On November 29, 2015, the new church year begins with the Season of Advent. Advent beings on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It is a time of preparation, self-reflections, anticipation, and excitement. It is a time in which we can look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and look forward to His Second Coming.
Throughout the Old Testament, there are numerous prophecies which refer to the coming Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus Christ fulfilled these prophecies, as recorded in the New Testament. This Advent Season, we will post a prophecy every day, and the scripture in which Jesus fulfilled the prophecy. Each day, experience the anticipation of the coming Messiah, and the glory of the fulfillment!
Advent Devotional 2015 - Day 1
Prophecy: I will declare the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son; This day [I proclaim] I have begotten You. (Psalm 2:7, AMP)
Fulfillment: and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!” (Matthew 3:17, AMP)
The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of November 29 - December 5, 2015, is Psalm 141:3-4. This psalm, written by David, was written in a time of distress. David was being chased by evil and needed the help of the Lord to persevere.
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips [to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly].
Do not incline my heart to [consent to or tolerate] any evil thing, or to practice deeds of wickedness with men who plan and do evil; and let me not eat of their delicacies (be tempted by their gain). (Psalm 141:3-4, AMP)
This is a prayer that should constantly be on our lips! How often are we like David, being chased by evil? How often do we not even recognize that we are being chased? Television, movies, books, and media are rarely geared towards Christians. Instead, they often glorify that which is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon the verses for this week, consider the influences in your life. Does your guard need strengthened?
November 29, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for 1 John 4-5
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Context: John warns us of false spirits. Although scholars disagree on what exactly John meant by spirits, John’s larger theme of discerning the truth does not hinge on the definition. We are not to believe anyone, anything, or any spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. We must be alway vigilant! We are to love each other as God loves us. Think about how many times He has forgiven you, for each and every sin. How often do you hold a grudge after a person wrongs you once? We also show our love for God through our obedience towards Him. By loving Him, we also must love His Son, Jesus Christ, through whom we are granted eternal life.
For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6, ESV
Do you remember that feeling? That feeling you felt on Christmas morning? That feeling of excitement, anticipation, joy, happiness. That feeling of love. Would you like to give someone that feeling, the feeling of love, for Christmas this year? Someone whose life may not afford them that feeling every day, or even every year? The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries would like to give approximately 1,500 men and women on death row a chance to experience what most of us experience everyday. Love.
Christmas is a time for remembering the gift of Jesus Christ and celebrating His birth. Often the gift of Jesus Christ, given to us by our Father in Heaven, is celebrated through the giving of gifts to family members and loved ones. The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries’ family includes those on death row in this nation. We would like to send Christmas Cards to approximately 1,500 men and women on death row throughout the Southeast, Southwest, Mideast and Midwest United States. God gave us the Ultimate Gift - His Son - Jesus Christ. Jesus gave His temporal life as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sin. The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries wants to share the saving grace of God’s gift through a Christmas message, by way of Christmas card, to men and women on death row USA.
Join in sharing Christ’s love with a tax deductible gift of any size! (The Christmas cards and postage costs $1,800.00.) What is in it for you? While you may not be able to see them open the gift you have helped make happen, you will be able to take pride and comfort in knowing that you have helped give someone the gift of love, and knowledge of the Savior for Christmas this year! For those who are able to give a gift of $30.00 or more, we will be sending you a free copy of Lee Strobel’s book, “The Case for Christmas.” Prayerfully consider a gift to The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries Christmas card outreach.
Gifts may be made on line by clicking on the donate tab on the left and following the instructions, or by mail to The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, P. O. Box 25113, Washington D. C. 20027. Please make check payable to The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, Inc. with a notation Christmas Card Outreach in the Memo section of your check. To ensure that your gift will go towards the Christmas Card Outreach, we need to receive your tax deductible gift by December 10, 2015.
Thank you for joining us in sharing love and the story of Jesus Christ over this Christmas season.
Lee Strobel, a former self-proclaimed atheist, received a Master of Studies in Law from Yale Law School before becoming an award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, where he worked for 14 years. For years, Lee believed that God was nothing more than “wishful thinking, of ancient mythology, of primitive superstition.” His wife’s conversion to Christianity, and her subsequent character changes, prompted Lee to dig deeper and prove that Jesus was nothing more than a man. In the process to debunk the Biblical, Son of God Jesus Christ, Lee discovered salvation for himself, eventually accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1981. Since then, he has used his talents as a researcher and writer to pen numerous books delving into the truths, half-truths, and outright lies that many have come to associate with God, Jesus, and Christianity. Lee lives with his wife Leslie have been married for 40 years and are parents to two grown children, also authors.
Only through a relationship with Jesus Christ can anyone hope to separate themselves from the power of sin in this world. Through Him, all things are made new. For a complete listing of readings, please download our Bible Study.