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And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
Jesus came into the world to pay for our sin, to die on the cross a horrible, terrible death. And that wasn’t something to look forward to—but it was the right thing to do.
The theme of this year’s Alliance Week of Prayer is the Lord’s Prayer, and as we know it starts with “Our Father in heaven” as described in Matthew. But I also love the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer in Luke, where it starts simply with “Father.” I love that it’s so simple yet so direct—“Father.”
We are looking forward to a new year; we are looking forward with anticipation for what’s going to happen in this new year.
We are at the end of another year: 2014 is over in a few days. It has gone by very quickly from the perspective of someone who is over 60. I guess time seems to speed up the older we get.
God’s revelation about Himself is absolutely clear; no one can have any excuse for not knowing Him.
We see in the attitude of those present at the birth of Christ a willingness to serve God without any regard for the consequences.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”