Christmas Story in Chronological Scripture Order

I tutor students. We start each day with Bible reading. Starting the first school day after Thanksgiving, we daily read the whole Christmas story in chronological order in the Scripture. We start with the announcement to Zacharias (also called Zachariah) and Elizabeth concerning the birth of John, who later became John the Baptist. We stop after we have read to Joseph and Mary’s return from Egypt and going to Nazareth. I have the list below.

Each time I have done this or read the scripture or heard the story, I find that there are details I have forgotten or missed.

For one thing, John would have been two years old, also, when Herod sent out the soldiers to kill all the baby boys two years old and younger, not just in Bethlehem, but in all the surrounding country side. Zacharias and Elizabeth, too, would have had to escape from Herod’s soldiers or hide John. While we do not know from the Bible, we can logically assume it had to be the same for John. He was only six months older than Jesus.

Another thing where many people make a mistake (as I have in the past), is that the wise men did not come to see the baby Jesus in the stable. He was a toddler and they were living in a house. (Matthew 2:11)

Jesus was about two years old when Joseph and Mary had to flee to Egypt. He had to be about two years old for Herod to make the decision to have all the baby boys two years old and younger killed. (Matthew 2:10)

When reading the full story of the birth of Christ, it is necessary to read both in Matthew and Luke. Reading it in chronological order really gives a wonderful perspective.

  •  Luke 1:5-80
  • Matthew 1:18-24
  • Luke 2:1-7
  • Matthew 1:25
  • Luke 2:8-38
  • Matthew 2:1-23
  • Luke 2:39-40

 

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We Can Serve God With Our Prayers

Because of a rare disease, I am unable to go to church. I am very thankful to the Lord for the internet and that my church is on the internet. So I can watch a whole service as though I am there. Click here to see it. This disease also limits my serving God.

I have been reading Our Daily Bread devotionals for more than forty years. I truly appreciate what I have learned over the years. Today’s devotional reading (December 11, 2016) really touched me. Even when you are limited, you can always serve God with your prayers. That is the title of the devotion. You can read it here. It has the title of “Serving God with Our Prayers.” I cannot say it any better.

Thank you Lord for all you have done for me! I can never praise you enough for all the ways you have guided me through these years. Lord, these last few years have not been easy, but knowing you are there beside me and guiding me in all the things that you do, makes it all so much easier. I cannot forget what you have done and pray I will never forget them! Today I pray that anyone who reads this post will go and read the devotional and see how they can serve you in prayer. You have been emphasizing this to me this weekend, I pray I may be better than I have been. Thank you Lord for your forgiveness and most of all you love! Amen.

I hope to be able to post more frequently than I have done in the past. To those of you who are reading this now, the Lord bless you and keep you safe by night and day and may someday in the Lord’s kingdom we meet face to face!

Not by Works Ephesians 2:8-9

We are sinners saved by grace, a gift of God. We are not rescued from our sins and saved for heaven by what we do.

Here is a link with one of the best explanations of grace I have heard.  http://www.rejoicetv.org/RTVMessages.aspx

If the link does not work, go to http://www.rejoicetv.org, click on the button on the left side, View and Listen to Messages Online, which takes you to Rejoice TV Messages. Then scroll to the listing of messages and depending upon when you do this, scroll to the message for January 3, 2016, titled “Great Grace in Galatians.”

 

A Few Thoughts on the Birth of Our Savior

With all the commercialism around us, our thoughts should be focused on the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ! I have heard and read so many thoughts that are soul-stirring to me. I hope they are to you.

The glory of the story is that he came at all. –song heard on the radio

And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. –Luke 1:19

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.* (*Hebrew spelling) –Isaiah 7:14

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,* which being interpreted is, God with us. (*Greek spelling) –Matthew 1:23

God made His home with us so that we might make our home with Him. –Our Daily Bread

The birth of Christ brought God to man; the cross of Christ brings man to God. –Our Daily Bread

I and my Father are one. –John 10:30

And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. –John 10:16

The essential fact of Christianity is that God thought all humanity worth the sacrifice of His Son. –William Barclay in Our Daily Bread

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. –Romans 10:9

God’s gift to a dying world is the life-giving Savior. –Our Daily Bread

Can you imagine what it was like in heaven when God separated part of Himself and sent His Son to earth, can you imagine the depth of love God, I AM, had for His creation, humankind? It is beyond my total comprehension.

May you know the peace of Christmas every day of the year. –Our Daily Bread

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Praise the Lord, O My Soul

Praise is very important in our daily lives. Psalms 107 through 150 are full of praise to our Lord.

Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Psalm 146 :1-2 These verses tell us how long we should praise the Lord, our whole lives.

Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Psalm 148:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Psalm 149:1 These verses tell us some of the places we should praise the Lord.

Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent, his glory is above the earth and heaven. Psalm 148:13 Tells us why we should praise Him, because He is excellent.

Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. Psalm 147:1 Comely is an adjective with an old-fashioned synonym that I feel applies well to this verse: beautiful. Praise is pleasant and beautiful.

Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 150 This whole psalm tells us who should praise, how we should praise, and where we should praise Him.

Do a study in the Bible on praise and you will find much more said about praising the Lord.

Let’s Roll!

I recently finished this excellent book. I highly recommend it! It is a biography about Todd Beamer, one of the heroes of  9/11, written by his wife, Lisa. It will greatly encourage you to press on in your daily walk with Jesus, no matter what!

Let’s Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage by Lisa Beamer and Ken Abraham.

 

Be Faithful To Do What You Know To Do

When you read these verses, you can understand more about the mysterious ways of our LORD. Read these verses several times and meditate on them. The LORD is saying His ways are not our ways. His ways are past finding out. Our task is to be faithful to what we know to do.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. -Isaiah 55:8

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “FOR WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD? OR WHO HAS BECOME HIS COUNSELOR? OR WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM AND IT SHALL BE REPAID TO HIM?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. -Romans 11:33-36

Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, Or as His counselor has taught Him? -Isaiah 40:13

For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, And has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it? -Jeremiah 23:18

Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine. -Job 41:11