Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 29, 2016


Matt 2:15 And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Matthew emphasized the fulfillment of prophecy more than any other New Testament writer, making it clear that he was … Continue reading

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December 28, 2016


Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Confirmation can be wonderful indeed. We indeed walk by faith and not by sight, (2 Corinthians 5:7) but occasional visual confirmation is very comforting. Particularly before GPS, spotting a landmark … Continue reading

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December 27, 2016


Luke 2:39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. This seems like almost a throw-away line to advance the narrative, and actually it … Continue reading

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December 26, 2016


Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. Simeon was one of the last people to experience … Continue reading

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December 25, 2016


Luke 2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Every part of the Christmas story is very familiar, and this verse too has … Continue reading

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December 24, 2016


Luke 2:3 And everyone went to his own town to register. It has been interesting to me that this is something that Japanese understand much more easily than Americans. Japan has had a system of registration for hundreds of years, … Continue reading

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December 23, 2016


Matthew 1:21 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” What’s in a name? In current American culture, not a whole lot. Back … Continue reading

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