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Isaiah 62

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,    and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,until her vindication shines out like the dawn,    and her salvation like a burning torch.2 The nations shall see your...

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Who is the Messiah?

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah. John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to...

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God’s Power in Our Hands

 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15 The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit 16 (for as yet the Spirit had not...

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Isaiah 43

But now thus says the Lord,    he who created you, O Jacob,    he who formed you, O Israel:Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;    I have called you by name, you are mine.2 When you pass through...

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2018 Advent Devotional – January 6

Epiphany Psalm 72:1-14 His Love Endures Forever When I read these words of Messianic prophesy, I’m reminded and comforted by the truth that God is immutable. So much of our lives are instant, changing, disposable. Are eggs healthy? Who knows. Will a new iPhone be...

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2018 Advent Devotional – January 5

John 1: (1-9) 10-18 … well I declare, have you seen the like? So, have you seen the light?  Are you showing others the light, or are you just “Waiting for the Light”? Over the past months (years) I have seen a lot of people covering the light that is Jesus, from...

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2018 Advent Devotional – January 4

Isaiah 6:1-5, Psalm 72 The One We Serve Daily we run into life challenges. These are what I like to call, “Valley Situations.” In Isaiah 6:1-5, when God reached out to the man in the Temple who felt unqualified to experience the grace from the God of Love, God still...

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2018 Advent Devotional – January 3

Luke 8:16-21 God's Word is the Light of Our Life I recently had eye surgery and can see only out of my right eye. The vision from my right eye is enough for me to get by until my left eye is healed. When healed, both eyes will be able to take in light and I will be...

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2018 Advent Devotional – January 2

James 3:13–18 The Meekness of Wisdom Who is wise? Who wants wisdom? (Who doesn’t!) We are to conduct ourselves showing our works in the meekness of wisdom. When I meditate on all God is and the miracle of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection, I experience a “light...

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Karen’s Corner

Hi Bayshore and Happy New Year!  I am starting my third year in Uganda which means I will also get to come back to the states for a visit this year!  My tentative itinerary is to arrive in Oregon the second week in April to see my family, then come to Tampa...

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2018 Advent Devotional – January 1

New Year’s Day Numbers 6:22-27 The Light of Life When I was a Boy Scout leader, one activity our boys eagerly anticipated was our annual caving expedition. Southern Indiana is dotted with limestone caves, and for teenage Scouts spelunking is a whole new level of fun....

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2018 Advent Devotional – December 31

New Year’s Eve Psalm 8:2a Anticipation As I am writing this devotional it has been a joyful few weeks leading up to Advent. Late this fall, we welcomed into the family, Jacob Thomas, our grandson. I also got the opportunity to visit with our 18-month-old...

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2018 Advent Devotional – December 30

Psalm 148 All Creation Praises The Psalmist calls on creation to praise its Maker. He begins with things that we normally think praise God: angels and heavenly armies should sing praises from the heavens. But then he mentions things that we don’t normally think of as...

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2018 Advent Devotional – December 29

1 Chronicles 28:1-10 Let the Light Shine on Our Community             Last month’s mid-term elections reminded Americans how blessed we are. We live in a free country, where we can vote and worship as we...

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2018 Advent Devotional – December 28

Matthew 2:13-18 Listening to God’s Voice ”the angel of the Lord” spoke to Joseph When thinking about how this applied to me, I remembered a series of happenings after 9/11. I was living in Kentucky and all I could think about was where would I want to be if something...

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