Daily Devotion


22
Sep 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 3:7-8 7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor;’ for I tell you, God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Luke very carefully tells us that crowds (plural, ὄχλοις) kept coming out to be baptized by him. John preached to them, and a few......

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21
Sep 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 3:4-6 4 As it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. 5 Every valley shall be filled in, and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places made smooth. 6 And all flesh shall see God’s salvation.’” John the Baptist understood that the first part of Isaiah 40 was about him, personally.......

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20
Sep 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 3:3 part 2 3 … a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The word “baptize.” “Baptize” means to wash or to apply water. We have no reason or right to use anything else in place of water. We also remember that water is the most abundant substance on earth. If Jesus had commanded us to baptize with sand or dirt or garbage, there would still be people who would complain that there isn’t enough of them and that we need to substitute something else. Water......

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19
Sep 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 3:3 part 1 3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As we approach this verse, the question most on our minds must be: Was John’s baptism the same as our Christian baptism? If this is true, how does the Bible prove it? If not, in what way does the Bible prove it was different? Christians only receive the baptism instituted by Christ (Matthew 28:19), and any other washings or ceremonies that are called baptisms......

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18
Sep 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 3:1-2 John the Baptist Prepares the Way 3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea. Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip was tetrarch of the regions of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene. 2 At this time, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. Luke wanted his friend Theophilus to know this date, and so he used the clearest......

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16
Sep 2017

GOD’S WISDOM FOR YOU PSALM 79:2-4 2 They have left the corpses of your servants as food for the birds of the sky. They have given the flesh of your favored ones to the wild animals. 3 They have poured out their blood like water all over Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury them. 4 We are subjected to contempt by our neighbors, To mockery and ridicule by those around us. Asaph’s prophetic words point to a time when God’s people—all who believe in him—will be persecuted, and many of......

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15
Sep 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 2:50-52 50 But they did not understand what he was telling them. 51 Then he went down with them to Nazareth and was obedient to them. But his mother committed all these things to memory. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people. What a contrast between Jesus’ family and the other people! The crowd was amazed by him, but his own family “did not understand what he was telling them.” It is yet another reason Mary needed a......

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14
Sep 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 2:49 All of the words of Jesus Christ demand our special attention and devotion. They are the words of life; they are truth itself. A special group of sayings of Jesus is the collection of the very first words chosen by the Holy Spirit to be recorded as our introduction to the Savior’s voice in each of the four Gospels. The first words of Christ recorded by Matthew are his assurance to John: “Let it be so now,” (that is, for John to baptize Jesus) “it is......

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13
Sep 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 2:47-48 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Amazed” in Greek is existemi (ἐξίστημι). “Astonished” is ekplesso (ἐκπλήσσω). Our expression for his parents’ astonished state would be that they were “out of their minds” with worry and confusion. Everybody else, however, was blown away and amazed by his questions......

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12
Sep 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 2:45-46 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Where is he? Where is he? What parents in a grocery store haven’t had the same panicked question, making the same sinking, hopeful but desperate search? Imagine it going on for days. Perhaps the three days included the travel time (one day out, one day back, and one......

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