Day 20: Breckenridge Christmas Ale

About the Beer:

Breckenridge Brewery opened its doors in 1990, making it the third oldest craft brewery in the state of Colorado! Sadly, as of 2016 they sold out and are now apart of a group of breweries called The High End,which is a unit of Anheuser-Busch. As your curators for beer advent, we sincerely apologize for including a beer owned by those beer makers out of St. Louis. 

Back to the beer itself. Breckenridge Christmas Ale is brewed in the style of a Winter Warmer. This varietal boasts flavors of caramel and chocolate derived from its carefully roasted malts. The Chinook and Mt. Hood hops add a level of spiciness to help warm your spirits this Christmas Season. So lets raise our glasses and hope this beer outshines the usual Anheuser-Busch product!

Advent Reflection: Tonight’s reflection comes from a book called “Come Let Us Adore Him” by Paul David Tripp. I found tonight’s reading very challenging and uplifting. During our staff’s morning meeting today we read Matthew 1 and I am always struck by v. 21. The very meaning of the name of Jesus tells us of his purpose. Blessings!

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21

“You and I are very skilled and committed self-swindlers. Now I know that this is not how you expect a Christmas devotional to begin. You would expect talk of angels, shepherds, a star in the sky, magi, and a baby in the manger. But all of these story elements, which are so familiar to us, would not have been necessary without the single, dark reality we all work so hard to deny. From the moment of the very first sin in the garden of Eden, human beings have worked to deny what is true about them, that is, that we all desperately need what only God’s grace can give us. We all swindle ourselves into believing that we are wiser, stronger, and more righteous than we actually are. We all walk around with an inner law firm that mounts a defense whenever we are accused of wrong. And when we do this, we are denying our need for what the baby in the manger came to do for us.

So what we all need to confess is that denying our need for grace is more natural for us than confessing our need for grace. If confession is owning personal responsibility for our words and our actions without excuse or shifting the blame, then it does take rescuing grace for us to come to the place where we admit our need for rescuing grace. Jesus came to provide that rescue. Here are four ways that we all tend to swindle ourselves into believing that we don’t need the rescue that Jesus was born to provide.

  1. We all tend to minimize our sin.
  2. We all tend to doubt the wisdom of God’s law.
  3. We all tend to be more concerned about the wrongs of others than our own sins.
  4. We all tend to deny what’s in our hearts.

So as we near the final days of Advent and look to the celebration of the incarnation at Christmas, how about beginning with confession. I am convinced that when it comes to the redeeming work of Jesus, exuberant rejoicing begins with brokenhearted weeping. Only when sin breaks our hearts will the coming of the Messiah excite our hearts.”

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