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6 Days before Christmas

Joseph is Helped in His Understanding “Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’” Matthew 1:19–20 This is a good summary of the divine conception of Jesus. To be completely accurate, we should refer to the “virgin conception” of Jesus, rather than the “virgin birth” of Jesus. Mark Water, Bible Teachings Made Easy, The Made Easy Series (Alresford, Hampshire: John Hunt Publishers Ltd, 1998). 42.

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 20 WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS Nahum Tate, 1652–1715 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11) In the spring of the year, the lambing season, shepherds in ancient times would sit all night beside their flocks, watching for wolves or other dangers and even feeding orphan lambs with milk on a soaked rag. No doubt this is why these shepherds were seated on the ground the night Jesus was born, for biblical scholars believe the event was actually some time in April. It would be natural for these humble men to be fearful, not only for themselves but also for their flock, when the brilliant light and the voices of the angels pierced the silent night. But with what wonder and exultation they must have heard the astounding news! Are we surprised that they forgot their duty to their flocks and hastened joyfully, though perhaps doubtfully, to see the Holy Babe in the manger with their own eyes? This clearly written, colorfu…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Communion For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. [27] Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. [28] But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. (1 Cor. 11:26–28) We believe that the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper, like baptism is symbolic. It also shows the central truth of the gospel, the death of our Lord For our sins. It is a time for us to commemorate our Lord’s Death (verse 26) Jesus said, “This do in remembrance of me.” Jesus was saying, “This is how I want to be remembered. When you observe the Lord’s Supper, think of my death for you.” He could have asked to be remembered by his marvelous teachings, his words of wisdom, his deeds of mercy, his healing, or his powerful miracles; but he said, “This do, in remembrance of me. Remember my death on the cross for you. Remember my bro…