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God's Blessings

May the Almighty God of heaven richly bless you, family, secular and Christian friends, church family, pastors and enemies this Lord's Day. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011 | ADVENT SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR BOld Testament Isaiah 40:1–11 Psalm Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13 New Testament 2 Peter 3:8–15a Gospel Mark 1:1–8Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 4 BLESSED BE THE NAME W. H. Clark, 19th century, Refrain by Ralph E. Hudson, 1843–1901 I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your name for ever and ever … for you have exalted above all things Your name and Your Word. (Psalm 145:1 and Psalm 138:2) The Bible teaches that there are two things our Lord honors above all else: His Name and His Word. These two priorities should also be the most sacred trusts in our spiritual lives. A name is an individual’s main identification, as well as the carrier of his reputation. In the Bible, God renamed individuals—Jacob to Israel (Genesis 32:22–32) and Saul to Paul (Acts l3:9)—to reflect more accurately their changed lifestyles. It is only normal, then, to defend one’s name at all costs. To many people today, the names “Jesus” and “God” are merely words to use in blasphemy. To those of us who associate these names with divine love, such talk cannot be dismissed lightly. Christ Himself spoke out against becoming sacrilegious …