Category Archives: 2014 Devotions

December 31, 2014

Isaiah 26:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19 Decades ago, I visited the exhibit of one of the great archeological discoveries of the previous century: King Tut’s tomb. On display was great wealth, including a gold covered sarcophagus, in which was … Continue reading

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December 30, 2014

Isaiah 25:1-9; Revelation 1:9-20; John 7:53-8:11 Even as the people of old used to come to the temple and be taught by Jesus, day after day we have come here this year to look into the word of God together. … Continue reading

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December 29, 2014

Isaiah 12:1-6; Revelation 1:1-8; John 7:37-52 Isaiah tells us that he had done wrong, sinned, and that it angered God but that in his great mercy he comforted (forgave) Isaiah. He then announced that he placed his trust in the … Continue reading

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December 28, 2015

Matthew 18:1-14 Christmas Day is past. Gifts are opened, festivities done, and Christmas/Easter Christians are gone again until spring. Or are they? Some years ago, there was a young girl whose father was inactive in church. They rarely attended worship. … Continue reading

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December 27, 2014

1 John 5:1-12 Listen to a discussion about Athanasius, and you are likely to hear the saint described as having been contra mundum: against the world. Listen long enough, and those Latin words will become cinched together with his name: … Continue reading

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December 26, 2014

2 Chronicles 24:17-22; Acts 6:1-7; Acts 7:59-8:8 Joash rejected the prophet Zechariah’s admonitions, favoring instead courtly sycophants, and finally killing the Lord’s prophet. As the early church was increasing in size, some of the people wanted a church leadership that … Continue reading

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December 25, 2014

John 3:31-36 Despite efforts by many businesses to reduce Christmas to a prime commercial time of the year, and despite the robust effort that some groups undertake to remove the name of Jesus Christ from Christmas and turn Christmas into a “generic” … Continue reading

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December 24, 2014

Isaiah 29:9-24; Revelation 21:9-21; Luke 1:26-38 One of the most beautiful scenes of the church is found on Christmas Eve. Most sanctuaries are lovely on their own. Add some red poinsettias and the warm glow of candles held in the … Continue reading

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December 23, 2014

Luke 1:5-25 When God told Zachariah and Elizabeth of the impending birth, they were stunned. She who was barren will give birth. The Lord worked a miracle when John the Baptist was conceived. He worked another miracle when a teenage … Continue reading

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December 22, 2014

Isaiah 11:10-16; Revelation 20:1-10; John 5:30-47 Sir Walter Raleigh was a man who had earned much—and lost much. But he never lost one thing he had: a free gift that he never earned. Eventually, Raleigh fell out of favor with Queen … Continue reading

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