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World Conditions

    John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” We think of Christmas as a time of dazzling lights and festive decorations, Jesus was not born into such an atmosphere. The truth is He was born during a period the world was in spiritual darkness. The …

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A Savior Promised

  This is only one of several promises of a Savior, but the prophet Isaiah wrote: ” Behold! a virgin, shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah  7:14. Later Luke wrote this announcement concerning the birth of that Savior, Jesus: “During  the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to man whose name was Joseph of the house of David. The Virgin’s name was Mary.” After greeting her, angel Gabriel, told Mary she was favored by God and not to be afraid: because God was with her. Then he told Mary she will …

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Two Travel to Bethlehem

        “And all went to be registered, each in his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David.” Luke 2:4 After Mary’s announcement, and perhaps some time to recover from her astonishment, she engaged in a long speech praising God. But this announcement had caused Mary some concerns. Can you imagine a young virgin perhaps about fourteen years of age, betrothed to be married, and learning she is pregnant and coping with her secret? But God used an angel to convince Joseph of Mary’s innocence. Then Mary traveled with her espoused …

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A Savior is Born

    And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2: 6-7. This was the fulfillment of many old Testament prophecies of a coming Messiah. But why would the Savior of the world, leave the beauties of heaven and be born in a dirty, unsanitary stable that was used to shelter animals? Perhaps one reason was to signify no matter how sinful my life, Jesus wants to be my Savior, and before …

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Help Me Continue Jesus’ Ministry

Matthew 28:16-17 “And Jesus came and said all authority had been given Him; so go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all He had commanded them always to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I …

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My Childhood Celebration of Christmas

    Though I was not raised in a devout Christian home, I have some fond memories of celebrating my early Christmases. On Dad’s last trip to town in the wagon, he took Mother’s list of items needed for cooking our Christmas dinner and for goodies Santa would bring Christmas Eve night. When he returned, Mother cautiously took the fruit, candy, nuts, and other goodies and hid them in a protective place, but soon the pungent aroma of apples, revealed their secret hiding place. It was difficult to wait until after our meal on Christmas Eve, but finally the time arrived and Mother appeared in the room announcing Santa had come and left our treats …

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Godly Leaders

    Scripture: Exodus 5: 21 “May the Lord look upon you and judge you. You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have placed a sword in their hands to kill us.” Moses was leading the Israelites and interceded for them: He asked God why He had brought so much trouble on His people: for ever since he went to Pharaoh and spoke in God’s behalf, Pharaoh has brought trouble on his people and God has not rescued them. Many times when God’s people are serving Him, they do not understand when God continues to let them suffer. …

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God’s Reminder of His Faithfulness

    Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now  you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: because of my mighty hand He will let them go out of my country.” Exodus 6:1 Sometimes God’s children forget that God in all knowing, and all powerful; so we fret and complain about life situations. Though 102, I have not ceased to wonder about some life situations, Currently one concern is the coronavirus pandemic. I read that a new vaccine is to become available soon, and if God’s will, pray it will decrease cases of this dreaded disease. Prayer: Father in heaven, today …

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Moses’ Hesitancy to Obey God

  Scripture: Read Exodus chapters 3-4 … I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt and am sending you to rescue them. But Moses gave several excuses including he was slow of speech. Some historians think Moses had a stuttering disorder. After some miracles and Moses continued to hesitate, God promised Aaron could be his mouthpiece.    “Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who …

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Memorial to Moses!

        Scripture: Deuteronomy 34:10-12. “Since Moses’ death no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. Who did all those miraculous signs and wonders God sent him to do in Egypt to Pharaoh and all his officials: for no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in sight of all Israel.” Probably it was Moses’ experience at the burning bush that is referred to in this scripture. Have you ever thought how you would react if face to face with God? Each of us will …

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A New Leader Called

        Scripture: Joshua 1:1-8 “After Moses’ death the Lord said to Joshua, Moses’ aide: “My servant Moses is dead; so He told Moses to take all the people in his territory and cross the Jordan River into the land of promise. And God promised s He was with Moses, He’d be with them. And told the people to be strong and of good courage.” Joshua 1:1-2 One truly needs to be strong and courageous when undertaking any responsibility. and especially one as paramount as leading the rebellious children of Israel, However, Joshua accepted the challenge and the Israelites continued their …

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God Commissions Joshua

          Scripture Read all of Joshua Chapter one Underline these words: “Be strong and courageous because you will lead these people to inherit the land I promised them.” Joshua 1:6 Joshua had traveled with the grumbling Israelites, and was aware of the job he was assuming; so he knew he’d need to be strong and courageous. But can you imagine a multitude of people wandering in a wilderness forty years. Perhaps we would have grumbled, also. I’m aware one of my sins is complaining and sometimes wonder if God is allowing my adversities to help me overcome complaining. If so, Lord, …