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2014

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December 28, 2014 Matthew 2:1-12 The Visit of the Magi

Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?"
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“Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
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And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Christmas Day, 2014 Isaiah 9; Luke 2 Heaven and Earth
Christmas Eve, 2014 Isaiah 9; John 1; Luke 2 Sleep in Heavenly Peace
December 21, 2014 Matthew 1:18-25 The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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"Joseph, son of David," the angel said, "do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit."
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When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.
December 14, 2014 Isaiah 42:1-9 The Lord’s Chosen Servant

“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations.”
“He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.”
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"I will take you by the hand and guard you, and I will give you to my people, Israel, as a symbol of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide the nations. You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons."
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“I am Yahweh; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols."
December 7, 2014 Esther 4:1-17 Queen Esther and Mordecai's Troubles

And as news of the king’s decree reached all the provinces, there was great mourning among the Jews. They fasted, wept, and wailed, and many people lay in burlap and ashes.
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Mordecai gave Hathach a copy of the decree issued in Susa that called for the death of all Jews. He asked Hathach to show it to Esther and explain the situation to her. He also asked Hathach to direct her to go to the king to beg for mercy and plead for her people.
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"If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?"
November 30, 2014 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4;
3:17-19
Habakkuk's Complaint

How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen!
Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.
The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted.
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Then the Lord said to me, "Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others."
“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God."
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Yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.
November 23, 2014 Jeremiah 1:4-10; 7:1-11 Jeremiah Speaks at the Temple

“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”
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“Look, I have put my words in your mouth! Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms."
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“Go to the entrance of the Lord’s Temple, and give this message to the people: ‘O Judah, listen to this message from the Lord! Listen to it, all of you who worship here! This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:
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I will be merciful only if you stop your evil thoughts and deeds and start treating each other with justice; only if you stop exploiting foreigners, orphans, and widows; only if you stop your murdering; and only if you stop harming yourselves by worshipping idols."
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"Don’t you yourselves admit that this Temple, which bears my name, has become a den of thieves? Surely I see all the evil going on there. I, the Lord, have spoken!"
November 16, 2014 Isaiah 36:1-3,13-20; 37:1-7; 2:1-4 A New Ruler

Then the king of Assyria sent his chief of staff from Lachish with a huge army to confront King Hezekiah in Jerusalem.
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"Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you. He will never be able to rescue you. Don’t let him fool you into trusting in the Lord by saying, 'The Lord will surely rescue us.'"
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"What god of any nation has ever been able to save its people from my power? So what makes you think that the Lord can rescue Jerusalem from me?"
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“Say to your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be disturbed by this blasphemous speech against me from the Assyrian king’s messengers. Listen! I myself will move against him, and the king will receive a message that he is needed at home. So he will return to his land, where I will have him killed with a sword.’”
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They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.
November 9, 2014 Micah 5:2-4; 6:6-8 A New Ruler

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.
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And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
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What can we bring to the Lord? Should we bring him burnt offerings? ...
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No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
November 2, 2014 2 Kings 5:1-14 The Healing of Naaman

The king of Aram had great admiration for Naaman, the commander of his army, because through him the Lord had given Aram great victories. But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy.
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The letter to the king of Israel said: “With this letter I present my servant Naaman. I want you to heal him of his leprosy.”
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But when Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes in dismay, he sent this message to him: “Why are you so upset? Send Naaman to me, and he will learn that there is a true prophet here in Israel.”
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So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child, and he was healed!
October 26, 2014 1 Kings 3:4-28 The Wisdom of Solomon

That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
“Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”
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Then he said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other!”
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Then the king said, “Do not kill the child, but give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!”
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When all Israel heard the king’s decision, the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering justice.
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