Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 355
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a video of the TV special performance of he precious Christmas song … The Drummer Boy, declaring the reality of what Jesus demands of all those who worship Him, at Christmas and every day, the spontaneous giving of a pure of heart (see Matt. 5:8) … and THEN ON TO THIS LINK where Brian Littrell sings … I Surrender All, expressing the heart of the true Christian, giving all to the Lord and King, Jesus.
Highlight Passage: Luke 21:4 [NKJV] …
4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
… The widow gave sacrificially
Highlight Context – Luke 21:1-4 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Giving sacrificially is our best worship
Reference Passage #1 - Matthew 5:3-8 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
... God blesses those who especially give from a pure heart
Reference Passage #2 - Philippians 2:3-5 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… The mind of Christ is a giving, sharing, … HUMBLE mind.
Reference Passage #3 - 2nd Corinthians 9:6-7 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Oh how God loves a cheerful giver.
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Bill Crowder, began his teaching today with reference to one of my favorite Christmas songs, The Drummer Boy, written in 1941. And having seen a magnificent contemporary performance of this Christmas classic at our church service this past Sunday, I was taken by the pertinent reminder of how we, as Christians, should be giving, … from joyful heart, not only to honor Jesus at Christmas, but 24/7, 365 days each year, surrendering our all to/for our Lord.
Really, I don’t need to add to the teaching beyond this ODB entry (use the link below to take it in). But PLEASE take the time to fully digest the two You Tube links above; and then meditate on God’s word concerning giving from a sacrificial, loving heart; and I know you’ll either be reinforced and encouraged by these thoughts or you will be convicted to give more sacrificially from a pure and joy-filled heart … as did the poor widow in Luke 2:1-4.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jesus!!! ... Everyday!!!
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … May I be willing to give my all as Brian Littrell sings today and everyday. … Amen
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