Daily Devotional 12-10-18

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITS Volume 17, number 48, December 6, 2018 “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” -Acts 19:15 Are You Known in Hell?[1] Paul’s ministry in Ephesus was truly remarkable. I love reading about it in Acts 19. It always inspires me with what God can do through men filled with the Spirit who consecrate themselves to Christ, willing to live for Him and die for Him. Ephesus was notorious for pagan worship. One of the...

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Daily Devotional 12-9-18

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

DECEMBER 3, 2018 Flowers in the Desert Isaiah 35 Isaiah 35 affirms that the wilderness will bloom. The “flowers in the desert” symbolize the renewal of all things, the victory of life over death and the joy of salvation. This prophecy of salvation has the aim of encouraging all those who have lost hope. The prophet affirms that God will perform wonders. The text describes how God will restore humanity. At the end of time, the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the lame...

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Daily Devotional 12-8-18

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

DECEMBER 5, 2018 The Holy Family and the Family of God John 1:1-13 During the Christmas season, we remember and celebrate the incarnation of the Son of God. We read and re-read the beautiful stories about the holy family in Matthew and Luke. We erect nativity scenes with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus huddled in a manger surrounded by shepherds, magi and farm animals. With a sense of reverence and a wistful imagining of what that night must have been like, we sing hymns and songs...

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Daily Devotional 12-7-18

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

Word on Wednesday – by John Mason ‘Prepare ye…’ – December 5, 2018 “Prepare ye the way of the Lord” – the opening words of Godspell, the Broadway musical that opened in 1971. The song captures the theme of John the Baptist’s ministry as he prepared people for the coming of God’s promised Messiah. Significantly all four Gospels record John’s ministry. Godspell dramatized the first coming of the Messiah. Now for us the words Prepare ye serve as a...

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Daily Devotional 12-6-18

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

DECEMBER 4, 2018 St. John of Damascus Since the earliest days of the Church, and certainly since the Reformation, Christians have debated the relative merits of venerating saints. Seen by some as nothing less than idolatry, and by others as nothing more than paying proper respect to martyrs and other paragons of Christian virtue, I will make no attempt to settle the debate here. I will, however, argue in favor of reclaiming the tradition of remembering the saints of old on...

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