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The Virgin and God’s Son

Scripture reading for March 3rd: Luke 1

Key Scriptures: Luke 1:34-38 “And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God. And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”

A key truth of the Christian faith is the truth that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin who had never known a man. This is important for our faith because a man born the ordinary way, through human intercourse, would not be able to save us because he would still have a sin-nature. God’s plan was to form His Son in a virgin’s womb and allow Him to be born of a woman and yet be the “Son of God.” The child would be holy and set apart from all other humans from His birth. Mary, herself, when approached by the angel had trouble understanding how this would happen. The angel explained that God can do anything He wants and had already formed the fore-runner, John the Baptist, in the womb of a barren woman. Mary humbly submitted and offered her body to serve God and mankind.

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign, Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord I believe that You were born of a virgin, and are the Son of God. Thank You for saving me and those who believe on You. Help me to say along with Mary, Your mother, “Let it be to me according to Your Word,” for all my life and service.

Genesis 18:13-14 “The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”

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Virgins for the Lamb!

Scripture reading for December 18th:  Revelation 14, Psalm 131-32, Proverbs 5

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 14:2-5  “And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder.  The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders.  No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.  It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins.  It is these who follow the Lamb wherever He goes.  These have been redeemed from mankind as first-fruits for God and the Lamb, for they are blameless.”  

John heard a multitude in heaven, 144,000,  singing around heaven’s throne.  They sang a new song which no one but them could learn.  These are those redeemed from earth who had been fully devoted to the Lamb Christ Jesus.  They had followed the Lamb and sought His righteousness therefore they were considered blameless and were in God’s presence singing in worship and adoration.  They represent the full number of dedicated saints of all times.

Faith Confession:  I look forward to being among this number one day.  Lord, help me to fully follow Jesus and live a blameless life through Your grace through Christ’s blood and to learn the new song of the redeemed!

Proverbs 5:20-21 “Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?  For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.”  

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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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