Sunday, December 18, 2016
2016 12 18 Sunday
Note: Starting this week I will be visiting my brother in Connecticut, our son in California and our daughter in the Philippines until the end of January and will be off-line.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 (NKJV)
Father, please help us to be found with your life in us through your Holy Spirit - the life of Jesus.
But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us receive and accept all those who have found new faith through your Holy Spirit.
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)
Jesus, save your people from their sins. Be the conviction of your Holy Spirit, help us all recognize our need for your saving work in our lives.
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, Romans 1:1-2 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, separate us to the gospel of God which you have promised through your word.
Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, Romans 1:5 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring us to the obedience of faith and send us forth into our community and to the nations.
Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, "Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above." But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!" Then he said, "Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Isaiah 7:10-13 (NKJV)
LORD, have mercy on us when we weary you by refusing to do what you ask of us. Bring us to repentance.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (NKJV)
Emmanuel, come among us with your power.
Restore us, O God; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved! Psalm 80:3 (NKJV)
Restore us, O God of hosts; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved! Psalm 80:7 (NKJV)
A word received: Look to me for my light to shine forth in you this Christmas.