December 2012 archive

Dec 12

The Silence – December 12

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 11

The Last Prophet – December 11

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 10

The Town – December 10

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 09

The Son of David – December 9

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 08

The God With Us – December 8

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 07

The Shoot of Jesse – December 7

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 Jesse, …

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Dec 06

The Prophets – December 6

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 crucial! As we read the words of the prophets and we look …

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Dec 05

The Promise – December 5

Scripture Reading Genesis 12:2-3 Devotion If we dig deep into a trunk in the attic we often find hidden treasure, and when we dig deeper into the Word of God we find God’s promises to us. Abraham was given a promise. He was promised that he would be a blessing, not just to his people, …

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Dec 04

The Need – December 4

Scripture Reading Romans 3:23 Devotion Sin. Yuck. Who wants to talk about that. Sin is all that we do that falls short of God’s glory. All the wrong things we do. All the right things we do NOT do. Our sin is why He came. Jesus came to pay for our sins. To provide forgiveness. …

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Dec 03

The First Man – December 3

Scripture Reading Genesis 1-3; Romans 5:12-21 Devotion Adam was the first man. God created Adam and then Eve gave them instructions. Adam and Eve disobeyed and sin entered the world. Fast forward to the New Testament… Sin entered the world through one man, Adam. Adam brought sin, Jesus brings acquittal. (Romans 5:12, 18) Adam brought death; Jesus …

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