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My Prayer for Today

Prayer Min. Lynwood F. Mundy Father, I thank You for this mornings awakening to another day. Bless all that You have granted life by Your grace and mercy. Bless this day that we Christians call The Lord's Day; Bless those churches that teach and preach Your Word in ALL truth, because Your Word is TRUE. Bless those "shut-ins" that are unable to attend their church that they can read their services from this ministry's blog post. In Jesus' name is my prayer. Amen.

The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2013–2014. Ed.

December 15 Lesson 3
ZACHARIAS PROPHESIES ABOUT HIS SON, JOHN
DEVOTIONAL READING: Luke 1:59–66
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:57–80


LUKE 1:57, 58, 67–79


KEY VERSE
Thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.—Luke 1:76, 77


JESUS AND THE JUST REIGN OF GOD
Unit 1: God Sends Jesus LESSONS 1–5
LESSON AIMS
After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to:
1. Identify key themes of biblical promise in Zacharias’s song.
2. Relate the key themes to their fulfillment in Christ.
3. Write a prayer of thanks to God for the promises in Zacharias’s prayer and for how their fulfillment has been a blessing to him or her.
LESSON OUTLINE Introduction       A.      The Prediction Business
      B.      Lesson Background
          I.      Promise Fulfilled (LUKE 1:57, 58)
      A.      John’s Birth (v. 57)
      B.      People’s Joy (v. 58)
  A Rejo…

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 | ADVENT
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR A

 Old Testament Isaiah 35:1–10
 Gospel Luke 1:47–55 (UMH 199)
New Testament James 5:7–10
 GospelMatthew 11:2–11


Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 | ADVENT
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
YEAR A

         Old Testament Isaiah 35:1–10
   Psalm  Psalm 146
 Epistle  James 5:7–11
Gospel Matthew 11:2–15


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 | ADVENT
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR A

   PsalmPsalm 146 or Psalm 146:5–10
             First Reading       Isaiah 35:1–10
             Second Reading       James 5:7–10
 Gospel   Matthew 11:2–11


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 | ADVENT
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR A

 Old Testament Isaiah 35:1–10
   Psalm Psalm 146:5–10 or Luke 1:46b–55
 New Testament James 5:7–10
   Gospel    Matthew 11:2–11


Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 15
After the StormJeremiah 29:1–30:24; Romans 6:1–14
As we blink and squint in the light that emerges after a storm, we marvel that the sun was there all along and we just couldn’t see it. The same is true during times of difficulty. When we’re in pain or worried, it seems impossible to find God, but in retrospect, it always seems obvious: God was there all along.

Jeremiah prophesied to God’s people about their unraveling. The people heard words from Jeremiah’s mouth that must have seemed hopeless and full of despair. But in Jeremiah 29, we catch a glimpse of the light that comes after: “Build houses and live in them, and plant gardens and eat their fruit. Take wives and father sons and daughters … and multiply there, and you must not be few” (Jer 29:5–6).

Even in exile, God will continue to guide His people. Because of their sins, they have endured (and lost) war and been driven away from the land that God gave them; but God remains with them nonetheless. They may need to exp…