Thursday, December 21, 2017

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5a NIV 2011 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.   Paul, ever the encourager, wrote to the church at Thessalonica they grow in their faith. (Note: The Greek word…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

1 Kings 8:58-59 NIV 2011 “May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors. And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2 Chronicles 33:12-13 NIV 2011 In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Proverbs 18:20-21 1 Corinthians 8:1b NIV 2011 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.   Wise men wrote Proverbs. Verse 20…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 NIV 2011 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.   Paul gave his church in Thessalonica key steps to…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Isaiah 44:22, Acts 3:19 NIV 2011 “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.   Isaiah quotes the Lord’s Words of comfort…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Hebrews 9:14 NIV 2011 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!   Commentator’s coeless around this; the Spirit refers to the “Holy Spirit, who empowered Jesus to fulfill his mission. Matthew…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Numbers 6:23b-27 NIV 2011 “Say to them: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’” “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”   The Lord is speaking to Moses. He…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Luke 4:1-2 NIV 2011 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days and at the end of them he was hungry.   Jesus was tested in the wilderness after His baptism. This account is…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

John 13:23-25 NIV 2011 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.” Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”   Having washed the disciples feet just before the Passover, Jesus was ready to give his disciples information…

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