Dec10TueDecember 10, 2019 by Debbie Laginskie
Read the following verse on peace:
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
An Excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s Commentary (it’s in “old” English!)
Dec9MonDecember 9, 2019Light the candle of peace.
Never underestimate “small” things in God’s great kingdom. The world often promises big things and fails to deliver. Herod’s kingdom valued unbridled power, but God’s kingdom values the small and insignificant: The Holy Family, the parable of the mustard seed are just a few examples.Jesus...
Dec6FriDecember 6, 2019
We will close this week by looking at the hymn, “Joy to the World.”
The words of the hymn are by the English writer Isaac Watts , based on Psalm 98 , 96:11–12 and Genesis 3:17–18. The song was first published in 1719 in Watts' collection The Psalms of David: Imitated in the language of the...
Dec5ThuDecember 5, 2019
Read the following verses out loud:
“ I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given...
Dec4WedDecember 4, 2019
Choosing Joy in our Sorrow
When Jesus came to bring joy, it didn’t mean that we would never sorrow or suffer. In fact, Jesus said that we would suffer but that we would not sorrow as those without hope.
13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have diedso you will not grieve...
Dec3TueDecember 3, 2019 by Debbie Laginskie
In a relationship joy is two-sided. I have joy and God has joy with me and over my return to Him and to His ways. We share in that joy together. What a wonderful picture. We even read of the joy of all of those in heaven rejoicing (having joy) when one sinner repents. This does not just refer to a one time or first time prayer to be forgiven and...
Dec2MonDecember 2, 2019 by Debbie Laginskie
Introduction to Week 2:
There is a strange preparation for joy: repentance. Joy comes out of repentance. The prophets of old constantly called God’s people to repentance. John the Baptist called the nation of Israel to prepare the way of the Lord by repenting of their sins.
Repentance is an ancient word, a word that means a lot more than...
Nov29FriNovember 29, 2019 by Debbie Laginskie
Light your candle of hope.
Read the following scriptures out loud :
1 John 3:1-3
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and...
Nov28ThuNovember 28, 2019
Light your candle of hope
Read the following scriptures out loud : Matthew 24:36-44
36 “ But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the...
Nov28ThuNovember 28, 2019 by Debbie Laginskie
Light your candle of hope.
Read the following scriptures out loud, accompanied by this painting by William Blake:
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took...