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An Answering God – Psalm 20 January 25th

Do you believe God hears you when you call? Some people seem to have “selective hearing.” For example, children may pretend not to hear their mom or dad when they think they are going to be disciplined or when they think they are going to have to do something they do not want to do. […]

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An Awesome God – Psalm 18 January 23rd

Have you told God that you love Him? A man walked into a florist shop and said, “I need something to give to my wife for Valentines Day.” The florist, trying to be helpful, asked, “Would you like flowers, balloons, or a stuffed animal? We have a lot of choices.” He said, “Oh, I don’t […]

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A Listening God – Psalm 17 January 22nd

What if you think no one is listening to you? A patient with a very common illness told the hospital chaplain, “If I just had a doctor who knew what to do about my problem, everything would be fine.” Her husband said, “She has a good doctor, but he needs someone to give him some […]

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A Preserving God – Psalm 16 January 21st

Where do you seek for help? A church was meeting in a tent while they were rebuilding after a fire. One Sunday morning all of the younger children were on the platform singing. A thunderstorm came up suddenly. It began raining and the wind suddenly lifted the front part of the tent up and collapsed […]

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A Righteous God – Psalm 15 January 20th

What qualifies you to enter God’s presence? In Japan, many people have idols in their houses. A missionary once asked a woman, “Why do you have these things in your house? Why do you place gifts of rice, fruit, or other things before them?” She replied that it was to avoid making the gods angry […]

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A Longsuffering God – Psalm 14 January 19th

Do you see potential or a problem? Do you have someone in your family who is mentally or physically handicapped? How do you treat them? Do you treat them differently than you do those who are not handicapped? Some children are born with birth defects that prevent them from maturing physically; others will never mature […]

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A Bountiful God – Psalm 13 January 18th

Is life always fair? A family with nine children had an interesting way of trying to keep things fair. If something (such as a piece of cake) was to be divided, one would cut the pieces and another one got first choice of the pieces. This helped avoid some arguments. Have you ever felt that […]

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A Friend of Friends – Psalm 12 January 17th

Going down for the last time? What did it feel like to be in a situation that was desperate and you thought you were going to die? The situation may have been physical, emotional, or spiritual. How do you describe your gratefulness for someone who came alongside and helped you out of the situation? If […]

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A Trustworthy God – Psalm 11 January 16th

Is your confidence increasing every day? You may have never met me, but do you trust me? Do you trust me enough to allow me to blindfold you and then follow my directions, even if you can’t see where you are going? The commands may be easy or they may be difficult. They may lead […]

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A Forgiving God – Psalm 10 January 15th

Is God always close to you? During halftime at a college basketball game, a man was given the chance to win $10,000 by making a basket from center court. He tried to prepare himself mentally, got set, and threw the ball toward the goal. The ball swished through the net, and the spectators went wild […]

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A Praiseworthy God – Psalm 8 January 14th

Would you rather be criticized or praised? Is it easier for you to criticize others or to praise them? Evaluate yourself! Which do you do most often? Have you been guilty of criticizing God? Do you praise Him often? These questions are not pleasant to answer, but they are important. There are some important lessons […]

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A Righteous God – Psalm 7 January 12th

Can you trust his judgments? Have you ever been involved in what might be called a “miscarriage of justice”? Were you accused of doing something you did not do? Or, has someone else received the blame for what you did? These were unrighteous judgments. Once I was on a jury where we heard the case […]

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A Merciful God – Psalm 6 January 11th

How do you overcome impatience? Do you sometimes become impatient because God does not answer your prayers as soon as you pray or the way you pray? A man diagnosed with cancer had to make some medical decisions. He and his wife evaluated a lot of information and decided to proceed with radiation therapy. Before […]

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A God for Every Day – Psalm 5 January 10th

Do you wake up with eagerness or dread? As a man woke up, his first thoughts were, “This is the day I go back to the doctor and get the results of my tests. Will he tell me it is cancer? If it is cancer, what will I do? How long will I have to […]

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A Prayer-Answering God – Psalm 4 January 9th

To whom do you pray? When you were small, did you learn to pray the common child’s prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take”? Did you know what you were praying? […]

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A God in Time of Trouble – Psalm 3 January 8th

More troubles than you think you can bear? Have you ever had trouble that you thought was more than you could bear? Did other troubles seem to increase while you were trying to resolve that one? Do you ever wonder why so many troubles seem to happen at the same time? Did you answer, “Yes” […]

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A God of All People – Psalm 2 January 7th

How does a “teacher’s pet” feel? Were you ever a “teacher’s pet”? Have you ever been in a situation where you received special attention from the person in charge? Did it make you feel good to get special attention from the person in charge? How did you feel when they started to give the special […]

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A Delightful God – Psalm 1:2 January 6th

