Jesus is the Son of God – December 24, 2017

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 1:1-4

Jesus is the Son of God


Daily Devotion – December 24, 2017

Devotion based on Romans 1:1-4

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Who is Jesus Christ? That’s a fair question to ask this time of year, isn’t it? After all, Christmas is the most popular holiday of the year. People from all over the world celebrate it, and, whether they recognize it or not, Jesus Christ is the very reason for and cause of the celebration! So who is this world-famous baby lying so meekly and mildly in the manger of Bethlehem? Who is Jesus Christ?

Depending on whom you ask, you might hear a few different answers to that question. “Jesus Christ was a great prophet, the greatest to ever live!” “Jesus Christ was a great pioneer, a visionary who started one of the most popular religions in the world!” “Jesus Christ was a great hero who gave up his life for a noble cause!”

But all those descriptions fall short, because none of them give Jesus Christ credit for who he truly is. The apostle Paul’s description of Jesus Christ, however, does not fall short. His description here in Romans chapter one is both true and beautiful. Jesus Christ is true man, “a descendant of David,” Paul says. But Paul also confesses the truth that Jesus Christ is the very “Son of God”. It was this Jesus, the one true God made flesh, who willingly gave up his life in order to pay for the sins of the world with his blood.

But how do we know this for certain? How do we know that this man who died on a cross just thirty-three years after his birth wasn’t just some great prophet, some great pioneer, some great hero who gave up his life for a noble cause? How do we know that this man was also the one true God whose death truly forgave all of our sins?

Paul’s answer is simple. We know because this man who died did not stay dead. Rather, he “was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead.”

So who is this world-famous baby lying so meekly and mildly in the manger of Bethlehem? Who is Jesus Christ? The complete answer does not lie in his manger, for his manger was only the beginning. The answer truly lies in his empty tomb. Jesus Christ is the one true God who willingly became true man and then lived, died, and rose to save us from our sins.

May this beautiful truth resound throughout your Christmas celebration this year!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, by your resurrection from death, you have proven yourself to be the one true God who has forgiven all our sins. As we celebrate your birth this Christmas season, may the beautiful truth of your resurrection remain in our hearts and minds as well. Amen.

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We Are Included in God’s Family – December 23, 2017

When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
Galatians 4:4-5

We Are Included in God’s Family


Daily Devotion – December 23, 2017

Devotion based on Galatians 4:4-5

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Christmas is a time for celebrating family. It is a time to gather together as parents and children, as siblings and cousins, as grandparents and grandkids—what a joy it is to be included in a family!

Such joy would be rather void and empty if it weren’t for another family relationship we celebrate at Christmas—a far more important family relationship—our relationship with God through faith in Christ.

The apostle Paul speaks of that family relationship in Galatians chapter four. He speaks of us receiving from God “the full rights of sons.” What a joy it is to be called God’s children! What a joy it is to be included in God’s family!

But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, our relationship with God used to be completely broken. As human beings, we were born “under [God’s] law.” In other words, everything that God, the Giver of the law, demands of all people in his laws and commandments, God expects us to obey, and obey perfectly. However, as sinful human beings, we have lived under God’s law imperfectly. We have broken God’s law repeatedly, and we continue to do so every time we sin. Because of such disobedience, we deserve to be outside of God’s family forever. We deserve to suffer the punishment of hell, separated from all of our heavenly Father’s blessings.

But it was never God’s desire that we should live outside of his family. And so, God determined to send us a Savior from sin. That Savior would be his very own Son. In pure grace, God molded and shaped the course of human history so that, at just the right time, “when the time had fully come,” he could send his Son into the world. Though his Son was true God in every sense of the word, he became a human being. Just like us, he was “born of a woman, born under law.”

Can we even fathom it? The one true God and Giver of the law willingly became a man and placed himself under the law, all so that he could be just like us! But there was one difference. Unlike us, God’s Son never sinned. He lived under his very own laws perfectly for his entire life.

