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Dec 28, 2016

Out Of Egypt

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Joseph’s second dream instructed him to flee with Mary and Jesus to Egypt.  This was not just inconvenience, it was, “Flee for your son’s life.”  Under persecution and terror, and for survival, the refugees set out.  Jesus here is reliving Israel’s story when His ancestors fled to Egypt to avoid the death of famine.  Later,

Dec 27, 2016

On Being Herod

By |Dec 27, 2016|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Worship|0 Comments

Every child knows that Herod is the great villain in the Christmas story.  They know it was not the truth when he said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him” (Mt 2:8).  Herod saw Christ as the

Dec 26, 2016

Everyone’s King

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More times than we can count, children have said these lines in Christmas pageants, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” Matthew 2:2 (KJV).  This is more than child’s play.  The wise men were the first Gentile

Dec 25, 2016

God With Us

By |Dec 25, 2016|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Father|0 Comments

Emmanuel, God with us, is a fulfillment of one of the earliest promises God made to Israel.  “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them” Exodus 25:8 (NIV).  They built a tabernacle to be that sanctuary.  We see the tabernacle take perfect form in the incarnation.  “The Word was

Dec 24, 2016

God’s Surprises

By |Dec 24, 2016|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Encouragement, Father, Guidance, Incarnation, Mary, Providence, Righteousness, Trust|0 Comments

Joseph had a hard decision to make.  His betrothed was expecting, and he was not the father.  He chose a quiet divorce, because he was a compassionate man.  “But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him” (Matt 1:20).  When we make a careful decision, even in

Dec 23, 2016

Willing Servant

By |Dec 23, 2016|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Mary, Obedience|0 Comments

Mary’s willingness to be the chosen vessel of the Lord, through whom Messiah came, is remarkable.  No reluctance.  Complete surrender.  Ready obedience.  “And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word’” Luke 1:38 (ESV).  These were not just words, but a covenant that would

Dec 16, 2016

Us And Them

By |Dec 16, 2016|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Grace, Peace|0 Comments

The division in the phrase “us and them” creates much disharmony in our world.  It does not make for peace.  It excuses lack of love, especially if we can demonize and dehumanize “them”, making “them” unworthy of our love.  It sets “us” up as the favored and lowers “them” to the unfavored.  It has no

Nov 26, 2016

Readiness

By |Nov 26, 2016|Advent, Christ, Christ Coming, Devotionals, Father|0 Comments

The first Sunday of Advent focuses on being ready for the return of our Messiah.  ”But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” Matthew 24:36 (NASB).  The Messiah came unrecognized by the political and religious authorities of his day, because they

Dec 29, 2015

Worthy King

By |Dec 29, 2015|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Holiness, Humility, Kingdom of God|0 Comments

 

Jesus is worthy because God has exalted Him and “given Him a name which is above every name” (Php 2:9).  He is worthy because He lived out the vocation given to Him by His Father.  He is worthy because of His holiness.  He is worthy because of His sacrificial death as the Lamb of God. 

Dec 28, 2015

Reigning King

By |Dec 28, 2015|Advent, Christ, Christ Coming, Devotionals, Father, Kingdom of God|0 Comments

Jesus is Lord!  He arose from the dead as Victor!  He ascended to the right hand of His Father!  He sits enthroned over all kings, governors, presidents and rulers as their Ruler and Lord.  He is the King over kings and the Lord over lords.  He who reigns above is working His will below by