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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December 10, 2018
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Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you.
Psalm 143:8–9

David...

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December 09, 2018
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Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17 nlt

We haven’t yet seen anyone in their true glory. Including you. Yes, Mozart wrote symphonies as a child...

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December 08, 2018
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Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ.
Ephesians 2:4–5

It’s important to grasp what’s taking place in the world, so you know how to live and how to respond. Hatred has become...

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December 07, 2018
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Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments.
Revelation 19:1–2

Evil judged and utterly destroyed. Forever and ever. Not just in the fairy tale, but in your story. Satan,...

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December 06, 2018
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“All mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer.”
Isaiah 49:26

Once upon a time the earth was whole and beautiful, shimmering like an emerald, filled with glory, bursting with anticipation. Such...

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December 05, 2018
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Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of...

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December 04, 2018
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Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man.
1 Corinthians 15:49 nlt

You’ll be made perfect. Finally, the totality of your being will be saturated only with goodness. Think of all that...

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December 03, 2018
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Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.
Revelation 5:12 nlt

Pilate dares to ask Jesus, “What is truth?” Jesus doesn’t even bother answering...

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