December 2011 archive

Dec 19

The Baby – December 21

Scripture Reading Luke 2:21 Devotion Jesus. The baby born was named Jesus. Jesus was the Greek version of the Hebrew name Joshua. And it means “one who saves.” The angel said to name him Jesus because “He will save His people from their sins.” Jesus came to save. What an amazing thought. This helpless baby, …

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Dec 19

The Angels – December 20

Scripture Reading Luke 2:13-14 Devotion The baby announcement is special! We tell our friends, we call our relatives, and we send out little cards telling everyone – a baby is coming! Angels! They are all over the Christmas story! They bring the proclamation to the world of the good news! This is as they say …

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Dec 19

The Angel – December 19

Scripture Reading Luke 1:5, 26 Devotion The Birth. Don’t worry, even though the birth of Jesus was a real human birth, we won’t get into the details of all that. But let’s talk about the humanity of Jesus. When you think of Jesus do you ever think about him as a human? As a real …

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Dec 18

The Birth – December 18

Scripture Reading Luke 2:7 Devotion The Birth. Don’t worry, even though the birth of Jesus was a real human birth, we won’t get into the details of all that. But let’s talk about the humanity of Jesus. When you think of Jesus do you ever think about him as a human? As a real human? …

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Dec 18

The Evangelists – December 17

Scripture Reading Luke 2:15-20 Devotion Not only were the shepherds the first to hear about the good news, they were also the first to go and tell the good news! That makes them the first evangelists! What great examples they were. They listened to the message of God, obeyed, and then went forth giving God …

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Dec 18

The Manger – December 16

Scripture Reading Luke 2:6-7 Devotion The maternity ward of a hospital is a strange thing. Everywhere else you go in a hospital, there is sickness and suffering, but most of what goes on in the maternity ward is excitement and joy! Jesus, of course was not born in a hospital. Jesus was born in stable. …

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Dec 18

The Inn – December 15

Scripture Reading Luke 2:6-7 Devotion Mary and Joseph travel to an Inn in Bethlehem, but they do not get to stay there. They are invited to stay in the stable. There was no room for Jesus in the Inn. It’s easy for us to sit back a criticize the Innkeeper (who is not in the …

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Dec 13

The Mother – December 14

Scripture Reading Luke 1:46-55   Devotion Sometimes we get uncomfortable with the phrase “mother of God.” But Mary was a real human biological mother to Jesus who was the real God/man, 100% God and 100% man. Mary is blessed! She had the privilege of bringing our Lord into the world. Mary recognizes the magnitude of …

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Dec 13

The Evangelized – December 13

Scripture Reading Luke 2:8-9 Devotion Jesus is born! Who does God tell first? The kings and royalty? The priests and religious leaders? Who? Dirty, stinky, up all night, not fit for the temple, SHEPHERDS! The shepherds are told about the birth of Jesus. After they experience this phenomenal expression of glorious magnitude, they say, “Let’s …

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Dec 12

The Human Events – December 12

Scripture Reading Luke 2:1-5 Devotion Do you travel during Christmas vacation? Joseph and Mary had to travel! Of course they did not have a van or restaurants to go to, but they had a destination, and it wasn’t vacation. It was a demand of the government. Wow. Can God actually use the ungodly government structure …

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