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The Pregnancy of Mary

Until Christmas day, this daily e-mailing will lead you the reader's up to Christmas day with biblical details of Jesus' birth from the pregnancy of Mary his mother by the Holy Spirit of YHWH. Remember that the celebration of Christmas is for Jesus' birth and not the giving of gifts to each other. JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON. Travel with the ministry for the next 7 days to Christmas with biblical chronology of His birth. Lets remember that Jesus' exact birth date is unknown. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy Mary’s Pregnancy “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: his mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18 “Pledged to be married” was a more binding relationship than our present-day engagement. It could only be ended by a divorce. The Jews did not have sexual intercourse during this time of betrothal. Mary’s pregnancy was not the result of any human a…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 19 WHILE BY OUR SHEEP German carol, Translated by Theodore Baker, 1851–1934 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:20) It was a cold, clear night. The stars twinkled above and an air of peaceful serenity settled calmly over the field outside of Bethlehem. The fire was burning low as the shepherds sprawled out to rest among their sheep. “What is the meaning of that star?” asked one of the younger boys. As some turned to look, the star seemed to sparkle with a glorious glow, almost hanging over Bethlehem. Then suddenly they were blinded by a brilliant light! They cried out in fright and hid their faces on the ground. The consoling voice of an angel calmed their spirits as they listened in rapture to the blessed announcement of the long-awaited Messiah. How great was their joy! Have you ever wondered why these simple, uncouth shepherds without wealth, power, or social posi…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Compassion University of California at Santa Cruz isn’t a typical college. Recently they made the national news when their students started protesting the administration’s decision to start giving letter grades. Their bathrooms are co-ed., and their politics are liberal. A few weeks ago, a resident assistant at one of the dorms invited Dan Kimball, Pastor of Graceland Church, “a church within a church” of the Santa Cruz Bible Church, to be a part of an open forum on Christianity. Maybe it was because of the publicity generated by proposition 22, a ballot measure that defined marriage as “between a man and a woman” or the simple fact that the University has a large gay population, but homosexuality was the issue. “But people have these feelings,” one participant said, “why would God give us these feelings, and not expect us to act on them?” Gently, Kimball commented, “Some people have violent tendencies too, but that doesn’t mean violence is OK.” In response to the questions, Kimba…