2015 Advent – Day 15

YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHO TO TRUST Today read Psalms 146 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth. … The LORD watches over the sojourners. PSALM 146:5, 9A Putting up Christmas lights by yourself isn’t very easy, and often it’s not

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2015 Advent – Day 14

CHRISTMAS TREES DON’T LAST FOREVER Today read Matthew 3:7-12 Even now the axe is laid at the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. MATTHEW 3:10 The cut Christmas trees we get each year don’t last long. We always tried to stretch them until January,

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2015 Advent – Day 13

OUT OF PLACE Today read Matthew 3:1-6 John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. MATTHEW 3:4 I grew up thinking our living room was the natural place for a Christmas tree. But eventually it dawned on me-a tree is not supposed to be

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2015 Advent – Day 12

ORNAMENTS Today read Romans 15:8-13 Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy … ROMANS 15:8B-9A I have to admit, once the lights were on the tree, I was satisfied. I didn’t

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2015 Advent – Day 11

THE LIGHTS TIE IT TOGETHER Today read Romans 15:4-7 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another … that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. ROMANS 15:5A, 6 Now the tree is on its stand in the living

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2015 Advent – Day 10

SHARP NEEDLES Today read Isaiah 11:6-10 They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. ISAIAH 11:9 I love the smell of fresh cut Christmas trees, but I’m not crazy about their sting. I was never a

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2015 Advent – Day 9

A DEAD STUMP Today read Isaiah 11:1-5 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. ISAIAH 11:1 When I was buying my tree last week, the guy selling it to me told me that the tree would never last unless it soaked up plenty of sugar

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2015 Advent – Day 8

PICKING THE RIGHT TREE Today read Psalm 72:1-7 May He defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor! PSALM 72:4 When I was growing up, our Christmas tree was always fake. My dad was allergic to the real thing. But now that I have

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2015 Advent – Day 7

THOSE REST STOPS ALONG THE WAY Today read Matthew 21:8-11 The crowds that went before Him and that followed Him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.” MATTHEW 21:9A Rest Areas: they must have seemed like paradise to my parents; they certainly were for us.

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2015 Advent – Day 6

TRAVELING WITH OUR SPECIAL GUEST Today read Matthew 21:1-7 Behold, your King is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden. MATTHEW 21:5B Our Advent journey continues and, no, we’re not there yet! (Wondering when we would arrive was always my favorite question during our

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