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The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-21

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  And everyone went to their own town to register.

 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,  and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, He was named Jesus, the name the angel had given Him before He was conceived.

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May you have a blessed time with your families, and when your able to say a prayer over the food. I encourage you to be the one to pray and in the prayer acknowledge our Lord & Savior’s birth. Without His grace, we would all be dead. Thank You, Jesus!

If your not with your family for the Holydays, may you spend some alone time with our Lord & Savior. Jesus bless you all!!!

 

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We are to Encourage One Another in the Body of Christ

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Sometimes the cares of life come to us in one great load, as in a prodigal child or the death of a loved one. At other times they come to us one at a time, like bricks in a wall. Each one may be small, yet when combined with the others, it forms a wal that may seem insurmountable. During those times we all need encouragement. And there ought to be no more certain or rapid source of encouragement than the church. Paul wrote in the Scriptures that believers should “edify one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). The Scriptures can encourage; speaking a kind word or lending a helping hand can encourage. Sometimes just our presence can encourage. We must be alert to opportunities to encourage one another as so many needs abound in the body of Christ today.

Let the Lord encourage your heart and rejuvenate your soul now as you praise Him: “Praise the Lord.Praise the name of the Lord; praise him, you servants of the Lord,… Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant. I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. Praise be to the Lord from Zion, to him who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 135:1, 3, 5, 21).

Pause for personal reflection and thanksgiving. Pray this request to the Lord as you seek to live His will: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. Now pause to pray this affirmation of who Christ is: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” (John 6:51).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • Wisdom in daily decision making,
  • Opportunities to encourage others,
  • The elderly.

Finally, offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me; God sends his love and his faithfulness” (Psalm 57:2-3).

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

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Each Individual Plays an Integral Role in the Body of Christ

Image      All believers in Christ are a part of a spiritual union that the Bible calls “the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27). We are all individual members of the body and are “whole” only as we are related properly to each other. As the body of Christ, our task is to represent Christ on earth. Collectively, we are to do what Christ would do if He were here. As we pray, learn from the Scriptures, and seek and perform His will, trusting Christ to life His life through us, we fulfill the will of God on earth in Christ’s place.

Acknowledge the worth of your brothers in Christ: “God has the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased… that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another” (1 Corinthians 12:18, 25).

Now pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:12-13).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice your affirmation of His Word: “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live” (Psalm 116:1-2).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • More love for brothers in Christ,
  • Opportunities to help the homeless,
  • The needs of your close friends.

Now offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity” (Psalm 51:7-9).

“As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:20-27).

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