Dec 24, 2016

God’s Surprises

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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

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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 24, 2014

Babies And Rescue

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“Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”  Luke 2:11 (KJV).  Bethlehem!  City of David!  A Baby!  Descendent of David!  Promised Messiah!  More than once in the history of Israel God raised up a baby for His purposes.  There was Sarah’s baby, born of the

Dec 22, 2014

Inside Mary’s Body

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Mary was an ovulating Jewish teenager. Inside her body was a special egg. This ovum was chosen of the Father to live out the humility of God.  By the Holy Spirit, the seed of God enters the ovum.  Once this union takes place, before the first division of the cell, “It” is not half-human nor

Dec 21, 2014

Mary’s Inconvenience

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It was very inconvenient for a pregnant Mary to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem to give birth in a stable, just because a politician wanted to count heads, so he could get more tax money, and he insisted on his subjects going to their native town for the count.  While she was there the Baby

Dec 19, 2014

Christian Parenting

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Joseph and Mary were model parents.  Their lives separately and collectively were centered in God and obedience to His will.  The first requirement for parenthood is to be God-centered.  It is to sing off the same page of loving God, worship and doing His will.  This would solve so many problems in our world.  It

Dec 18, 2014

Joseph Heard God Speak

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“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit”  Matthew 1:20 (NASB).  He hears God speak at least four times (Matthew 1:20; 2:13, 19, 22).  Joseph’s revelations came over a period of years.  His hearing of

Dec 17, 2014

Joseph And Compassion

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“And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly” Matthew 1:19 (NASB).  Joseph is considering another way to break off the engagement.  He wrestled with the letter of the law to come up with a better way to deal with Mary’s pregnancy.  He had

Dec 15, 2014

Joseph’s Obedience

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Joseph obeyed the Lord without hesitation or delay.  He obeyed when he took Mary as his wife.  He obeyed when he was commanded to go to Egypt.  He obeyed when he returned to Israel.  It is one thing to hear God speak, and it is another to obey.  Joseph did both.  May our obedience to

Dec 11, 2014

Lamb And Shepherd 

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Mary knew the Hebrew phrase, “The Lord is my Shepherd.”  In the New Testament, Jesus is both Lamb and Shepherd.  The Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).