December 6: Emmanuel

Matthew 1:22-23
All this took place that it might be fulfilled which the Lord had spoken through the prophet, Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel—which, when translated, means, God with us.”  Continue reading

December 5: Savior

Matthew 1:21 AMPC
She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].

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I hope you’re enjoying my daily posts on the 24 Days of Christmas. Thanks for reading those, and I hope they’re a blessing to you this holiday season. But I wanted to squeeze this post in between all that because I felt led to share something a little different with you. Lest you think I’m over here in a make-believe winter wonderland with all my fun Christmas-y pictures and posts, I felt like you needed to know something: Continue reading

December 3: Magnificat

Luke 1:46-55 NLT
Mary responded, 
“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones. He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.” 

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December 1: BELIEVE

Every year, starting December 1st, my family and I read through short passages of Scripture that help us focus on the deepest meaning of the season. This year, I thought I’d open this up and share for anyone who would like to follow along. I’ll be posting (daily) the actual verses we read along with a short “devotional” of what that day’s passage spoke to us. Hope you’ll join us and follow along as you’re able! Here’s day one: Continue reading