Our Family’s First Advent

The Villatoros Christmas 2012

Believe it or not, Tony and I have never celebrated Advent. Yes, our background has a lot to do with that. Ha. Last year, I guess the newlywed status got the best of us and we didn’t plan it. This year, Desiring God is helping us out…

“Advent is an annual season of patient waiting, hopeful expectation, soul-searching, and calendar-watching marked by many churches, Christian families, and individual followers of Jesus. There’s no biblical mandate to observe Advent. It’s an optional thing—a tradition that developed over the course of the church’s history as a time of preparation for Christmas Day. Many of us find observing Advent to be personally enjoyable and spiritually profitable.”
Good News of Great Joy, Preface

I can’t imagine a better way to spend time together as a family by seeking Jesus this Christmas with these daily devotionals. Tony and I are so excited for this and wanted to share it with you all so you can consider celebrating Advent with us! Download the eBook for the Good News of Great Joy devotionals here.

Ladies, think of a fun way to set this up around the house! Pinterest has very cute ideas on how to make your own calendars and how to include the kiddos. Gentlemen, lead your family this season by making time to read these devotionals together daily.

With Joy,


Tim Keller Took my Weekly Allowance…

Well, I gave it to him. Sort of.

Tim Keller’s new book, “Center Church,” has been out for a few weeks. One of my friends had read a bit from it already and had encouraged me to buy it. I had seen it around and had read good reviews on it. So, when another friend of mine told me that Lifeway had it on sale for $19.99 instead of the original asking price of $29.99, I got happy. Yes, I did.

See, my wife and I have set for ourselves a weekly allowance. We use that allowance for eating out during the week, buying an overpriced drink at Starbucks, purchasing chips at the convenient store and things of that nature. We try to stay under our weekly allowance. So, when my friend told me about the sale on Tim Keller’s new book, I got happy. I rushed out and bought it… with my weekly allowance! Im glad next week is right around the corner. I would have hated to have spent my weekly allowance on Monday.

I cannot wait to dig into this 8 section textbook of how to do Gospel ministry in the city where I, as part of a church, am called to reach.

…And remember this post was not really about the book (although I’ve attached a pic and a video of it). This post was about me giving Tim Keller my weekly allowance.

-Mr. Villatoro