December 2011 archive

Dec 10

The Step-Father – December 11

Scripture Reading Matthew 1:18-25 Devotion We don’t know a lot about Joseph, however, if we look close, we will discover some great nuggets of gold about this unsung hero of the Christmas story. · Joseph was a righteous man. · He was sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. · He was obedient to …

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Dec 10

The Authority – December 10

Scripture Reading Luke 2:1 Devotion Caesar Augustus: Emperor who ruled the Roman Empire from 27 b. c. to a.d.14; also known as Octavian, he established the peaceful era known as the Pax Romana; Caesar was a title of Roman emperors. Who is in charge? Isn’t that often the question we ask? Jesus never met him, …

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Dec 08

The Announcement – December 9

Scripture Reading Luke 1:43 Devotion Elizabeth recognized (by the Holy Spirit who fills her) that Mary’s baby is the Christ! It was (and is among Jewish women today) the desire of every Jewess to be the mother of the Messiah. Elizabeth knew that her pregnancy was of God, but she also discovered the glorious nature …

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Dec 07

The Silence – December 8

Scripture Reading Luke 1:18-20 Devotion Silence. That is the punishment Zechariah got for not believing God. We like to pick on people in the Bible when they do silly things. We look with hindsight at Zechariah and we think that he should have known better. He should have realized that an angel appearing to Him …

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Dec 07

The Last Prophet – December 7

Scripture Reading John 1:6-8 Devotion The story of the birth of John the Baptist would really be a bigger story to tell if it were not for the fact that it is so closely interwoven with genuinely the greatest story of a birth ever. John would probably approve because He knew that he was to …

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Dec 06

The Town – December 6

Scripture Reading Micah 5:2 Devotion The Messiah will come from Bethlehem. Bethlehem, the smallest, will bring forth the Savior. Isn’t it good to know that in God’s economy the very small can be very big. Many times we may not see the value in the small things that we do for the kingdom, but God …

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Dec 04

The Son of David – December 5

Scripture Reading Jeremiah 23:5-6 Devotion Jeremiah predicted that Jesus would come as the “righteous branch of David” and that when He came, “Judah will be saved.” Isn’t it good to know that Jesus came to be our righteousness! We struggle with sin from day to day and He promises to forgive us and cleanse us …

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Dec 04

The God With Us – December 4

Scripture Reading Isaiah 7:14 Devotion Isaiah prophesies that the Messiah will come and will bear the name “Immanuel.” Immanuel means “God with us.” Jesus is the one who is “God with us.” If God had wanted to communicate to birds, He would have become a bird. He wanted to be with us. He became a …

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Dec 03

The Prophets – December 2

For those following –  sorry I missed yesterday –  here it is Scripture Reading Isaiah 9:6-7 Devotion The prophets and prophecies are sometimes relegated to that dusty dingy place in the attic of our Biblical library. Yes, we say they are important, but we will just keep them stored for future use. But they are …

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Dec 03

The Shoot of Jesse – December 3

! Scripture Reading Isaiah 11:1 Devotion Jesus is the descendant of Jesse. He is the “shoot” or new branch growing out of what seems to be a dead plant or stump. Isaiah is prophesying that the royal line of David will appear dead and gone and will revert to the humble beginnings of the shepherd …

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