Where is your delight? God created you and me to enjoy a happy life. He intended for us to continually experience happiness through an intimate relationship with Him. “Happy is that people, whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 144:15). He has done His part, and now He wants us to do our part. A simple […]

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The Way to be Happiest – Psalm 1:2 January 5th

Are you still wondering how to be happy? The local Christian bookstore has a book describing 101 ways for a husband to make his wife happy. Do we need a similar book to help us to be happy? God has already given us instructions for our happiness. The final conclusion is given in Psalm 1:2. […]

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Happiness is an Attitude – Psalm 1:1 January 4th

Do you think you will ever be really happy? Don’t give up! You may be tempted to have a “pity party,” feel sorry for yourself, and begin thinking that everyone is happy except you. This is not true. Many people give the appearance of being happy but are miserable in their hearts. Some of the […]

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Happiness Is a Choice – Psalm 1:1 January 3rd

Why is it so difficult to be happy? If you are not happy, whose fault is it? Is it God’s? Of course not! The real cause for unhappiness is that we often make wrong choices. It is not possible to just “choose to be happy.” However, it is possible to make choices that result in […]

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Happiness Is . . . – Psalm 1:1 January 2nd

Is it possible to always be happy? Are you happy, but not as happy as you want to be? Are you “just a little bit discouraged?” How can we be happy while we are surrounded by all kinds of discouragements and unhappy people? God created us to enjoy a happy life, and He will not […]

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A God for a Happy New Year! – Psalm 1 January 1st

Are you confident this year will be a happy one? When you look back at the end of this year, will you be able to say, “It really has been a happy year”? Some people will not have a happy year. Can you and I do anything that will make this a happy year? God […]

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Getting Ready – Revelation 22:6–20 December 31st

How sure are you that you are ready? There is still plenty of time to do your Christmas shopping for next year. If time continues as it always has, there are over 350 days until next Christmas, so you have plenty of time. However, God does not use the same calendar that people use. He […]

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Worthy – Revelation 5:1–12 December 30th

Who is worthy before God? Are you? Why? There are three outstanding descriptions of the Lord Jesus Christ as He relates to the world. The first one was the “manger scene” when the shepherds came to worship Him soon after His birth. What a joy it must have been to be there! The second description […]

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God’s Purpose in Revealing the Lord – Revelation 1:4-7 December 29th

How has Jesus Christ changed your life? God has never revealed anything just to increase your knowledge or understanding of Him. When He reveals Himself, He does it so that you can experience Him. For example, when Jesus’ birth was revealed to the shepherds, they gained some knowledge about His birth, so they went to […]

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Revelation 1:1–3 December 28th

What has God revealed about Jesus to you? There were many prophecies about Jesus throughout the Old Testament. However, these prophecies began to become reality in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. All over the world people have just celebrated Christmas, even though many of them did not understand the real meaning of Christmas. The origin […]

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ABCs of Christmas (Z) – Titus 2:13, 14 December 27th

How zealous are you for the Lord? The “Z” of Christmas is Zealous. This concludes the ABCs of Christmas, and obviously this also relates to the Lord Jesus Christ. Zealous means to be enthusiastic, passionate, fervent, and eager. In the Old Testament, Elijah was lonely and having a “pity party.” He said, “I have been […]

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ABCs of Christmas (Y) – Matthew 11:28–30 December 26th

What do you really yearn to experience? The “Y” of Christmas is a combination of Yearn and Yoke. Some people did not receive the Christmas gifts that they really yearned to have. Did you? Someone has said, “Be careful what you ask for in prayer, because God may give it to you.” As this Christmas […]

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ABCs of Christmas (X) – Philippians 2:9–11 December 25th

How are you eXalting God this Christmas? The “X” of Christmas could be eXtraordinary, or it could be eXalt. Nearly everything about the Christmas story describes something eXtraordinary that God did to convey His love for mankind. All of these events were intended to cause men and women to believe on and to eXalt the […]

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ABCs of Christmas (W) – Matthew 2:1–11 December 24th

Are you worshiping the Lord? How? The “W” of Christmas is Worship. Christmas without worship is not really Christmas at all. It is only a holiday. Worship is much more than merely attending a service. It must come from a heart of love for the Lord. When Jesus was born there were two different kinds […]

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ABCs of Christmas (V) – Matthew 1:23 December 23rd

Is your heart as pure as a virgin? The “V” of Christmas is Virgin. This word can be used in various ways. A virgin forest is one where the trees have never been cut. Virgin olive oil is the result of the first pressing of the olives. Morally it indicates that such a person has […]

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ABCs of Christmas (U) – Luke 2:10 December 22nd

Who are you including this Christmas? The “U” of Christmas is Universal. This word is not found in the Bible, but the meaning is found all through it. The angel that appeared to the shepherds said, “I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10). People in all […]

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ABCs of Christmas (T) – Genesis 2:9 December 21st