And then, when he gave up his life on the cross of Calvary after a lifetime of perfect living, the Lord did something amazing. The one who lived perfectly washed all of our sins away in his blood and gave us his perfection in return. And now, when God looks at us, he no longer sees any sin. He sees only his own Son’s perfection. Because of it, our relationship with God has been fixed. We are part of his holy family. And we will be forever and ever.

Yes, Christmas is a time for celebrating family. What a joy it is, because of the saving work of God’s Son, to be included in God’s family!

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, you have brought us into your family through the saving work of your Son. This Christmas season give us the faith to receive that good news with joy. Amen.

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Overcome Evil with Good – December 22, 2017

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:17-21

Overcome Evil with Good


Daily Devotion – December 22, 2017

Devotion based on Romans 12:17-21

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A Christian friend shared this story from his life. He was driving across town and irritated another driver on the roadway. That driver accelerated past him, yelled some choice words, made an obscene gesture, and sped on by. Not long after, the Christian man saw that same car stopped on the shoulder with car trouble.

What would you have done if that sequence of events happened to you? Would you have laughed at the other driver’s misfortune? Would you have said a prayer or even stopped to help?

Throughout our lives, people are going to say and do evil things that will cause us pain and hardship. Our sinful hearts will want to avenge these wrongs. Our sinful hearts will think that the best way to overcome evil is with evil. God’s Word warns, “Do not be overcome by evil!”

God’s Word also encourages, “But overcome evil with good!” This is only possible through a good God who alone can deliver us from evil and who has overcome the evil of our sin. This is only possible through a just God who assures that he will avenge and repay. This is only possible with a God of peace whose forgiveness allows us to live at peace with him and whose peace enables us, as far as it depends on us, to live at peace with everyone.

So, what did the Christian driver do? He stopped behind the other car. When the driver saw who had stopped, he feared that the man he had treated so poorly would now treat him poorly. But this Christian man hadn’t come to repay evil for evil. He came to offer help and assistance. He overcame evil with good. May our God equip us to do the same!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, deliver us from evil! Forgive us of the evil we have done to others. Forgive others of the evil they have done to us. In the faith, goodness, and strength you provide, help us to overcome evil with good. Amen.

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Humility Creates Harmony – December 21, 2017

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Romans 12:16

Humility Creates Harmony


Daily Devotion – December 21, 2017

Devotion based on Romans 12:16

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What does it look like when two people live in harmony? They might smile at each other. They might laugh a lot. If two people are in harmony with one another, you would never see them fighting. They would never avoid eye contact with one another. They would never use cutting sarcasm with, or say anything mean about, the other person. Harmonious relationships are good relationships. They can be a great source of joy, encouragement, and strength.

Relationships in which there is some hostility or friction, however, can be quite the opposite. And what are you supposed to do if you have a relationship like that, one that frequently fills you with discouragement or pain? Well, there’s one thing you should not do. You should not wait for the other person to make the first move.

Today’s verse states a godly goal for all your relationships: “Live in harmony with one another.” And the instructions as to how you should carry that out all have one thing in common. They all focus your attention on your own heart and actions—not the other person’s. “Do not be proud.” “Be willing to associate with people of low position.” “Do not be conceited.” In other words, use your time and energy to love and to serve the other person. Or, to say it another way, do what Jesus did.

When God’s relationship with us became broken with sin, the Son of God didn’t sit in heaven waiting for us to love him. He came as a baby in Bethlehem. Jesus lowered himself into the humblest of situations, associating himself at birth with the lowliest of families, associating himself throughout his ministry with the most recognizable sinners, and eventually taking the lowest position of all on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Why? Because he desired a harmonious relationship with us. And he knew that harmony can only be accomplished by humility.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you the perfect harmony we enjoy with God because of your humility. In our relationships with one another, help us to humble ourselves, just as you did. Amen.

