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Blog Archives: January 2016 — December 2016

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December
2016

Day 24 - The Manger

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is the manger. The Christ child is born! response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Luke 2:1-20 Our waiting is over! Mary and Joseph have traveled to Bethlehem, and Mary’s child has been born. The king of the universe, the One who was there when the stars were hung, is wrapped in a cloth and lying in a manger. Nearby, under the open sky, some shepherds are watching their sheep. But creation itself can’t hold back the news: the glory of the Lord ...
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December
2016

Day 23 - A Carpenter's Tools

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol shows a carpenter’s tools. Mary was betrothed to Joseph, who was a carpenter. Joseph became Jesus’ earthly father, and he loved and protected him as he grew. Joseph listened to God’s words, and he was not afraid. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Matthew 1:18-25 The angel who came to Joseph in a dream said the same thing that Mary had heard: “Do not fear.” Joseph and Mary weren’t even married yet, and Joseph was going to get a son! And not ...
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December
2016

Day 22 - A Heart

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is a heart. Mary opened her heart and her life to God’s words, and she became Jesus’ loving mother. Because of Mary’s loving and faithful heart, God’s love came into the world as her son. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Luke 1:26-38 Have you ever noticed what angels often say to people in the Bible? Over and over again, when God’s messengers from heaven greet people, they say, “Do not be afraid!” God has many messages for people, but ...
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December
2016

Day 21 - The Angel

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is the angel who appeared to Zechariah. The angel told Zechariah that although he and his wife Elizabeth were old, they would have a child. This child would help God’s people get ready for the coming king. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Luke 1:5-17 (or Luke 1:5-23 and 1:76-80*) Many, many years had passed since the time of the prophets. The people of Israel were waiting, but it had been so long since they had heard from God. Long ago, ...
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December
2016

Day 20 - The Great Fish

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is the great fish. God sent the prophet Jonah to Nineveh, but Jonah tried to run away. God was with Jonah in the storm, and in the fish, and finally when Jonah went to Nineveh. Jonah could not run away from God. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Jonah 3:1-5 (or Jonah 1 and Jonah 3:1-5*) Jonah was a prophet, and God gave him a message to take to the people of Nineveh: stop doing wicked things! Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh, and he ...
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December
2016

Day 19 - The Lion

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is the lion. Daniel honored God, even though it could cost him his life. He was put into a pit with lions for praying to God, and God delivered him. Through Daniel, God showed his power to the king. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Daniel 6:19-23 (or Daniel 6:1-23*) Like Esther, Daniel lived in a country far from home, among people who did not know God. He was wise and faithful, and he served the king of that country well. But when the ...
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2016

Day 18 - Esther's Crown

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is Esther’s crown. Queen Esther bravely protected God’s people when they were living far away in another land. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Esther 4:11-17 Esther was a beautiful young woman who was chosen by the king of Persia to be his bride. She was also a Jew. Esther and many of God’s people lived in Persia, long ago. Her uncle Mordecai discovered that a wicked man was plotting to have all of God’s people in Persia killed, and he ...
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December
2016

Day 17 - Isaiah's Scroll

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is Isaiah’s scroll. Isaiah was a prophet who heard God’s promises and wrote them down. God promised that his people will walk in light and joy, because he is going to send them a child. This child will grow, and will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His kingdom will last forever, and make everything that is broken in our world right again. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Isaiah 9:1-7 Many ...
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December
2016

Day 16 - Fire

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is fire. When Israel turned away from God and worshipped other gods, Elijah the prophet called them back. God sent fire down on Elijah’s sacrifce, to show Israel that he heard Elijah’s prayers and wanted to hear their prayers too. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : 1 Kings 18:36-39 (or 1 Kings 18:17-39*) Many years, after King David had died, new kings came to power in Israel. Some of these kings stopped worshiping God, and turned to other ...
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December
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Day 15 - A Lyre

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is a lyre, which is a kind of harp. King David played songs of praise to God on the lyre. David was Israel’s greatest king, and he showed the people how to love and trust God. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Do you remember Samuel, who listened to God? And do you remember David, who trusted God to protect Israel? Because Samuel listened carefully to God, he knew that David was the one God had chosen to be king. It’s good ...
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December
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Day 14 - The Sling

