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Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
As the Christmas Season is two (2) days from this writing with people buying expensive gifts on credit cards too impress those around them which will be charged with high interest rates and years to pay; there also will be parents buying gifts for their kids; package wrapping, and of course, the lovely Christmas tree that will be lavishly decorated by some with presents laid out underneath; and of course, the the visit to see and sit on Santa's lap. Lastly, a family gathering to feast on myriad favorite dishes of food. My question is, where is Jesus in all of this seasonal hustle and furry of buying?
Kids are taught fibs of a mystical Santa or other names in other countries coming down a chimney (your house don't have a fireplace) the giving and receiving of gifts on Christmas Day. There still isn't no mention of Jesus to whom December 25th is supposed to be worshipped and celebrated with all holiness, praise and glory. …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour.

December 22

  Be not doubtful, but followers of them also, through faith and patience, inherit the promises Heb. 4:12
God makes a promise. Faith believes it. Hope anticipates it. Patience quietly awaits it.

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

Determine by God’s help to maintain the joy of Christmas in your life. Seek to minister an encouraging word to some lonely person. Share this musical message—  p 382

December 23

I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY Henry W. Longfellow, 1807–1882
And He will be their peace. (Micah 5:5)
The cruel miseries caused by the Civil War greatly distressed the beloved American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. With heaviness of spirit he put his thoughts into words to create this fine carol. Since he was the most influential American poet of his day, Longfellow brought fresh courage and renewed faith to many of his countrymen who read this poem. Although he was a member of the Unitarian church, he maintained a strong belief in God’s goodness and personal concern for His people.
“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” was written in 1864 for the Sunday school of the Unitarian Church of the Disciples in Boston, Massachusetts. It originally had seven stanzas and was titled “Christmas Bells.”


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

December 23rd
How can I personally partake in the atonement?
God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Gal. 6:14.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ always forces an issue of will. Do I accept God’s verdict on sin in the Cross of Christ? Have I the slightest interest in the death of Jesus? Do I want to be identified with His death, to be killed right out to all interest in sin, in worldliness, in self—to be so identified with Jesus that I am spoil for everything else but Him? The great privilege of discipleship is that I can sign on under His Cross, and that means death to sin. Get alone with Jesus and either tell Him that you do not want sin to die out in you; or else tell Him that at all costs you want to be identified with His death. Immediately you transact in confident faith in what Our Lord did on the Cross, a supernatural identification with His death takes place, and you will know with a knowledge that passeth knowledge that your ‘old man’ is crucified …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings.

Morning, December 23      Go To Evening Reading

         “Friend, go up higher.”
         — Luke 14:10

When first the life of grace begins in the soul, we do indeed draw near to God, but it is with great fear and trembling. The soul conscious of guilt, and humbled thereby, is overawed with the solemnity of its position; it is cast to the earth by a sense of the grandeur of Jehovah, in whose presence it stands. With unfeigned bashfulness it takes the lowest room.

But, in after life, as the Christian grows in grace, although he will never forget the solemnity of his position, and will never lose that holy awe which must encompass a gracious man when he is in the presence of the God who can create or can destroy; yet his fear has all its terror taken out of it; it becomes a holy reverence, and no more an overshadowing dread. He is called up higher, to greater access to God in Christ Jesus. Then the man of God, walking amid the splendours of Deity, and veiling his face like the glorious …

Connect the Testaments:

December 23: The Rise to Power
Jeremiah 44:1–46:28; Romans 11:1–10; Proverbs 25:1–28

If you’re driven, you’ve probably worked very hard to get to where you are. Being driven is a good thing, but being driven at a cost to others or by elevating yourself by your own accord is detrimental. Proverbs 25 offers this warning from the perspective of King Solomon: “Do not promote yourself before the king, and in the place of the great ones do not stand. For it is better that he say to you, ‘Ascend here,’ than he humble you before a noble” (Prov 25:6–7).
People tend to get nasty when power or money is involved. It’s uncomfortable to wait for that promotion, but God asks us to remain patient. At the end of the day, attaining leadership because you’re worthy is a much great honor than obtaining it because you were louder than someone else or placed yourself in front of them. We should always take initiative and strive to succeed, but we need to remember that it’s not our place to decide our fate…