Monthly Archives: December 2011

Pardon the Holiday Business

I am sorry for lack of posts lately. It has been exceptionally busy! I will resume regular blogging shortly!

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Monday Morning Coffee and Content

It’s that time again!  After you have spent some time devotionally reading the scripture, here are some interesting links for your enjoyment and edification.

Reading Recomendations for the New Year

Ten Tips for Leading Under Pressure

The Perfect Gift for Christ

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Christmas Week Devotions

  • Monday:  Psalm 119:145-152
  • Tuesday:  Psalm 119:153-160
  • Wednesday:  Psalm 119:161-168
  • Thursday:  Psalm 119:169-176
  • Friday:  John 1:1-18
  • Saturday:  Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-21
  • Sunday:  Matthew 1:18-2:12

Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday Word from the Word

James 3:13-18

Who is wise and understanding among you?  By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.  (14) But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.  (15) This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  (16) For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.  (17) But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  (18)  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

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December 12-18 Devotions

  • Monday–Psalm 119:89-96
  • Tuesday–Psalm 119:97-104
  • Wednesday–Psalm 119:105-112
  • Thursday–Psalm 119:113-12o
  • Friday–Psalm 119:121-128
  • Saturday–Psalm 119:129-136
  • Sunday–Psalm 119:137-144

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Random Thoughts on the Atonement

I finally finished the torturous biography of Steve Jobs.  I had initially planned to write a book review, but it is simply not worth it.  I learned two things from the biography.  1.  I probably would not have liked Steve Jobs.  2.  I have a new found respect for all things made by Apple.

At long last I have been able to move along in my reading to something that is certain to stir my heart spiritually.  My next reading endeavor is It is Well:  Expositions on the Substitutionary Atonement by Mark Dever and Michael Lawrence.  I wanted to highlight some things from the reading thus far that have struck me.  I hope they stir in you a hunger to know more about the atonement of our sins by Jesus.0

“God has come not to provide what you want or what you think you need–a little peace and order in your life, a little hope in a dim and dismal time.  No, God has come to meet a much deeper, moch more profound need than you may have even known that you have.”  pg 24

“Here in Exodus 12 we are introduced to that old gospel, the biblical gospel.  God would deliver us not because of anything we have done or because of anything that we are–but solely because of Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice for us. ” 25

Quoting Jonathan Edwards about death:

“death serves all alike;as he deals with the poor, so he deals with the rich: is not awed at the appearance of a proud palace, a numerous attendance, or a majestic countenance; pulls a king out of his throne, and summons him before the judgement seat of God, with as few compliments and as little ceremony as he take the poor man out of his cottage.  Death is as rude with emperors as with beggars and handles one with as much gentleness as the other.”   26

I am  So thankful that Jesus took my place and paid the penalty for my sins.

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Wednesday Word from the Word

 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.   When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to the disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;  therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.  Matthew 9:35-37

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