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Great Things God Has Done – December 20, 2017

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD‘s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. … I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
Isaiah 61:1–3, 10–11

Great Things God Has Done


Daily Devotion – December 20, 2017

Devotion based on Isaiah 61:1–3, 10–11

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Early in Jesus’ ministry, he entered the synagogue in Nazareth. He stood up to read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah—he spoke words recorded in our lesson for today. When Jesus finished, he said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). Hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, Isaiah was inspired by God the Holy Spirit to reveal what kind of Savior Jesus would be. The prophet saw the Savior’s great work in the future, and he anticipated the amazing blessings the Lord’s anointed one would bring to the world.

As Jesus applied the prophecy to himself, he knew that his Father in heaven had chosen him by anointing him with the Holy Spirit. The anointing was a permanent presence that guided and directed the entire ministry of Jesus. Jesus’ work was preaching and proclaiming; binding up wounds in healing; replacing sadness and despair with hope and joy. He came to comfort God’s people with the good news of salvation that his Father sent him to win for them.

Believers are the Lord’s “planting,” like a grove of oaks in a dry land. Strong and sturdy, they display for all the world to see that the Lord graciously bestows rich blessings on his people. He covers them completely with Jesus’ righteousness and grants them salvation from the captivity of sin and the darkness of death.

Now the acorns of the mighty oaks sprout and grow. God produces the fruits of faith, righteous actions and words of praise in his holy people. They spring up right in front of the whole world so that everyone can see what great things God has done, and lead people everywhere to praise him for his gifts of righteousness and salvation through Jesus.

Prayer:
Lord God, praise and glory to you for the great things you have done! Fill my heart with joy for the righteousness and salvation that are mine by faith in Jesus. Use me to display these great blessings to others around me. Amen.

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Nuggets of Wisdom – December 19, 2017

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Nuggets of Wisdom


Daily Devotion – December 19, 2017

Devotion based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

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Crack. You open the fortune cookie and pull out the little paper. You read aloud: “A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.” Thought-provoking, maybe. But profound? Useful? A truly helpful nugget of wisdom? Hardly.

The apostle Paul wrote short, concise sayings too. But he offered far better wisdom and help than anything found in a fortune cookie. “Rejoice always.” “Pray continually.” “Give thanks in all circumstances.” Short. But profound. And helpful!

“Rejoice always.” Joy is a fruit of faith in Jesus. When we belong to Christ Jesus, God wants us to reflect how blessed it is to have forgiveness and eternal life in heaven. It’s deeper than being in a happy mood all the time. Joy is a deep-down blessedness, a quiet, lifelong celebrating that we belong to Christ.

“Pray continually.” All day, every day, we get to talk to God. And even though we are sinners who should be shut out, God listens. Because of Jesus, he listens! He listens to our prayers, whether they are out loud or silent, thought out or spontaneous, from a prayer book or in our own words. He listens to our thanksgiving, as Paul says: “Give thanks in all circumstances.” So much to give thanks for. So many blessings from our gracious God. Though we too often complain or fall into self-pity or a sense of entitlement, our gracious God loves us and forgives us. He gave his own dear Son Jesus to earn full forgiveness for us by his death on the cross. And on top of that, God blesses us with every spiritual blessing in Christ, for time and for eternity.

Short. Concise. But nothing fluffy about these little sayings. They are God’s wisdom. They give his encouragement and daily help. They carry God’s own blessing: “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”

These little sayings don’t belong in fortune cookies. They belong in our hearts and lives.

Prayer:
Dear Father, feed me with your divine wisdom. Give me daily joy. Hear my constant prayers to you in Christ. Lead me in thankful living in all circumstances. Amen.

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What’s your secret? – December 18, 2017

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. … Now this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.” They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” Now some Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
John 1:6-8,19-27

What’s your secret?


Daily Devotion – December 18, 2017

Devotion based on John 1:6-8,19-27

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John the Baptist was a different kind of guy. In his Gospel, Matthew reports that John lived in the wilderness. His “clothes were made of camel’s hair and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.” Yet his powerful message drew people out to him. He was different—and people were interested in why.

