Daily Reading for December 25, 2015

Daily Reading for December 25, 2015

  St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:4-7 Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 1. Psalm 65.4,1 Let all the earth worship you, and sing praises to you. Shout with joy to God, all the earth. BRETHREN, when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the...

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Nativity Devotion, December 21: Meaningful Gifts

Nativity Devotion, December 21: Meaningful Gifts

Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts—gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11   Good morning Prayer Team! The Magi did not come empty-handed to visit the Christ-child.  They brought Him treasures, gifts that they considered valuable, gifts that befit the “king” they were coming to visit.  They presumably brought...

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Nativity Devotion, December 20: Are You “Giving” or “Exchanging”?

Nativity Devotion, December 20: Are You “Giving” or “Exchanging”?

Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts—gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11   Good morning Prayer Team! Many work-places make a “gift exchange” part of their office Christmas party.  This is done so that everyone brings one gift and receives one gift and it insures that everyone only has...

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Nativity Devotion, December 19: What is a Gift?

Nativity Devotion, December 19: What is a Gift?

Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts—gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11   Good morning Prayer Team!   It seems that gift-giving, for many, has become the center-piece of the Christmas holiday.  Gifts have also become the greatest source of stress during the Christmas season.  We stress about trying...

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Nativity Devotion, December 18: I can Only Imagine

Nativity Devotion, December 18: I can Only Imagine

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshipped Him.  Matthew 2:11   Good morning Prayer Team! What would your first reaction be if you walked into a room and Christ was there?  One can only imagine the scene when...

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Nativity Devotion, December 17: All Signs Point in One Direction

Nativity Devotion, December 17: All Signs Point in One Direction

When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  Matthew 2:9-10  ...

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Nativity Devotion, December 16: This Journey Is a Long One

Nativity Devotion, December 16: This Journey Is a Long One

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem, saying “Go and search diligently for the Child, and when you have found Him bring me word, that I too may come and worship Him.”  Matthew 2:3-8  ...

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Nativity Devotion, December 15: Come to the Dark Side-Uh, NO!!!

Nativity Devotion, December 15: Come to the Dark Side-Uh, NO!!!

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all of Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.  They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by...

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Nativity Devotion, December 14: Leaving and Following

Nativity Devotion, December 14: Leaving and Following

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men came from the East to Jerusalem, saying “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?  For we have seen His star in the East and have come to...

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