Devotionals

Praying

Born of a virgin

December 23rd

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise. Mt. 1:18 Most of the time, when people talk about the arrival of Jesus in this world, the focus is on the humiliating circumstances in which he was born: the birth in a stable, laid in a feeding trough, born to humble and poor parents, welcomed by a …

Not an endless genealogy

December 22nd

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Mt. 1:1 Matthew begins his gospel with the words “the book of the generation (genesis - translated birth in 1:18) of Jesus Christ” (1:1). This is a title for chapters 1-2, which tells us who Jesus is and where he came …

Hope thou in God

December 21st

Hope thou in God. Ps. 42:5 Here was a man who was in real trouble, and yet whose hope was in God. This is obvious in the text, but is perhaps the most important point to take note of. If his hope had been in men, he certainly would have broken. Men failed him. If he had hoped in his own ability to …

Your Heavenly Father

December 20th

Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Mt. 6:32 Consider with me the wonderful truths embedded in this simple sentence. First, that our Father in heaven knows our needs. This word "knoweth" does not merely denote an intellectual apprehension of our wants and condition, …

The Prayers of the Saints

December 19th

And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, …

Jesus our Forerunner

December 18th

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Heb. 6:19-20 The following is an excerpt from Philip Edgcumbe …

The Magi

December 17th

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Mt. 2:1-2 There are a host of questions …

Religious rebels against God

December 16th

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. Mt. 2:4 The Chief Priests and Scribes These represented the Jewish religious leaders of the day. The “chief priests” are a reference to the current high priest and all …

King Herod

December 15th

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Mt. 2:3 We all know the story: after Jesus’ birth, wise men from the east – Magi – show up at Herod’s court in Jerusalem claiming to have seen a star which they interpreted as announcing the birth of “the king …

Christ is King

December 14th

Where is he that is born King of the Jews? Mt. 2:2 Dr. Al Mohler once asked the question (in connection with the abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain in favor of his son, Philip VI), “How in the world can you have the existence of hereditary monarchies when hereditary monarchs don’t act like the …

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