Christmas Day Devotional 2019

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Story Reading Options
Open Your Family Bible
to Luke 2:1-20
Or
Read the Scripture Below:
 Luke 2:1-20
The Birth of Jesus
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
 
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
 
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
 
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
 
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
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Blog Post May 24, 2017

FAITH

By Sarah Speaks

 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.”

John 14:27-29

 

I have shared before, that much of my childhood and since then has been a battle against fear. From the irrational, monsters, scary stories, etc to the growing typical life fears that come with age, responsibilities, and a family. When I was confirmed and received my confirmation verse, it was perfect for me.   Faith grows when we let go of our fear, abandon the energy that drains us and allows us to cling to our Heavenly Father and allows Him to lead our lives.  But the verses following 27 clearly share his promise, he says something will happen and so it does. And the greatest part of all, His gift of salvation is also promised to us. “But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” Galatians 3:22.

 

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Blog Post May 3, 2017

FAITH

For All I Trust Him

By: Sarah Speaks

 
This week I pulled together some of my favorite 
scriptures and writings on faith…
 


Blog Post April 26, 2017

He Is Everywhere

By: Sarah Speaks

 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

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Blog Post April 19, 2017

 
He is Risen Indeed!
By: Sarah Speaks
 
 
Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  Ephesians 2:12
 


Blog Post April 5, 2017

Making Justice

By: Sarah Speaks
 
 
 

Peter’s swift strike of defense, and as I imagine it, without thought defending his Lord from the obvious capture, was an immediate response.  Are you one to strike immediately, or calculate a more methodical response?  I think we all lean towards one response or the other.  How easy would it be to have Jesus there with us as he was in the garden.  He knew what Peter would do and quickly corrected back to the path God had for Him.  Do you find yourself confessing “Not my will, but Yours Lord”  I often push myself (not always willingly) to seek the direction of God in the face of adversity, seeking to see His will and purpose for my life.  I recently came across a note from my mom, probably from when I was heading off to college, probably not when I appreciate it as much as I do now.  It read “…Be purposeful and available for the Lord…”  In order to do that, we all have to but our swords of our reactions, or knowledge, or plans away and look to the Lord, His directions, plans, and see the power He has in our world.



Blog Post March 22, 207

Directions
By: Sarah Speaks
Reflections on LHM Lenten Devotions
 
 


Blog Post March 15, 2017

 

 

Same Today

By Sarah Speaks

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Post March 8, 2017

 
Spiritual Warfare
By: Sarah Speaks
 


Blog Post March 1, 2017

 

 

What If Your Child was Christ?

By: Sarah Speaks
 
Beginning March 1st, Join Me in sharing your thoughts on the LHM Ministries Lenten Devotional each week.  You can download a copy here Lenten Devotional 2017.