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Happy New Year! Keep learning and keep growing (Luke 2:39-52)

And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the… Continue reading Happy New Year! Keep learning and keep growing (Luke 2:39-52)

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Turning sorrow into strength (Luke 2:36-38)

36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.  She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and… Continue reading Turning sorrow into strength (Luke 2:36-38)

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“In Christ alone, my hope is found” (Luke 2:25-35)

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's… Continue reading “In Christ alone, my hope is found” (Luke 2:25-35)

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Why the family of carpenter? (Luke 2:21-27)

21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.2 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord… Continue reading Why the family of carpenter? (Luke 2:21-27)

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After the Herald Angels sing (Luke 2:15-20)

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17… Continue reading After the Herald Angels sing (Luke 2:15-20)

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Good news of great joy (Luke 2:8-14)

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for… Continue reading Good news of great joy (Luke 2:8-14)

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Thank you, Lord, for this day you have made (Psalm 118: 22-29)

The stone that the builders rejected  has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing;  it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made;  let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who… Continue reading Thank you, Lord, for this day you have made (Psalm 118: 22-29)

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Gates are open, enter with joy! (Psalm 118: 15-21)

Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, the right hand of the Lord exalts,  the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord has disciplined me severely,  but… Continue reading Gates are open, enter with joy! (Psalm 118: 15-21)

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Praise Him, the God of all nations! (Psalm 117)

Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! Psalm 117 ESV This is the shortest psalm with only two verses, and it is the shortest chapter of the entire Bible. There are 1189 chapters in… Continue reading Praise Him, the God of all nations! (Psalm 117)

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What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? (Psalm 116 12:-19)

What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation  and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord  in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of… Continue reading What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? (Psalm 116 12:-19)