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Holy Scripture Reading, Matthew 2: 4-6. NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

“‘When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: ‘“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”’

Matthew 2:4-6 NIVUK


Happy Hanukkah, and The Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights begins tonight!

Holy Scripture Reading, Isaiah 9: 6, NIVUK.

Isaiah 9:6 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

6 “For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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Holy Scripture Reading, Galatians 4: 4-5, NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”

Galatians 4:4-5 NIVUK

Words from C.S. Lewis…

11 Dec.

Today’s Reading

In the earliest days of Christianity an ‘apostle’ was first and foremost a man who claimed to be an eyewitness of the Resurrection. Only a few days after the Crucifixion when two candidates were nominated for the vacancy created by the treachery of Judas, their qualification was that they had known Jesus personally both before and after His death and could offer first-hand evidence of the Resurrection in addressing the outer world (Acts 1:22). A few days later St Peter, preaching the first Christian sermon, makes the same claim—‘God raised Jesus, of which we all (we Christians) are witnesses’ (Acts 2:32). In the first Letter to the Corinthians, St Paul bases his claim to apostleship on the same ground—‘Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen the Lord Jesus?’ (1:9).

As this qualification suggests, to preach Christianity meant primarily to preach the Resurrection. . . The Resurrection is the central theme in every Christian sermon reported in the Acts. The Resurrection, and its consequences, were the ‘gospel’ or good news which the Christians brought: what we call the ‘gospels’, the narratives of Our Lord’s life and death, were composed later for the benefit of those who had already accepted the gospel. They were in no sense the basis of Christianity: they were written for those already converted. The miracle of the Resurrection, and the theology of that miracle, comes first: the biography comes later as a comment on it. . . The first fact in the history of Christendom is a number of people who say they have seen the Resurrection. If they had died without making anyone else believe this ‘gospel’ no gospels would ever have been written.

From Miracles
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Miracles: A Preliminary Study. Copyright 1947 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1947 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Revised 1960, restored 1996 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Holy Scripture Reading, John 1: 9-10, NASB.

Monday, December 11, 2017
NASB Verse of the Day

Verse of the Day

December 11

John 1:9-10

9 “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.”
*All men and humanity will be without excuse before both Advents of Jesus Christ!

Holy Scripture Reading, Isaiah 7: 14, NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

*The Incarnate Christ, “Immanuel”!  Btw, Mary’s conception of Jesus was a miracle: The Virgin Birth!  Myself, I believe Mary had only One Son, some traditions say Joseph was a much older man than Mary when they were betrothed? Btw betrothal partners were referred to as husband and wife, Matthew 1: 20. I tend to agree myself with the Eastern tradition that Joseph was much older than Mary, and that they were perhaps within the same family clan? It appears Mary kept her virginity as a gift and vow to God… ‘Ever Virgin!’ And again Joseph being a older man.

Isaiah 7:14 NIVUK