God With Us: Day 21

Devotional Passage: Matthew 2:3-6 Life throws the proverbial “curve balls” at us, right? Stuff we don’t expect. Things we can’t predict. It’s the same for everyone. Often what makes us unique is how we respond to the unexpected. When an opportunity presents itself, the difference is whether you respond by seizing it or letting itContinue reading “God With Us: Day 21”

God With Us: Day 20

Devotional Passage: Matthew 2:1-2 Read Matthew 2:1-2. These guys lived in a very different culture than the one we find ourselves in. But despite this fact, we can learn a lot from their example. Especially as we consider the information-rich society we currently live in, where “facts” and “faith” are so often pitted against oneContinue reading “God With Us: Day 20”

God With Us: Day 19

Devotional Passage: Luke 2:6-7, Revelation 19:11-16 As we near the last week before Christmas, let’s connect the Christmas narrative with a description of Jesus we see somewhere else in the Bible. Let’s look forward in time from the manger and the shepherds and Bethlehem. WAY forward in time. Let’s look to the end of theContinue reading “God With Us: Day 19”

God With Us: Day 18

Devotional Passage: Luke 2:15-20 Let’s focus on the shepherds one more day. They have a lot to teach us about being a Christ-follower. Yesterday we looked at God’s birth announcement to the shepherds. Today, let’s focus on their response. Read Luke 2:15-20. The shepherds saw something they weren’t expecting. They had an encounter with God’sContinue reading “God With Us: Day 18”

God With Us: Day 17

Devotional Passage: Luke 2:8-14 Who are the popular kids in your school? Who are troublemakers? Who are the jocks? Who are the nerds? The problem with these questions isn’t necessarily that it’s a terrible way to label people. No, the biggest problem is that you could answer them. This doesn’t necessarily say anything negative aboutContinue reading “God With Us: Day 17”

God With Us: Day 16

Devotional Passage: Galatians 4:3-5 Ask your parents or grandparents sometimes about what it was like to redeem glass soda bottles when they were younger. You see, when your parents and grandparents were kids, soft drinks were still sold in glass bottles. When you finished a drink, you could bring the bottle back, and you’d redeemContinue reading “God With Us: Day 16”