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December 25, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Christmas Day 2019


Christmas Day

 

Luke 2:13-14

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

 

Thought for Today

Peace is not the first thing I think of on Christmas Day. For me there is a service at church to lead and preach. Everyone is eager to get home and open the presents. Carols will play. Wrapping paper will fly. There will be laughing, hugging, and celebrating. Hope is there. Joy is in abundance. But peace? Not so much. This must have been what it was like for Mary and Joseph that first Christmas. The chaos of a bustling town packed for the census. The struggle to find a place to stay with the contractions getting closer together. The joy of the healthy birth of a first born son. Celebration with the shepherds. Joy was there at the manger. Hope that comes with every new child was present. But peace was nowhere to be found. Where was the peace? Peace is the gift the Christ child comes to bring. The peace of which the angels sing will be found at the cross and celebrated at the empty tomb. Christmas does not bring peace, it anticipates it. Peace is the gift still wrapped in the manger. So don’t worry if you didn’t find peace this Christmas. Hope is the gift Christ brings at Christmas. Peace is the gift we open at Easter.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for the gift of hope, knowing that You came out of love for me. Help me to celebrate with true joy the hope of Christmas. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world. — C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day. ― Helen Steiner Rice

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December 24, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Christmas Eve 2019


Christmas Eve

 

Luke 2:8-11

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

 

Thought for Today

Martin Luther, in his sermon on Christmas 1530, wrote:

Therefore this is the chief article, which separates us from all the heathen: that you, O man, may not only learn that Christ, born of the virgin, is the Lord and Savior, but also accept the fact that He is your Lord and Savior, that you may be able to boast in your heart: I hear the Word that sounds from heaven and says: This child who is born of the virgin is not only his mothers son. I have more than the mothers estate; He is more mine than Marys, for He was born for me. For the angel said, To you is born the Savior. Then ought you to say, ”Amen, I thank Thee, dear Lord.” (emphasis mine.)

 

It is a marvelous truth that Christ was born at all. It is the greatest truth that Christ as born for me! May you hear the greatest news clearly this Christmas!

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth for me. Let this be the truth that fills my heart this year. Amen. I thank Thee, dear Lord.

 

Devotional Quote

The Son of God became a man to enable me to become a son of God. — C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts! ― Benjamin Franklin

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December 20, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent Ears - Did I Hear You Right? 4


Did I Hear You Right? 4

 

2 Corinthians 1:20

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

 

Thought for Today

God has made many great and precious promises to us. He has promised to love us and forgive us. He has promised to provide, protect and bless us. He has promised us a place in heaven and eternal life at the resurrection. All of these promises find their fulfillment in one place, God’s Son, Jesus. Jesus volunteered to come down from heaven to live a perfect life in our fallen world. He suffered and died on the cross to solve our sin problem. He rose from the dead to demonstrate that death was at last defeated. God answers all of His promises with a resounding “YES!” because of all that Jesus has done for us. So, when God’s amazing promises stop you in your tracks and you wonder if they can really be for you. Lift your eyes to Jesus. In His perfect life and sinless death, you will find the answer to all your fears and doubts. Then praise His holy name as you celebrate His coming at Christmas to bring about all of God’s promises for you.

 

Prayer

Blessed Lord Jesus, thank You for being the answer to all of God’s promises for me! Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The future is as bright as the promises of God. — William Carey

 

Quote of the Day

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. — C. S. Lewis

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