December 30, 2018
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Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
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December 29, 2018
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“After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. ... His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ ”
Matthew 25:19–21 The Message

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December 28, 2018
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“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, “Come!” Is anyone thirsty? Come! All who will, come and drink, drink freely of the Water of Life!
Revelation 22:17 The Message

Two ideas are absolutely basic to a...

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December 27, 2018
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What is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
1 Thessalonians 2:19–20

Where is this supposed coming? The current expression...

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December 26, 2018
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[My] labor pains for you ... will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.
Galatians 4:19 nlt

And so you’ve celebrated Christmas, the coming of Jesus to this world. And what a thing to celebrate! The entire...

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December 25, 2018
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They will call him Immanuel, which means “God is with us.”
Matthew 1:23 nlt

I was listening to a few refrains from “O Holy Night”: “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices” and something deep in my spirit said, O yes...

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December 24, 2018
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The angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Luke 2:13–14 nlt

As I reflect upon the...

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December 23, 2018
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Her child was snatched away from the dragon. ... Then there was war in heaven.
Revelation 12:5, 7 nlt

I would pay good money to have a nativity scene with Revelation 12 included. Not only would it capture the imagination,...

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December 22, 2018
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And there was the baby, lying in the manger.
Luke 2:16 nlt

Much of the famous artwork depicting Jesus is beautiful, but the artists also make it difficult to remember that Jesus was human. The incarnation is one of the...

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December 21, 2018
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Then I looked, and, oh!—a door open into Heaven. The trumpet-voice, the first voice in my vision, called out, “Ascend and enter. I’ll show you what happens next.”
Revelation 4:1 The Message

The dreams I have about the...

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December 20, 2018
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“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me.”
Revelation 22:12 nlt

Reward—it fills the pages of both Testaments. C. S. Lewis writes: “If you consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the...

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December 19, 2018
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“Look ahead with joy. Anticipate what I’m creating.”
Isaiah 65:18 The Message

Certainly storytelling is one of the great pleasures in the kingdom. Would you like to write? Illustrate? Act? Produce? These are not obliterated...

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December 18, 2018
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I saw Heaven and earth new-created.
Revelation 21:1 The Message

What if? A large golden eagle in this world can carry a sheep. What load can a renewed eagle bear? I would love to ride a golden eagle, with...

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December 17, 2018
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They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Isaiah 35:10

What will it be like to be crowned with everlasting joy? To...

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December 16, 2018
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“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8 nlt

According to the Scriptures, the heart can be troubled, wounded, pierced, grieved, even broken. How well you know that. Thankfully, it can...

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December 15, 2018
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Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
1 John 3:2

There’s an expression that is...

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December 14, 2018
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The child-heart wants to know, “Will there be animals in heaven?” The calloused heart dismisses this as theologically unworthy. Friend, the whole debate ends when you realize that heaven comes to earth. How could your creative God renew...

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December 13, 2018
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This is exactly what Christ promised: eternal life, real life!
1 John 2:25 the message

Jesus’ offer of eternal life has gotten “interpreted” by well-meaning people to say, “Oh, well. Yes, of course ... God intends life for...

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December 12, 2018
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Commit yourself in love, in justice! Wait for your God, and don’t give up on him—ever! Hosea 12:6 the message

Without naming evil for what it is, and without a day of reckoning, there can be no justice. (This is where other...

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December 11, 2018
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The fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.
1 Corinthians 3:13–14

You know your every sin is forgiven. So if you can remove all fear of exposure...

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