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Jan 23

Bivocational Ministry

I recently read about the growing trend of “A rapid increase in bi-vocational church staff. We have noted the growing trend of bi-vocational pastors. We will see in 2015 an accelerated trend of other church staff becoming bi-vocational.” (   There is also an apparent increase in bi-vocational pastors as well. Since I am bi-vocatonal, I …

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Dec 15

The Step-Father

Scripture Reading Matthew 1:18-25 Devotion We don’t know a lot about Joseph. The Scripture is mostly silent about the step father of Jesus. 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 …

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Dec 15

Week 3 Activity – Caroling

Be Prepared Find copies of a songbook of Christmas Carols you wish to sing. As you do the devotions, practice singing the carols suggested at the end of the devotions. Don’t just sing the ones with which you are familiar, learn Carols the whole family may not know. Utilize the internet to learn tunes and …

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Dec 14

The Authority

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 13

The Announcement

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 12

The Silence

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

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

Scripture Reading Micah 5:2 Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity. 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 …

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Dec 09

The Son of David

The Son of David Scripture Reading Jeremiah 23:5-6 “The days are coming” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “when I will raise up a Righteous Branch of David. He will reign wisely as king and administer justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. …

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Dec 08

The God With Us

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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