December 2012 archive

The End of the World as We Know It

Today marks the end of the world as we know it (cue music). Well, so did yesterday and the day before – and tomorrow will also be a different world. The world will not come to a complete demise today. The Mayan fiasco is wrong and Jesus may or may not be coming (no one …

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The Angel – December 21

Scripture Reading Luke 1:5, 26 Devotion The angel Gabriel and the angels we meet later in the Christmas story with the Shepherds are apparently a sight to behold. (“Zechariah…was… overcome with fear.” Luke 1:12, “[The Shepherds] were terrified.” Luke 2:9) The Shepherds and Zechariah seemed afraid of the angel. Mary was not. However, Mary and …

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The Manger – December 20

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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The Inn – December 19

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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The Mother – December 18

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 what …

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The Evangelized – December 17

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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The Human Events – December 16

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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The Step-Father – December 15

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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The Authority – December 14

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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The Announcement – December 13

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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