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Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day
Mary's Song 46 And Mary said:
    “My soul magnifies the Lord,     47      And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.     48      For Hehas regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;     For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.     49      For He who is mightyhas done great things for me,     And holy is His name.     50      And His mercy is on those who fearHim     From generation to generation.     51      Hehas shown strength with His arm; Hehas scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.     52      Hehas put down the mighty from their thrones,     And exalted the lowly.     53      Hehas filled the hungry with good things,     And the rich He has sent away empty.     54      He has helped His servant Israel,     In remembrance of His mercy,     55      As He spoke to our fathers,     To Abraham and to his seed forever.
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 17

  Lot … pitched his tent toward Sodom
Gen. 13:12
And soon Lot moved into Sodom; and before long Sodom moved into him.

Theodore Cuyler

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 17

IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR Edmund H. Sears, 1810–1876

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:13)

The peace of Christmas, proclaimed by the heavenly chorus, is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. “God was reconciling the world unto Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19). This message of reconciliation involves us on three different levels: Peace with God, peace with our fellowmen, and peace within ourselves. It is this blessed concept that Edmund Sears wanted to emphasize in his unusual carol.

In the second stanza Sears stressed the social aspects of the angels’ message—the hope of Christians spreading peace and good will to others who are burdened and painfully toiling. The hymn was written in 1849, a time preceding the Civil War when there was much tension over the question of slavery, the industrial revolution in the North and…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year.

December 17th
Redemption creates the need it satisfies

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him. 1 Cor. 2:14.

The Gospel of God creates a sense of need of the Gospel. Paul says—“If our gospel be hid, it is hid”—to those who are blackguards? No, “to them that are lost; in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” The majority of people have their morality well within their own grasp, they have no sense of need of the gospel. It is God Who creates the need of which no human being is conscious until He manifests Himself. Jesus said—“Ask, and it shall be given unto you,” but God cannot give until a man asks. It is not that He withholds, but that is the way He has constituted things on the basis of Redemption. By means of our asking, God gets processes into work whereby He creates the thing that is not in existence until we do ask. The inner reality of Redemption is that it creates all the time. …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, December 17      Go To Evening Reading
         “I remember thee.”
— Jeremiah 2:2
Let us note that Christ delights to think upon his Church, and to look upon her beauty. As the bird returneth often to its nest, and as the wayfarer hastens to his home, so doth the mind continually pursue the object of its choice. We cannot look too often upon that face which we love; we desire always to have our precious things in our sight. It is even so with our Lord Jesus. From all eternity “His delights were with the sons of men”; his thoughts rolled onward to the time when his elect should be born into the world; he viewed them in the mirror of his foreknowledge. “In thy book,” he says, “all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Ps. 139:16). When the world was set upon its pillars, he was there, and he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. Many a time before his incarnation, he descended …

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

December 17: Land and Deeds
Jeremiah 32:1–44; Romans 7:7–25; Proverbs 21:13–31

Those of us who have purchased a home know the frightening feeling of closing day—“Am I signing my life away? Am I binding myself to this building forever?” Imagine, on top of those feelings, knowing that the place you’re buying is about to be overrun by a foreign nation and may no longer belong to you. That’s what the prophet Jeremiah experienced.
Yahweh tells Jeremiah that his cousin will arrive with an offer to purchase a field. So when Jeremiah’s cousin shows up, Jeremiah views it as Yahweh’s will that he purchase the land, and he does (Jer 32:1–12). Meanwhile, Jeremiah knows that the Babylonians are coming and that they will overrun the land of God’s people, including the land that he has just purchased. This is not a reckless act; this is a moment of faith. Jeremiah seizes the opportunity to proclaim Yahweh’s faithfulness.
Turning to his assistant, Baruch, Jeremiah remarks in front of everyone witnessi…