Week 34: December 18 - 24

Fourth Week of Advent: Love  In the past three weeks we have explored the themes of Hope, Peace, and Joy. This final week of Advent we will focus on the theme of Love.  Zephaniah 3:17  The Lord your God is in your midst,    a mighty one who will save;he will rejoice over you with gladness;    he will quiet you by his love;he will exult over you with loud singing. The Old Testament prophet Zephaniah delivered the Lord’s ...

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Week 33: December 11-17

Third Week of Advent: Joy Today is the beginning of the third week of Advent. In the past two weeks we have explored the themes of Hope and Peace. This week we will focus on Joy; next week we will examine the theme of Love. Isaiah 12:6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,    for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. What a beautiful picture from the prophet Isaiah! In his vision, he saw the redemption of the Jewish people with the coming ...

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Week 32: December 4-10

Second Week of Advent: Peace Today is the beginning of the second week of Advent. Last week we gave a brief history of the celebration of Advent in Christian churches and our devotion focused on the theme of Hope. Over the next three weeks, we will focus on the remaining themes of Advent: Peace, Joy, and Love. Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be uponhis shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty ...

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Week 31: November 28 - December 3

First Week of Advent: Hope Today marks the beginning of Advent. For many of us, our only knowledge of Advent is the calendar, counting down the days to Christmas with candy. Actually Advent (the four weeks leading up to Christmas) is all about expectant waiting. Waiting for what? The coming of Jesus. Through the years since at least the 6th century, Christian churches have celebrated Advent in one way or another. Justin Holcomb writes for Christianity.com, “While Advent is certainly a ...

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Week 30: November 20-26

Jehova Rapha Exodus 15:26 “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.” You may have heard a sermon or a mention of the “Names of God.” If not, people are referring to the study of the names that God refers to Himself in scripture. These descriptions ...

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Week 29: November 13-19

Make God Big  Psalm 34:9, 11 9 Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! 11 Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.  The information and all quotes in this devotional come from the book: When People are Big and God is Small by Edward T Welch. This is a helpful resource that will benefit all who struggle with fearing others. In the last devotion we discussed the “Fear of Man.” This is an innate fear we all ...

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Week 28: October 30 - November 29

Fear of Man Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. The information and all quotes in this devotional comes from the book: “When People are Big and God is Small” by Edward T Welch. This is a helpful resource that will benefit all who struggle with fearing others.  Do you get embarrassed easily? Do you need approval? Do you struggle with saying no? Do you struggle with peer pressure Are you a people pleaser? Do you ever ...

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Week 27: October 16-22

God’s Plans or My Plans Genesis 50:19-20 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many peopleshould be kept alive, as they are today. God put me through a situation recently where I had a small accident with a power tool and got a pretty bad cut on my finger. I’ll spare you the gory details but I can share pictures if you desire. ...

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Week 26: September 25 - October 1

Lost Things Luke 15:4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open county, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? Luke 15 contains three of Christ’s parables, the parable of the Prodigal Son being the most well known. Many people, even non-believers, can probably recall the details of the story of the prodigal son. Unfortunately, many people read their Bibles and interpret scripture through the lens ...

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Week 25: September 18-24

“It may be that the Lord will work for us” I Samuel 14:6 Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.”  What a great statement by Jonathan the son of King Saul. This gives us a glimpse of his heart and how he trusted in the Lord. How did he get to this moment of great faith? When we look ...

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