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The Jesse Tree is MLC’s newest Advent devotion book, our gift to you this Christmas. Similar to an Advent calendar, the booklet contains 25 devotions accompanied by 25 ornaments you can hang on your Christmas tree or on a “Jesse tree” of your own making.

The ornaments have been designed by WELS artist Peter Schaewe, and they’ll be available in full color and in black-line images ready to be colored by you or your children.

We hope you enjoy this new booklet that retells the Old Testament stories leading to the birth of our Savior, Jesus, who was a descendant of King David and David’s father, Jesse: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”

Printed copies no longer available. 

Errata – Please forgive our editorial/printing errors:

  • December 5: Jesus did not preach his “Sermon on the Mount” on the Mount of Olives. The location is not known.
  • December 7: The passage reference is Genesis 37:3.
  • December 17: Daniel was thrown in the lions’ den by King Darius, not King Nebuchadnezzar.

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The Jesse Tree online supplementary materials:

Children’s Stories: These have been carefully crafted for younger children by Martin Luther College education majors. Each includes a clear connection from the Old Testament story to our Savior Jesus.

Printable ornaments: Available in color and blackline.

Click here to download children’s stories and printable ornaments, or request a copy of cardstock ornaments for your family or classroom.

Past Devotions Available

We have devotional booklets available from previous years you may request as supplies last.

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(based on availability)

Booklets from Previous Years

Advent Devotions

Christ is the World’s Light
(Advent 2019)
The 25 Advent devotions, one for every day December 1-25, can accompany the lighting of the candles in a traditional Advent wreath. Our anticipation will grow as we study more Scripture and light another candle each week of December: the Prophecy Candle, the Bethlehem Candle, the Shepherds’ Candle, the Angels’ Candle, and the Christ Candle.

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Names of Jesus
(Advent 2018)
This booklet contains 25 Advent devotions, one for every day December 1-25, that explore the scriptural names of Jesus, reminding us of who Jesus is and what he has done for us.

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Isaiah Had Foretold It
(Advent 2016)
This devotion booklet containing 25 spiritual encouragements, one for each day of December until Christmas.

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The Coming of Christ: Promise Made, Promise Kept
(Advent 2015)
The 25 devotions in this booklet were authored by current students at MLC, as well as pastors, teachers, staff ministers, and lay leaders who have studied at MLC. They are intended for use December 1-25.

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God’s Indescribable Gift
(Advent 2014)
The 13 devotions in this booklet were authored by President Zarling and 12 MLC graduates serving throughout the synod’s 12 districts. They are intended for use from Christmas Day through Epiphany (Dec 25-Jan 6).

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Holy Week Devotions

Christ in the Tabernacle
(Holy Week 2020)

This booklet consists of eight devotions for Palm Sunday through Easter, each explaining a component of the tabernacle and how Christ fulfilled all that was foreshadowed there.

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Behold the Lamb of God
(Holy Week 2019)
This booklet contains eight devotions written by MLC faculty that tell the story of the Lamb in prophecy and fulfillment, from Mount Moriah to Mount Zion.

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Places of Christ’s Passion
(Holy Week 2018)
The eight devotions for Holy Week, Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, are accompanied by the painting of James Tissot.

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Lenten Truths from Unwitting Witnesses
(Holy Week 2017)
Containing eight uplifting messages for Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, this beautiful book is enhanced by the artwork of Lucas Cranach, Reformation painter and friend of Martin Luther.

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Searching Questions from Christ’s Passion
(Holy Week 2016)
The eight devotions in this booklet were authored by MLC professors. They are intended for use from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. We’ll consider some “Searching Questions from Christ’s Passion.”

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The Passion of the Christ in Prophecy
(Holy Week  2015)
The eight devotions in this booklet were authored by MLC professors. All expound on Old Testament lessons and are intended for use from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday.

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He comes in the Name of the Lord!
(Holy Week  2014)
The eight devotions in this booklet were authored by MLC professors. All expound on New Testament lessons and are intended for use from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday.

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Reformation Devotions

 I Shall Not Die, But Live
(Reformation 500)
This devotion booklet was created in 2017  in celebration of the Reformation 500. It contains 31 uplifting messages as a gift from the Martin Luther College campus family. We pray that our Lord would strengthen your faith through his Word.

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Devotion booklets available while supplies last.

Please note: Due to high demand we are unable to fulfill orders of more than 2 copies of The Jesse Tree.

    THE JESSE TREE (Advent 2020), CHRIST IS THE WORLD'S LIGHT (2019), NAMES OF JESUS (Advent 2018), PLACES OF CHRIST'S PASSION (Holy Week 2018) I SHALL NOT DIE, BUT LIVE (Reformation 500),ISAIAH HAD FORETOLD IT (Advent 2016) AND THE COMING OF CHRIST: PROMISE MADE, PROMISE KEPT (Advent 2015) BOOKLETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.