Tag Archive: Devotions

Nov 30

The Coming – Day 1 of Advent

Day 1
The Coming
Scripture
Luke 2:8-14
 
Devotion
Advent literally means “coming.” We celebrate Christmas because it was the (first) coming of Jesus. We celebrate advent in the anticipation of the second coming as well. Why celebrate Christmas?  We celebrate because:

Jesus came to bring Joy!
Jesus came to bring Salvation!
And Jesus came to bring Peace!

And Jesus is coming again in order …

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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 try to …

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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 great God and …

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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 by living a sinless life; …

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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 Jesus, who was our sacrifice. …

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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 to church! I know …

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Dec 31

The King – December 31

Scripture Reading
Matthew 2:11
Devotion
Gold. A gift for a King.
As Jesus is the King of kings, it seems fitting that he should get gold. Some speculate that Joseph used the gold to set up shop in Egypt. Who knows. I think that we can be like the wise men and give our gold (money) to Jesus. We …

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Dec 30

The Arrogant – December 30

Scripture Reading
Matthew 2:1-8
Devotion
Herod was jealous of Jesus. Herod did not want there to be another king. He tries to kill Jesus by killing children in Bethlehem. (talk about overkill!)
We sometimes have the same weakness as Herod. We have this problem letting anyone else rule over us. We want to be king of our lives. We …

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Dec 29

Good News – December 29

Scripture Reading
Luke 2:10
Devotion
Do not be afraid… I proclaim to you good news! The good news! Jesus is born! Good news! Great Joy! A savior! Good news! He will save His people from their sins! Great Joy! For all people! Immanuel! God with Us! Good news! Great Joy! Christ the Lord! He is born! Good news!
Questions

What’s …

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Dec 28

The Old Man – December 28

Scripture Reading
Luke 2:25-35
Devotion
Confirmation. It’s one thing to hear from an angel. It’s another thing to have the message confirmed by flesh and blood. When Mary and Joseph reached Jerusalem, a man they did not know confirmed what they already knew. Jesus was the Messiah.
Sometimes God allows us to get a bigger picture of His plan. …

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