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The Story of God’s Love!

Scripture reading for January 1st:  Matthew 1, Psalm 1, Proverbs 1 (Reading through the New Testament,  Psalms, and Proverbs one chapter a day, five days each week in 2019–please join me in the trek!)

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 1:18-21 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.  When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.  But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”” 

The New Testament begins with a story that has its roots in the flow of the Old Testament.  A genealogy from Abraham to Joseph begins the story.  Joseph’s betrothal to Mary makes the story personal and about love.  But Mary, a virgin, was pregnant before the marriage was consummated!   Joseph had a plan, but angelic intervention brought needed information:  the baby Mary carried was conceived by the Holy Spirit!  The Name, “Jesus” was to be given to the child.  He would save His people from sin!  This story is made personal and current if you have believed in Him and received His love!

Faith’s Confession:  I believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and was God’s Son in human flesh, and is my Savior from my sins.

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  

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Mary, the Lord’s Mother!

Scripture reading for October 21st: Luke 1-2

Godly mothers are a gift from the Lord to their children and to the world.  I have a godly mother and am so thankful and blessed!  My mother has a close walk with the Lord.  She was saved when she was young and sought to live out that faith every day.  She was faithful to read her Bible and teach her children.  She was the Sunday School superintendent in our church as I grew up.  Now 91 years young, she still joyfully serves her family.  She faithfully calls each of her many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on their birthdays and sings to them!  What a blessing now and to future generations!

Luke tells the story of two godly women who are key players in God’s work of salvation.  Elizabeth was older and beyond the time of having children when God spoke into her life.  An angel came to Zechariah, her husband, and he was told that his wife would have a son and his name was to be “John”.  This son would go before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah and turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and prepare the people for the Lord.  (Luke 1:13-17)   Elizabeth became pregnant but her husband was unable to speak because he had doubted the angel’s prediction.

The second mother-to-be was Mary.  She was a virgin, engaged to be married.   Gabriel, an angel sent to her by God, announced her favor with God and told her that she would bear a child who would be called the “Son of the Most High.”  Mary humbly asked how this could be since she was a virgin.  The angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the child who would be the “Son of God”.  “I am the Lord’s servant,”  Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)

These women had the privilege of working with God to bring about His plan of salvation.  Their faith and obedience was a blessing to their children and families.  Their faith has impacted each of us and countless millions around the world!  Let’s say with Mary, the mother of Jesus, “I am the Lord’s servant.”   God wants to do great things through each person who will yield to His Word!

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Mary, the mother of Jesus!

Scripture reading for October 19th: Luke 1-2

I have a godly mother and am so thankful and blessed!  My mother has a close walk with the Lord.  She was faithful to read her Bible and teach her children.  She was the Sunday School superintendent in our church as I grew up.  Now  89 years young, she still joyfully serves her family and others by her godly example.  She faithfully calls each of her many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on their birthdays and sings to them a birthday prayer pointing them to Jesus!  What a blessing now and to future generations!

Luke tells the story of two godly mothers who are key players in God’s work of salvation.  Elizabeth is older and beyond the time of having children when God breaks into her life with a word from an Angel.  This angel came to Zechariah, her husband, as he was offering incense before the Lord.  He was told that his wife would have a son and his name was to be “John”.  (A great name!)  This son would go before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah. He would turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and prepare the people for the Lord.  (Luke 1:13-17)  As the angel predicted, Elizabeth became pregnant and remained in seclusion for five months.

Mary was a virgin, engaged to be married.   Gabriel, an angel sent to her by God, announced that she would bear a child who would be called the “Son of the Most High.”  Mary humbly asked how this could be since she was a virgin.  The angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would conceive the child who would be the “Son of God”.  Mary’s response was a picture of faith for all of us. “I am the Lord’s servant,”  Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)

This new mother had the joy of carrying Jesus Christ from conception to birth and then raising Him in her home.  These women had the privilege of working with God to bring about His plan of salvation for all mankind.  Their faith and obedience was a blessing to their children and families and has impacted each of us and countless millions around the world!  Let’s say with Mary, the mother of Jesus, “I am the Lord’s servant.”

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