December 2011 archive

Dec 24

The Return – December 31

Scripture Reading Isaiah 9:2-7 Devotion This Isaiah Passage is read at Christmas, and like the song “Joy to the World,” we associate it with the birth of Christ—the first Advent. However, both this passage and the song are really about the second Advent— the return of Christ. The great hope and glorious appearing of our …

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Dec 24

The Cross – December 30

Scripture Reading 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 57 Devotion Victory in Jesus! Jesus died for our sins and rose again! Thanks be to God. Again we get to the point of Christmas! Without Christmas, there would be no Cross and no Resurrection. Jesus came to provide a way for us to get to God. He did that …

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Dec 24

The Sacrifice – December 29

Scripture Reading Matthew 2:11 Devotion What is myrrh? MYRRH An aromatic resin having many uses in the Ancient Near East, one of which was to embalm bodies. Why give a baby a spice used to embalm bodies? Perhaps it was given as a perfume. However, it is in hindsight appropriate to give embalming spices to …

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Dec 24

The Priest – December 28

Scripture Reading Matthew 2:11 Devotion What is frankincense? An ingredient used in making the perfume for the most holy place in the tabernacle. It was used for worship. Another gift fit for Jesus, who is our High Priest. We can give the gift of worship to Jesus in 2010. To put it simply, let’s go …

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Dec 24

The King – December 27

Scripture Reading Matthew 2:11 Devotion Gold. A gift for a King. As Jesus is the King of kings, it seems fitting that he should get gold. Some speculate that Joseph used the gold to set up shop in Egypt. Who knows. I think that we can be like the wise men and give our gold …

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Dec 24

The Arrogant – December 26

Scripture Reading Matthew 2:1-8 Devotion Herod was jealous of Jesus. Herod did not want there to be another king. He tries to kill Jesus by killing children in Bethlehem. (talk about overkill!) We sometimes have the same weakness as Herod. We have this problem letting anyone else rule over us. We want to be king …

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Dec 24

The Good News – December 25

Scripture Reading Luke 2:10 Devotion Do not be afraid… I proclaim to you good news! The good news! Jesus is born! Good news! Great Joy! A savior! Good news! He will save His people from their sins! Great Joy! For all people! Immanuel! God with Us! Good news! Great Joy! Christ the Lord! He is …

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Dec 24

The Fullness of Time – December 24

Scripture Reading Galatians 4:4-7 Devotion God always has the right timing! He is never early, and never late. God is always on time. It makes perfect sense, because after all, God created time. And when the fullness of time came … when the right time came … when the time which was set aside by …

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Dec 24

The Old Woman – December 23

Scripture Reading Luke 2:36-38 Devotion Anna spent time seeking God. I mean she spent a lot of time seeking God. She did what most of us cannot. She devoted her life to it. She was serving God night and day. When she saw what was happening with Simeon and Jesus, she knew God was there. …

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Dec 20

The Old Man – December 22

Scripture Reading Luke 2:25-35 Devotion Confirmation. It’s one thing to hear from an angel. It’s another thing to have the message confirmed by flesh and blood. When Mary and Joseph reached Jerusalem, a man they did not know confirmed what they already knew. Jesus was the Messiah. Sometimes God allows us to get a bigger …

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