Sunday Selah: Joyful Thoughts for Sunday After Christmas

Sunday Selah: Joyful Thoughts for Sunday After Christmas When I think about JOY, what comes to mind? To be honest, I believe true joy is a reality only fully realized in “deep waters.” As frail humans, we are prone to confuse a few things. We interpose good with easy. We think joy means happiness. If these are not happy days, how can we know joy? If this season is not easy, how…

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Christmas Advent 25: Preparing to Worship 

Christmas Advent Day 25: Preparing to Worship  In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who…

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Christmas Advent 24: Preparing for a Savior

Christmas Advent Day 24: Preparing for a Savior And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be…

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Christmas Advent 23: Preparing for Beauty

Christmas Advent Day 23: Preparing for Beauty And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7, ESV) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and…

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Christmas Advent 22: Preparing for Light

Christmas Advent Day 22: Preparing for Light  And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. (Luke 2:8-9, ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not…

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Christmas Advent 21: Preparing to Give

Christmas Advent Day 21: Preparing to Give  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17, ESV) But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: “They hated me without a cause.” (John 15:25, ESV) Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly…

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Christmas Advent 20: Preparing to See

Christmas Advent Day 20: Preparing to See And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be…

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Christmas Advent 19: Preparing with Joy

Christmas Advent Day 19:  Preparing with Joy Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had 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.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had…

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Christmas Advent 18: Preparing to Show Hospitality

Christmas Advent Day 18: Preparing to Show Hospitality Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9, ESV) Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Romans 12:13, ESV) Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:16, ESV) Hospitality (noun)- the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. I’ve taken…

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Christmas Advent 17: Preparing to Receive

Christmas Advent Day 17: Preparing to Receive Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17, ESV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, ESV) Many years ago, there was a young…

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