January 2013 archive

Jan 11

New Every Morning

Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!  Lamentations 3:22-23 His mercies are new every morning! Human nature likes a fresh start. We use the new year to be that time of renewal. We make resolutions, set goals and …

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Jan 04

The Return – January 4

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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Jan 03

The Cross – January 3

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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Jan 02

The Sacrifice – January 2

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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Jan 01

The Priest – January 1

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 this year. To put it simply, let’s go …

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