When the religious leaders of that day asked John who he was, John confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.” John was different, but he was not the difference-maker. He was not the light, but testified about the Light. God used a different kind of man to announce the coming difference-maker, Jesus Christ. God used the voice of one crying in the wilderness, to straighten out the hearts of his hearers and introduce them to the Prince of peace. John implored people to repent of their sins and pointed them to Christ as their Redeemer.

We need this same Word to work in our hearts too. Do you have a secret sin that you think would destroy you if it were revealed? Do you carry around a load of guilt about something you have not done or been? Do you expend a lot of energy trying to suppress your shame? Buying the perfect presents or finding fantastic Christmas decorations can’t take care of deep spiritual problems like these. Only God’s Word can straighten us out.

John confessed that he was not worthy of the Christ. None of us are worthy of a holy, righteous God. But our God of grace and mercy still sent the Light, his Son Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a perfect life in thoughts, words, and deeds. He offered tender comfort to those who were hurting and broken. He had tough conversations with those who thought they had it all figured out on their own. He was never self-centered, but always self-sacrificing.

Jesus lived perfectly to make you worthy. His sacrificial death is the eternal difference-maker. It is God’s love that makes you special. That was John’s message. God has made it known in his Word. It’s no secret. God made you someone different. Through Christ you are a redeemed and beloved child of God.

Prayer:
Dear heavenly Father, you so loved the world that you sent your only Son to save and redeem me from my sin. Strengthen me to live a life worthy of the grace you’ve given me. Use my voice to proclaim the good news of your Son, Jesus Christ. In his name, I pray. Amen.

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Wait with Patience – December 17, 2017

Be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.
James 5:8

Wait with Patience


Daily Devotion – December 17, 2017

Devotion based on James 5:8

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‘I can’t wait!’ That’s a common cry this time of year. Children have been adding items to their Christmas lists for weeks. Waiting another week to see what they actually get seems unbearable. It’s just as hard to wait inside the confines of a classroom, struggling through tests and holding back excitement for the Christmas break. It’s equally difficult to wait when you are holding a ticket to visit your grandchildren over the Christmas holiday. It doesn’t matter how long you stare at the calendar, there are no shortcuts for waiting until Christmas gets closer. Waiting requires patience.

The Bible acknowledges patience isn’t a natural virtue inside any of us. It’s especially true when life isn’t going right. When you are afflicted with sickness or when you are being mistreated, waiting for relief is just about the hardest thing to do. It would be much more natural to grumble and complain when your health is poor. When you aren’t being treated fairly, it’s much easier to lash out and hurt someone back or criticize someone else to make them feel as lousy as you feel.

So the Bible tells you to be patient. Wait until Jesus comes. Holding out during those difficult times is like a farmer waiting for his crops to grow. It won’t do him any good to complain about how slowly they’re growing. It would be a waste of time for him to yell and scream and scold those plants until they grow faster. All the farmer can do is make sure he has done his job and then wait for the results to appear.

That’s how God wants you to handle your frustrations and challenges in life. Sometimes you can’t overcome that sickness or get rid of that mistreatment. Yet you can still place your trust in God during those difficult times. Then you can wait for God to do his job. You already know that God did his biggest job when he sent Jesus to this earth on that first Christmas. Jesus took on himself all of the abuse and mistreatment he never deserved. Jesus suffered for all the world’s spiritual sickness. Jesus took away the punishment for all of our complaining and grumbling and stinging criticisms of others. The results of Jesus’ work mean peace and forgiveness for believing hearts.

‘I can’t wait!’ can be your motto for the return of Jesus. You don’t have to count down the days on the calendar. You can wait with patience since you know Jesus brings more than just presents or a brief visit or a break from school. You can stand firm and eagerly wait for the blessings Jesus has in store for you when he comes back to take you home to heaven.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, visit my heart to give me your patience. Fill my life with your love and forgiveness so I can patiently endure earthly struggles while I wait for you to come back and bring me your eternal blessings. Amen.

