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Tell Me Our Story

Prayer: Dear Jesus, please come with me today as I read Your Word and think about our relationship. Please speak to me so that I can hear and help me listen rather than talk all the time. This concept that You are the Word is difficult to grasp and I ask that You would open up my heart and mind so that I canunderstand it better and apply it more effectively to my life. In Your name I pray. Amen.
Read: John 1:1-14 1:1-14/
Think about It: The tie between God the Creator, God the Son, and God the Spirit is eternal and unfathomable. As we think about the fall of Adam and Eve into sin, we have to harken back to the beginning when all was created. In that creating process, the Father speaks everything into being (except Adam and Eve, who He forms with His own hands). Now, in John 1 we are reminded that Jesus was there in the beginning as a part of that creative process. He was the very Word spoken in order to bring everything into being. That concept just cannot be…

From Slave to Heir

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for Your great love for me that would send Your Son to save me from my sins. Thank You also for Your Word that teaches me everything I need to know about You. It is my joy to read and study Your Word and I ask that You would send Your Holy Spirit as my Teacher and my Guide. May Your Word speak into the deep places in my heart and mind that I would be challenged and changed. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Read: Galatians 3:29-4:7 3:29-4:7/

Think about It: The Apostle’s Paul makes a fascinating correlation between the life of a slave and the life of a child. He points out that as they go through their daily lives, there is little difference between their realities. Both are told by someone else what to do, when to eat, when to sleep . . . their lives are governed completely by another. But while their lives may look similar, there is a huge difference between them and that is the disposition of their future. For the slave, life i…

Mercy First

On Sunday we enter what is known in the Church as Advent. During Advent we look forward to the coming of the Christ Child and prepare our hearts the celebration of Christmas. We celebrate Christmas because it marks the beginning of the human life of Jesus, as He lives and breaths on this planet so that we might be saved from our sins. In preparation for Christmas, we will be taking a break from our regular study of Matthew and focus on the readings that will be a part of worship on Sunday mornings between now and Christmas. Today, that preparation begins.

Prayer: Gracious Lord God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I have come again to that time of year when we celebrate the birth of Your dear Son, Jesus. It seems like the year has gone by so quickly. But I know that each day was measured by You and allowed by You. I know that my life has been completely in Your hands every moment of every day. Now I ask that You would go with me into this season as we walk through the story of Jesus’ birt…


Violence and Vulnerability

Satan – Part 3