Nativity Devotion, December 26: He Understands Us

Nativity Devotion, December 26: He Understands Us

Therefore He had to be made like His brethren in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make expiation for the sins of the people.  For because He Himself has suffered and been tempted, He is able to...

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Nativity Devotion, December 25: Read the Story

Nativity Devotion, December 25: Read the Story

Merry Christmas Prayer Team!   With our journey to the manger now complete, take a moment today and read the whole story again.  Read it with someone else—your spouse, your parent, your child, your friend, your whole family.  Sit around the table, or in front of your Christmas tree, and...

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Nativity Devotion, December 24: And the Word Became Flesh

Nativity Devotion, December 24: And the Word Became Flesh

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory.  John 1:14   Good morning Prayer Team! For the past 40 days we have been studying the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and their accounts of the Nativity.  The Gospel of Mark makes no mention of...

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Daily Reading for December 24, 2015, Eugenia the Righteous Nun-martyr of Rome

Daily Reading for December 24, 2015, Eugenia the Righteous Nun-martyr of Rome

    St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 1:1-12 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. Oh God, hear my cry. IN MANY AND VARIOUS WAYS God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us...

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Nativity Devotion, December 23: The Meaning of the Word “Gratitude”

Nativity Devotion, December 23: The Meaning of the Word “Gratitude”

Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts—gold, frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.  Matthew 2:11-12   Good morning Prayer Team! In the Old Testament books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, one...

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Daily Reading for December 23, 2015

Daily Reading for December 23, 2015

  St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 10:1-18 Prokeimenon. Mode 3. Luke 1: 46-48 My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Verse: For he has regarded the humility of his servant. BRETHREN, since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come...

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Nativity Devotion, December 22: I Have No Gift to Bring!  Wait There is Exactly ONE Gift I CAN Bring!

Nativity Devotion, December 22: I Have No Gift to Bring! Wait There is Exactly ONE Gift I CAN Bring!

Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts—gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11   Good morning Prayer Team! As we run around purchasing and wrapping and delivering gifts for other people this Christmas, we must ask ourselves seriously and soberly, “What gift am I offering to HIM this Christmas?”  As...

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Daily Reading for December 22, 2015

Daily Reading for December 22, 2015

      St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 9:8-23 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. Oh God, hear my cry. BRETHREN, the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary is not yet opened as long as the outer tent is still standing...

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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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Daily Reading for December 21, 2015

Daily Reading for December 21, 2015

  St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 8:7-13 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Psalm 103.4,1 Who makes his angels spirits and his ministers a flame of fire Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God you are very great. BRETHREN, if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been...

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Daily Reading for December 20, 2015

Daily Reading for December 20, 2015

    St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 11:9-10; 32-40 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Daniel 3.26,27 Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers. For you are just in all you have done. BRETHREN, by faith Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in...

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Daily Reading for December 19, 2015

Daily Reading for December 19, 2015

  St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 3:8-12 Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 2. Psalm 31.11,1 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous. Blessed are they whose transgressions have been forgiven. BRETHREN, the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “in...

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