Posts from December 2019

Posts from December 2019

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1, 2020

Matthew 2:19-20 (NIV)   After Herod died,  an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said,  “Get up,  take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel,  for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”  Once again,  the angel of the Lord provided direction through a dream and sent Joseph and his family to Nazareth,  a safer place where Herod Antipas reigned.  There they began the…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY DECEMBER 31, 2019

Matthew 2:16 (NIV)  When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi,  he was furious…  Can we even begin to comprehend the suffering imposed on the families in Bethlehem as a result of one man’s hysterical fears?  This was typical behavior for Herod,  who murdered even his own family members.  This spirit of murder lives on in the hearts of evil rulers around the world today.  God sees injustice and cares about broken lives.  He is the God…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 30, 2019

Matthew 2:8  (NIV)   (Herod)  sent  (the Magi)  to Bethlehem and said,  “Go and make a careful search for the child.  As soon as you find him,  report to me,  so that I too may go and worship him.”  King Herod had no intention of worshipping the Christ child.  He destroyed anyone who might interfere with his ambitions;  he had murdered his wife,  her mother,  his oldest son,  and two other sons!  No threat survived his murderous reign.  Though the…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 28, 2019

Luke 2:17 (NIV)  When they  (the shepherds)  had seen Him,  they spread the word concerning what had been told them about the child.  “I will seek to believe rather than to reason.  I will seek,  rather than explain.  I will seek to give thanks,  rather than to penetrate the doctrine.  Who can understand?  Here is the Ancient of Days becoming a babe in Bethlehem.  Here is He who thunders in the heavens,  crying in the cradle.  Here is the One…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY DECEMBER 27, 2019

I Timothy 3:16 (NIV)  Beyond all question,  the mystery of godliness is great:  He appeared in a body,  was vindicated by the Spirit,  was seen by angels,  was preached among the nations,  was believed on in the world,  was taken up in glory.  This was Paul’s apologetic mandate.  No wonder he spent years in the Arabian Desert after seeing the resurrected Christ on the Damascus road!  His whole mindset had to be realigned.  He studied the Old Testament scriptures to…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY DECEMBER 26, 2019

Colossians 1:15, 19, 20b (NIV)  The Son is the image of the invisible God,  the firstborn over all creation… For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  and through him to reconcile to Himself all things… by making peace through his blood,  shed on the cross.  Long before there ever was an Abraham,  Jesus was present.  Long before there ever was a Bethlehem,  Jesus was present.  Jesus’  life did not begin in Bethlehem.  There was never…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 25, 2019

Isaiah 7:14  (NIV)  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,  and will call him Immanuel.  This is the Old Testament prophecy to which Matthew pointed.  He clearly says this child is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy—this is that.  Isn’t it wonderful to know that Immanuel means  “God with us”?  He came down to us because we had no possible way of going up to Him. …

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY DECEMBER 24, 2019

Matthew 1:22 (NIV)  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet…  If we believe that God can create a man out of the dust of the earth,  and if we believe that God can create a woman out of the side of a man,  and if we believe that God can enable a man and woman who are past the age of childbearing to conceive and give birth to a healthy child,  then why…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 23, 2019

Matthew 1:23  (NIV)  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,  and they will call Him Immanuel”—which means,  “God with us.”  The Bible is a book filled with remarkable narratives.  A snake talks to a woman  (Eve).  A man builds a boat and save the animals of the world from a flood  (Noah).  The second half begins with another remarkable story—the Christmas story.  A virgin conceives a child.  It would all seem quite impossible to…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 21, 2019

John 1:14 (NIV)  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.“ I think it’s noteworthy that the Almighty God didn’t act high and mighty.  The Holy One wasn’t holier than thou.  The One who knew it all,  wasn’t a know-it-all.  The One who made the stars didn’t keep His head in them.  The One who owns all the stuff of earth never strutted it.  Never.  He could have.  Oh,  how He could have.  He could have been a…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY DECEMBER 20, 2019

Luke 1:28 (NIV)  The angel went to  (Mary)  and said,  “Greetings,  you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.”  Mary teaches us that when we are faced with the unexpected,  we should persevere in faith gracefully.  God interrupted her wedding plans with a proposition:  “I am about to change the world.  Will you go with me on this?”  Mary submitted to God’s will and faced all the challenges that come with an unplanned pregnancy.  She gave birth in…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY DECEMBER 19, 2019

Luke 1:42 (NIV)  In a loud voice  (Elizabeth)  exclaimed:  “Blessed are you among women,  and blessed is the child you will bear!”  Immediately upon embracing Gabriel’s message,  Mary faced the reality of  “the space in-between”—the space between the supernatural world of the angel’s message and the physical world in which she would be judged harshly.  But God provided supernatural elements to help hold Mary’s faith secure as she lived in  “the space in-between.”  God provided a friend  (Elizabeth).  God spoke…