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The Rivers of Life – December 16, 2017

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. … Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
Isaiah 35:1,6-7

The Rivers of Life


Daily Devotion – December 16, 2017

Devotion based on Isaiah 35:1,6-7

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Right about now, you may be wondering how you’ll get everything done for Christmas.

We all struggle with Christmas because we don’t always have the resources we need to do Christmas right.

We may have a dozen rolls of wrapping paper and enough Christmas lights for an inter-stellar beacon. But do we have the resources to deal with a mother who still corrects how we set the table? Do we have the resources to deal with a father who has been missing for so many years? Do we have the resources to handle children who run and scream and don’t give us a chance to shower before 2 pm, let alone give us peace on earth?

Probably not—because to handle these Christmas situations and to really celebrate Christmas right, we need spiritual resources. Spiritual resources we won’t find in our hearts.

Those resources aren’t in our hearts because, spiritually speaking, our hearts are deserts of burning sand. They are empty and lifeless.

We still have hope. Isaiah promised that the Lord would bring rivers of life winding between the spiritual sand dunes of our heart. These rivers of life flood us with God’s forgiveness, uncompromising compassion, loving patience, and healing peace.

Where do all these spiritual resources come from? From the baby we’re about to welcome in one week. That child in a wooden feed box is God’s Son. He came to earth on a mission to rain God’s love and peace down on us. Thirty-three years after he was born, he suffered for our sins on the cross. His sacrifice opened the floodgates of God’s love for us. He gives us all the peace, love, joy, and hope we can hold – and then some!

So if you want to be ready for the rush of Christmas, tap into baby Jesus. Drink up the rich promises God made through this child:
• Your Father in heaven loves you.
• Your Father in heaven accepts you.
• Your Father in heaven has taken away all your guilt.
• Your Father in heaven has prepared a home for you next to him.

You’ll be surprised how well you can deal with Christmas when rivers of life are drenching your heart.

Prayer:
Lord, fill my dusty heart with the river of your life. Remind me why Jesus came to earth. Then my Christmas can be full of joy. Amen.

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Our Compassionate Savior – December 15, 2017

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.
Romans 12:14-16

Our Compassionate Savior


Daily Devotion – December 15, 2017

Devotion based on Romans 12:14-16

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The Bible is not the only book to instruct us to “live in harmony with one another,” as the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans. Buddhism, Hinduism, and other world religions—even secular philosophies—give us much the same guidance for life. Our own consciences warn us that we would do well to treat others around us with love and compassion. But no matter who gives us this advice or how often we hear it, we still struggle to put ourselves in the shoes of others or to put their needs and feelings ahead of our own. Our natural inclination is so turned inward that we are blind to the ways that we could be a blessing to others. And when we do think of others, it is often with jealousy, envy, contempt and pride.

Fortunately, the Bible not only tells us what we should be doing, it tells us what God’s Son has done for us. Jesus Christ perfectly considered what others needed from him. He offered forgiveness to those who crucified him. He wept along with the mourners at the tomb of his friend Lazarus. He performed his first miracle at a wedding reception to help the joyful celebration continue even as he revealed his glory as the Son of God. At Christmas, we rejoice at the news that God loved us so much that he took on our own flesh and blood. He took our sorrows on himself. He took on the weight of our sin. And he carried the guilt of our selfishness to the cross where he paid for it in full.

Jesus has shared in our sorrows so that he can share his joy with us. In him we find God’s grace and the promise of forgiveness. In him we find compassion so deep that it spills over into our own hearts. In Christ Jesus we find joy in serving others and in bringing his message of peace to everyone.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, you loved me when I was unlovable. May your compassion for everyone be reflected in the way that I live. Teach me to see the ways that I can be a blessing to others as you are to me. Amen.

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