Sunday, December 24, 2017

Isaiah 9:6-7a NIV 2011 For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.   Jesus Christ was born seven hundred years…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Revelation 21:3-4 NIV 2011 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is not among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

John 16:33, Matthew 11:28 NIV 2011 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”   The Savior is the source of strength and…

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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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