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is the sling. When everyone else in Israel was afraid, David trusted God to deliver him. David grew to be a king who showed Israel how to love and trust the Lord. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : 1 Samuel 17:3-11, 32-50 All of Israel’s army was trembling before the mighty Philistine warrior, Goliath. Every day, Goliath came out of his tent and shouted taunts at the Israelite army: “Send a champion to ght me! Are you all too afraid?” In ...
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December
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Day 13 - Samuel's Oil

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is Samuel’s oil. Samuel poured oil on David’s head to show that he was set apart to be the king of God’s people. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Samuel was a very special boy. His mother, Hannah, had waited and prayed for his birth, and when he was born she promised to give him to God. When he was three years old, he went to live with Eli the priest, to serve God by helping keep the temple. And even though he lived in a ...
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December
2016

Day 12 - A Head of Grain

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: The symbol today is a head of grain. Ruth gathered grain in Boaz’s elds, and he was kind to her. God brought Ruth into his family, and she became the great- grandmother of Israel’s greatest king. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Ruth 1:15-2:3 (or Ruth 1:15-2:3 and 3:14-17*) Naomi was a woman from Israel, but she married a man from another country called Moab. Naomi had two sons, and they both married women from Moab, too. When Naomi was old, her husband ...
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Day 11 - The Shofar

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is the shofar, a special kind of musical horn. God brought the people into the Promised Land, and fought for them when they blew the shofar outside Jericho. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Joshua 6:1-5 and 6:10-17 God brought the people of Israel out of Egypt and through the wilderness. They were ready to enter the Promised Land! They camped by the Jordan River and got ready to cross it. But on the other side was the city of Jericho, with ...
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December
2016

Day 10 - The Two Tablets of the Law

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is the two tablets of the Law. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai, and Moses gave them to the people. The Ten Commandments teach us how to love God and how to love one another. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Deuteronomy 5:6-22 (or Deuteronomy 5:1-22*) With God’s help, Moses brought the people of Israel safely out of slavery in Egypt. But every time you go out from someplace, you go into someplace else. When Moses led the ...
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December
2016

Day 9 - The Burming Bush

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is the burning bush. God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and promised to save his people. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Exodus 3:1-15 (or Exodus 1:8-14 and 2:1-10*) Many years after Joseph lived, a new Pharaoh came to power in Egypt. He did not remember Joseph, and was afraid of Joseph’s descendants. He forced God’s people to be his slaves. But God did not forget his people. God spoke to Moses out of a burning bush, and told him ...
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December
2016

Day 8 - Joseph's Colored Coat

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is Joseph’s colored coat. God was with Joseph. Even though his brothers tried to hurt him, God used Joseph to save his family. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Genesis 37:1-4, 23-34; and Genesis 50:15-21 Joseph had an exciting, adventurous, sometimes scary and sad life. His father loved him so much that he gave him a beautiful, special coat. This coat was too nice to wear at work in the elds, so he could relax in it while his brothers ...
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December
2016

Day 7 - Jacob's Ladder

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol shows Jacob’s ladder. God came close to Jacob, even when Jacob ran away. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Genesis 28:10-16 (or Genesis 28:10-22) Jacob was Abraham’s grandson, but he wasn’t someone you might pick out as a hero. He was younger than his twin brother Esau by just a few seconds. But older brothers—even if they were older by ve seconds—got their father’s blessing back then, and the best part of all of their family’s things. So ...
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Day 6 - A Ram

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is a ram. Abraham obeyed God, and God was faithful to Abraham. He gave Abraham a ram to sacri ce instead of Isaac. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Genesis 22:1-14 Isaac had a very special name: it meant “Son of Laughter.” Abraham and Sarah gave him that name because they laughed with joy when he was born. God had kept his promise! After Isaac was born, Abraham continued to trust God. Even when God asked him to do something that seemed ...
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December
2016

Day 5 - A Sky Full of Stars

call: The Lord be with you. response: And also with you. call: Today’s symbol is a sky full of stars. God promised to give Abraham a family larger than the number of the stars. response: Thanks be to God! Scripture reading : Genesis 12:1-7, 15:1-7 God made some very big promises to Abram: he would become the father of a great family, with more descendants than he could count. He and his family would have God’s blessing, and they would be a blessing to all the other families on earth. Even though Abram and his wife Sarai were old, ...

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