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Found Out | Advent Devotion

Found Out Daily Devotion for Advent 2019 | Friday, December 20 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 The Holy Spirit never says anything by accident. That’s why the words in Matthew 1 are so disturbing: Mary “was found to be with child.” It doesn’t sound like she had the chance to…
Those Who Fear Him. Nativity soft focus. Advent Devotion. Immanuel Lutheran Church. Joplin, Missouri. LCMS. Call His Name Jesus.

Those Who Fear Him | Advent Devotion

Those Who Fear Him Daily Devotion for Advent 2019 | Monday, December 16 And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. Luke 1:50-51 Have you ever noticed? As Mary continues her song, the Magnificat, the words become more and more revolutionary. This probably isn’t what we expect from the young mother of our Christmas cards, the blue-robed…
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Crisis

Crisis Daily Devotion for Advent | Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. Matthew 1:18-19 I think it’s interesting that God put off talking to Joseph until Joseph…
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Facing The Music

Facing The Music Daily Devotion for Advent | Sunday, December 16, 2018 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home. Luke 1:56 I’ve always been curious about Mary’s homecoming. That’s probably the point where she had to talk with her parents, and with Joseph, about her pregnancy. Would they believe her? What if they didn’t? At only three months along, Mary probably had a few more weeks before she began “showing,” but she didn’t have…
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A Strange Turn Of Phrase

A Strange Turn Of Phrase Daily Devotion for Advent | Thursday, December 6, 2018 … And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah … (Matthew 1:6b) “By the wife of Uriah.” Why not just call her by name—Bathsheba? Why use a description instead? For that matter, why not just write “David was the father of Solomon” and end the statement there, as with most of the other steps in this genealogy? Why even bring up the…
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For You

For You Daily Devotion for Lent | Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018 | Holy Week Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-25. (Jesus said) “This is My body, which is for you….This cup is the new covenant in My blood….” (1 Corinthians 11:24b-25a) “I need a hug,” my son says to me when he’s having a bad day. “Can you hold my hand?” a child asks her mother, standing in line for an amusement park ride. “Stay with me, don’t leave me,” beg…
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Sponge and Stick

Sponge and Stick and Sour Wine Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, March 23, 2018 Read John 19:28-30. A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to His mouth. (John 19:29) Just before Jesus’ final moments, He said, “I’m thirsty.” Someone took a sponge and filled it with the sour wine the soldiers brought to drink. Then they put it on a stick…
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Thirty Pieces Of Silver

Thirty Pieces Of Silver Daily Devotion for Lent | Monday, March 12, 2018 Read Matthew 27:3-10. Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver Him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:14-15) The price of a slave. The price of a cemetery. The price of God. When Judas saw that Jesus was condemned, he brought his traitor’s…
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A Whip For The Right Backs

A Whip for the Right Backs Daily Devotion for Lent | Monday, March 5, 2018 Read John 2:13-22. And making a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen…. (John 2:15a) Jesus with a whip—really? And not just one borrowed in the heat of anger—no, He deliberately found some cords, braided them together, and made this whip. And then used it. But on whom? A whip for the right backs? Logic would…
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What’s In The Jar?

WHAT’S IN THE JAR? Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, February 17, 2018 Read John 2:1-11. Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. (John 2:6) There were several stone water jars in the house at Cana, meant to be used for washing. These were good-sized jars. They were probably nearly waist high. Filling them up with water would take some time. But once they were filled, the…