What kind of Christmas tree do you have? The “T” of Christmas could be Tree. Christmas just would not seem complete without some kind of Christmas tree. Travel around the world during the Christmas season, and you will find Christmas trees in many sizes and shapes. They will be decorated in many different ways. In […]

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ABCs of Christmas (S) – John 1:14 December 20th

Are you sure that Jesus is your Savior? The “S” of Christmas is Savior. It could not be any other word, because that is what Christmas is all about. It was the time when “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten […]

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ABCs of Christmas (R) – Philippians 4:4 December 19th

How often do you rejoice? Why? The “R” of Christmas is Rejoice, which means to express or show joy. There are not many details about the Wise Men that went in search of the newborn King. They told King Herod, “We have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matthew […]

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ABCs of Christmas (Q) – Revelation 3:11 December 18th

What question is God asking you? The “Q” of Christmas could be Quickly, or it could be Question; both are related to Christmas. The birth of Jesus occurred when very few people were expecting it, but it all happened quickly. “Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God” (Luke […]

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ABCs of Christmas (P) – Luke 2:14 December 17th

What kind of peace do you have? The “P” of Christmas is Peace. More Christmas cards seem to have the word “peace” on them than any other word. It may be because this is something that nearly all people desire, but worldwide peace seems impossible to achieve. Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, prophesied […]

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ABCs of Christmas (O) – Philippians 2:8 December 16th

How are you being obedient to God’s will for you? The “O” of Christmas is Obedient. There would not be a Christmas story if several people had not been obedient. An angel appeared to Mary and told her that she was going to have a son. She did not understand how this could happen, but […]

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ABCs of Christmas (N) – Luke 2:10, 11 December 15th

What good news have you heard lately? The “N” of Christmas is News—actually it is Good News. It has been said that “No news is good news.” This may be true at some times, but more often it is not true. The time of waiting for news about something that has been expected for a […]

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ABCs of Christmas (M) – Matthew 5:4 December 14th

What causes you to mourn? The “M” of Christmas is Mourn. It is very common during this season of the year to hear people greeting each other with the words “Merry Christmas.” However, the Lord said, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). There is a part of the Christmas […]

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ABCs of Christmas (L) – John 3:16 December 13th

What is the most important gift in your life? The “L” of Christmas is Love. Christmas seems to revolve around love. It is a time for families and for worship. Both of these involve love. There is a lot more to the story of Christmas than just the manger scene. It begins with God. “For […]

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ABCs of Christmas (K) – Luke 2:19 December 12th

How patient are you? The “K” of Christmas is Keep. This word means to hold, guide, or preserve. This requires both patience and perseverance. You may have read a children’s book in which a child could not wait until Christmas. No matter how long it is until Christmas, they continue to ask, “How many days […]

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ABCs of Christmas (J) – Luke 2:10, 11 December 11th

Do you have joy? What is its source? The “J” of Christmas is Joy. No other word quite describes the emotional feelings of the Christmas season. Joy, like so many other things that God has given, can be distorted. Real joy is not the result of physical things, but it is a gift from God. […]

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ABCs of Christmas (I) – Luke 2:41–52 December 10th

What in your life is increasing the most? The “I” of Christmas is Increase. As you celebrate Christmas this year, remember this word. Ask yourself how God wants you to increase. It is very touching to think about Jesus being born in Bethlehem and the shepherds being told about it by the angels. It would […]

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ABCs of Christmas (H) – Romans 5:5 December 9th

What is your greatest hope? The “H” of Christmas is Hope. There is a great difference between “wish” and “hope.” When a persons wishes for something to happen he does not have a reason to believe that it will really happen. However, hope involves expectation, confidence, and trust. Genuine hope is based upon promises that […]

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ABCs of Christmas (G) – Matthew 10:8 December 8th

What are you giving this year? The “G” of Christmas is Giving. When thinking about Christmas, more people think about giving than they do any other tradition. This custom may have originated because of the Wise Men that traveled from the east to see Jesus. “And when they were come into the house, they saw […]

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ABCs of Christmas (F) – Matthew 16:24 December 7th

Where are you willing to follow Jesus? The “F” of Christmas is Follow. Dictionaries use words like cling, imitate, and pursue to define this word. Ask yourself how much you are willing to cling to, imitate, and pursue the Lord. Matthew 2:1–11 describes how some Wise Men from the east followed a star because they […]

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ABCs of Christmas (E) – Psalm 34:3 December 6th

How can you exalt the Lord? The “E” of Christmas is Exalt. This is an action that should be reserved for God. If you exalt a person they may become filled with pride. No matter how skilled a person is in any area, God is the one who should be praised. David wrote, “O magnify […]

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ABCs of Christmas (D) – Psalm 37:4 December 5th

What does it take to delight you? The “D” of Christmas is Delight. This is a delightful time of the year. There are many things to see, hear, taste, and experience that can result in delight. Two little boys under the age of six came out of a store with unbelievable smiles on their faces. […]

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