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer's Digest to Keys for Kids. She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. Her modern-day Daniel trilogy is out with IlluminateYA. She is also the co-author of the Dear Hero duology, which was published by INtense Publications. And her inspirational adult romance Picture Imperfect releases in November of 2021. Find out more about her on her website.

Advent Readings and Scriptures to Read as Family Each Week

Advent: four weeks that lead up to the holiday of Christmas. Many churches will light a different candle each week to represent joy, hope, peace, etc. as we remember about the true meaning of the season. But how do we celebrate Advent at home. Should we light candles for four weeks? You can if you want to! But I suggest also diving into the Word of God each week, especially as a family.

Why Read Scripture at Advent?

Scripture plays a huge role in the Christmas story. The Christmas story actually starts in Genesis (more on this in a moment) not Matthew. Although there's nothing wrong with watching Christmas pageants or movies about the Christmas nativity, I also suggest digesting the Word yourself and discovering why we cherish this story so much.

Here are four Scriptures you can use as Advent readings with your family for each of the four Sundays of Advent season this year.

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15 Comforting Psalms for Healing to Pray and Encourage Loved Ones

Psalms for healing can be one of the most beautiful spiritual medicines when a family or friend undergoes a sickness, surgery, or ailment. Pray over these Psalms of comfort today.

How an Ebenezer Can Help Christians Remember God's Faithfulness

We've heard about Ebenezer stones in the Old Testament. But can Christians create one today? And what does it look like?

If God Is Father, Who or What is Mother?

Some people refer to God as "God the Mother." Or claim there is a mother figure in heaven. Is this biblical or heretical?

5 Bible Characters We Give Too Hard a Time

The Bible is full of imperfect people. But are there certain people we like to diss more than we ought to?

Are Unicorns Really Mentioned in the Bible?

Unicorns? They come from myth and legend, right? So why do we see them popping up in some versions of the Bible?

Who Are the Ninevites in Your Life?

We can easily laugh at Jonah, or roll our eyes at him. After all, why couldn't he allow God to save the people of Nineveh? But how often do we have someone we don't want to see redemption?

Can God Use the Seasons Where We Run Away?

Even though Jonah ran in the complete opposite direction of God's plan, God still brought others to know him, Jonah's shipmates.

Why Oholiab's Story Proves God Values Artists

Creatives show up all the time in the Bible poets, songwriters, craftsmen, etc. God uses the lowly artist Oholiab to work on one of the most important tasks in the Bible, the Tabernacle.

Did Giants, Descendants of Anak, Actually Exist?

We've heard that giants, descendants of Anak, traversed the pages of Scripture. But was the Bible exaggerating, or were they actually giants?

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