Category Archives: 2015 Devotions

December 19, 2015

Matthew 25: 31-46 A poem by Helen Steiner Rice illustrates our failure to see God daily, “The Story of the Christmas Guest.” The story centers around a man named Conrad. Conrad wishes that the Lord would be his Christmas guest … Continue reading

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December 18, 2015

Matthew 25:14-30 Studying God’s Word is like “gathering where you scattered no seed” (Matthew 25:24). Each time we study scripture God brings forth new discoveries and insights that illuminate his goodness and faithfulness. Take Matthew 25:14-30 for example. When the … Continue reading

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December 17, 2015

Matthew 25:1-13 For years I’ve heard the parable of the ten virgins told with the majority of the time the women in the parable being depicted as five good and five evil. However, look at the story closely. Jesus tells … Continue reading

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December 16, 2015

Matthew 24:45-51 Timing is everything. Well, if not everything, then at least almost everything. Take for example the illustration I found in an online sermon: Consider that researchers at Xerox developed the computer “mouse” a full 15 years too soon. … Continue reading

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December 15, 2015

Matthew 24:32-44 Jesus reminds us to be ready for his appearing at the end of time. Yet, we do not need to be spending our time speculating on when that time may be. The message for you and me in … Continue reading

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December 14, 2015

Matthew 24:15-31 On August 5, 2001, it had to be another win for the Mariners. They led the Indians 14-2 at the seventh inning stretch. Wasn’t it obvious? Nope. Cleveland 15, Seattle 14. “It’s not over ‘til it’s over” applies … Continue reading

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December 13, 2015

Amos 9:11-15 James Limburg says this about the God of Amos: “the Lord is the God of nature. The pastures, the mountains react when the Lord speaks. The Lord has created the mountains, the winds, the stars, and … maintains … Continue reading

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December 12, 2015

Matthew 24:1-14 In today’s text, Jesus spoke to his disciples about signs of the end times. There are many things going on in the world today that make it seem as though we may be living in the end times. … Continue reading

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December 11, 2015

Haggai 1:1-15 As the Word of the Lord came to the prophet Haggai, having returned from exile, the Jews had not yet begun to rebuild God’s temple. God sent his prophet to point out the people’s selfish ways and inward … Continue reading

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December 10, 2015

Amos 9:1-10; Revelation 2:8-17; Matthew 23:13-26 It is hard to imagine God as one who vows to destroy sinners, but that is exactly the image Amos portrays in the first reading. “Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon … Continue reading

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