Sermon Audio: The Journey of Advent

Sermon Audio: The Journey of Advent

TJ_FullscreenLogo_2Sermon: The Journey of Advent
Text:  Isaiah 9:2, Jeremiah 33:14-16
Date: November 30, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Pat Hannon
Location: McAdenville Wesleyan Church

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”  – Isaiah 9:2

The journey of advent doesn’t begin with the coming of the light, but with the people walking in darkness. To fully appreciate the light of the coming Christ we must first acknowledge the reality of the darkness of our world.

Sermon Audio: ThanksGIVING

GiveThanksBeABlessingSermon: ThanksGIVING
Text: Acts 20:32-35
Date: November 23, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Pat Hannon
Location: McAdenville Wesleyan Church

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

It is God’s will for His people to be thankful. Yet, how do we know if we truly have a thankful heart? Look for the fruit of gratitude in your life. Giving grows from gratitude. Envy grows from ingratitude. Which crop is growing in your life?

It is more blessed to give than to receive. -Acts 20:35

Free Book Friday #31

Free Book Friday #31

After an unintentional 6 week break, I’m back with a new installment of Free Book Friday. Today we focus on some fabulous Advent books to prepare us for the coming of Christ. At the end you’ll find an offer for a free Advent book.

Byron Borger is my favorite bookseller. He runs a shop called Hearts & Minds Books in Central, PA. I’ve never been to the shop, but Byron provides the book table for many great Christian gatherings. At one of these I was able to meet Byron. Byron not only sells books, but he loves books. Beyond this, he loves Jesus, the church, followers of Christ, and thinking. When Byron recommends a book, he recommends it as one who thinks as deeply about the content of the book as the author does.

Byron has put out a great list of new Advent/Christmastide/Epiphany books that could assist you and your family in growing with Christ in this season. See his list here: 12 Great New Advent Books for Your Seasonal Spiritual Formation. I just sent in my order for five books on this list. Thanks, Byron!

Here are the five I’ve ordered.

  • The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Extremist by Sybil MacBeth
  • All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas by Quinn G. Caldwell
  • The Christmas Countdown: Creating 25 Days of New Advent Traditions for Families by Margie J. Harding
  • Feasting on the Word Advent Companion: A Thematic Resource for Preaching and Worship edited by David L. Bartlett, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Kimberly Bracken Long
  • Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany compiled by Sarah Arthur

New books from @byronborger at Hearts & Minds books. Who else hand wraps the books for shipping? I feel loved.

A photo posted by Pat Hannon (@pathannon) on

I intended to write a description of these books, but I can’t possibly do a better job than Byron. Go ye to his post and read his descriptions. If you buy any of these books, may I encourage you to buy from Byron and Hearts & Minds Books? You may pay a bit more than amazon, but it’s because of Byron that we discovered these books and it’s great to support this local bookseller.

Books bought from Byron always come shipped with love as well. Receiving one always makes me smile.


Anyone who orders one of the new Advent books from Byron through Sunday, November 23, 2014 will receive a free Advent book of Byron’s choosing. You also receive 20% off of each of the books he recommends. Quite a deal!

Purchase: Hearts & Minds Books

Free Book Friday #30

Free Book Friday #30

This week of Free Book Friday we have three FREE books worth checking out.

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
by Timothy S. Lane

Free on Amazon.

Mother Teresa: A Life Inspired

FREE on Amazon.

Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results
by Mark Sanborn

FREE on Amazon.

Friday Book Deals

A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table by Tim Chester – $.99.

Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung – $.99.

All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life by Mark Batterson – $3.99.

Free Book Friday #29

Free Book Friday #29

A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger than You
by Paul David TrippQuest-for-More

It seems that everyone is striving for more. Some strive to better their situation as they develop themselves. Some strive to fill their pockets and homes with stuff. When you develop a Kingdom of God mindset you will continue to strive for more, but not merely more for you. You will seek to live for something bigger than you. Are you ready to begin the journey of living for more than yourself? Take a look at A Quest for More by Paul David Tripp.

Download FREE for a limited time: Amazon.

Friday Book Deals

Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Philip Graham Ryken – $0.99 on Amazon.

Epic: The Story God Is Telling and the Role That Is Yours to Play by John Eldredge - $1.99.

The Complete Circle Series by Ted Dekker – $3.99 on Amazon.

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans – $3.99 on Amazon.

Adventures in Daily Prayer: Experiencing the Power of God’s Love by Bert Ghezzi  – $3.99 on Amazon.

Free Book Friday #28

Free Book Friday #28

Yes or No: How Your Everyday Decisions Will Forever Shape Your Life 
by Jeff ShinabargerYesorNo


There’s power in choices. Saying yes is easy, but saying no can give the freedom to live your true calling. Learn to clarify your calling, choose between good options, and how to say no as an important life practice.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Story Cartell | [ or purchase at Amazon ]

Friday Book Deals

Why Nobody Wants to Be Around Christians Anymore: And How 4 Acts of Love Will Make Your Faith Magnetic by Thom & Joni Schultz – $1.99 at Amazon.

Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing by Soren Kierkegaard - $1.99 at Amazon.

The Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You’ll Never Be the Same by Ray Johnston – $2.99 at Amazon.

Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? by Eugene Cho – $3.82 at Amazon.

The Complete Circle Series by Ted Dekker – $3.99 at Amazon.

A Prayer For Labor Day

A Prayer For Labor Day

Prayer for Labor Day

Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. -Book of Common Prayer

Free Book Friday #27

Free Book Friday #27

OverwhelmedOverwhelmed: Winning the War against Worry
By Perry Noble, Pastor of NewSpring Church

In Overwhelmed, Pastor Perry Noble shares his own struggle with anxiety, worry, and depression. Just as Pastor Noble, we can find a path to overcome stress, worry, anxiety, and depression through Christ.

Download FREE*: Amazon

*For a limited time. Hurry up.



The Longing for Home by Frederick Buechner - $.99 at Amazon.

Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer, The Journals of Thomas Merton – $.99 on Amazon.

Ragman: And Other Cries of Faith by Walter Wangerin) – $1.99 at Amazon.

The Practice of Saying No by Barbara Brown Taylor – $1.99 at Amazon.

The Twenty-Piece Shuffle: Why the Poor and Rich Need Each Other by Greg Paul – $1.99 at Amazon.

Sermon Audio: One Thing Is Necessary

Sermon Audio: One Thing Is Necessary

One Thing.001Sermon: One Thing Is Necessary
Series: One Thing
Text: Luke 10:38-42
Date: August 24, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Pat Hannon
Location: McAdenville Wesleyan Church

Doing the most important thing is always the most important thing.
“You are worried and upset about many things,  but few things are needed—or indeed only one.” -Luke 10:41-42