Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014 … The Essence of Christmas

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 353

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in video of the poignant Christmas song, sung by Josh Groban, What Child Is This, … reminding us that our Lord as a babe, very human, yet the Divine Savior of all mankind

Highlight Passage #1 1st Timothy 1: 14 [NKJV] … Paul’s admission of his need for a Savior, a Redeemer, and a Sanctifier …
  14 And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 
Highlight Context - 1st Timothy 1: 12-17 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …   At the heart of Christmas - God’s grace when we need Him as our Savior

Reference Passage #1 - Acts 9: 1-16 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …  … Paul’s testimony of deliverance by God’s grace

Reference Passage #2 - John 3: 16 [NKJV] … You know this one.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by David McCasland, uses the illustration of Charles Dicken’s character, Ebenezer Scrooge, in the play A Christmas Carol, making reference to Scrooge’s conversion as a sign that the heart of Christmas had become part of Scrooge, changing him completely during the Advent season.

 And there was another biblical character whom God, a real person this time, who was converted from selfishness to The Savior; and that was rabid Christian-hater, Saul of Tarsus, who became the Apostle Paul. And Paul had a powerful testimony of deliverance and redemption which he often used to declare the power of Christ through the Gospel to save the lost. And the ODB author for today, David McCasland, believes this point is the heart of the Advent Season (see 1st Timothy 1: 15 above) … that Jesus, The Christ, came into this world as a human, … yet Divine, to save the lost, of whom Paul felt he had been the chief sinner.

 In this Advent season, let us all remember how Jesus saved you and me; and let us be willing to share that testimony of deliverance with others.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, … Show me whom You desire I share my witness during this season. Amen

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