Tag: Advent

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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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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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Old Woman – December 27

Scripture Reading Luke 2:36-38 Devotion Anna spent time seeking God. I mean she spent a lot of time seeking God. She did what most of us cannot. She devoted her life to it. She was serving God night and day. When she saw what was happening with Simeon and Jesus, she knew God was there. …

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The Evangelists – December 26

Scripture Reading Luke 2:15-20 Devotion Not only were the shepherds the first to hear about the good news, they were also the first to go and tell the good news! That makes them the first evangelists! What great examples they were. They listened to the message of God, obeyed, and then went forth giving God …

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The Birth – December 25

Scripture Reading Luke 2:7 Devotion The Birth. Don’t worry, even though the birth of Jesus was a real human birth, we won’t get into the details of all that. But let’s talk about the humanity of Jesus. When you think of Jesus do you ever think about him as a human? As a real human? …

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