Monthly Archives: December 2016

Taking a Break…

Greetings folks! I am taking a break from writing the devotionals until January 1. I will be traveling and my schedule will make it difficult to keep up with the writing. I need to relax and retool during this time. … Continue reading

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December 25 – The Message of Christmas

Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14 Christmas Day has rolled around again. It’s easy to get caught up in the shopping, traveling, cooking and baking, and all the peripherals of things we do at Christmas time that we … Continue reading

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December 24 – Sacrifice

Luke 1:46b-55; Micah 6:6-8; Hebrews 10:5-10 Alfred Vanderbilt was a member of THAT Vanderbilt family. He lived a life of luxury and ease. He was so wealthy that he was scheduled to be a passenger on the Titanic. He cancelled … Continue reading

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December 23 – Answered Prayer

Psalm 113; Isaiah 42:14-21; Luke 1:5-25 If you read tales from the mission field you will hear of answered prayers again and again. Whether it’s a miraculous provision of food or supplies, protection from hostile inhabitants of the land, or … Continue reading

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December 22 – Endure Now for the Future Glory

Psalm 113; Genesis 30:1-24; Romans 8:18-30 The story of the ant and the grasshopper is an interesting story. In the original fable by Aesop, the ant works hard gathering and storing food while the grasshopper refuses to work and plays … Continue reading

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December 21 – Reconciliation

Psalm 113; Genesis 25:19-28; Colossians 1:15-20 Hollywood seems to enjoy those movies where people switch bodies. A kid playing an adult, an adult playing a kid, or one gender playing another all become plot devices that can be used for … Continue reading

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December 20 – The Look

Psalm 80:1-7; Isaiah 66:7-11; Luke 13:31-35 It is a staple scene in many movies. The main character needs to make a statement: a speech for political reasons; a summation for a jury; a presentation in class. They are nervous and … Continue reading

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December 19 – Advance!

Psalm 80:1-7; Isaiah 42:10-18; Hebrews 10:32-39 The Battle of Chancellorsville was one of those pivotal battles in the American Civil War that changed the course of the war. General Joseph Hooker had replaced Gen Burnside. He had spent the winter … Continue reading

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December 18 – God in the Ordinary

Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55 In a small town in Indiana in 1954 a coach with a past that probably doesn’t fit the pedigree of most successful coaches took a team to the state championships. He had … Continue reading

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December 17 – Sorry

Psalm 80:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 10:10-18 An executive wrote about a problem she had: she apologized too much. You’ve probably known people like this. “I’m sorry if I’m bothering you, but can I ask you a question?” “You don’t need … Continue reading

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