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November 30 – A Loving Parent

When you read the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke, it’s actually quite amazing what the people in that story went through. If we stopped and tried to imagine what we would have thought, felt and done if something like that happened to us – I think we would understand how loving and loyal those...

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November 28 – What Is Love?

Through this Christmas season at LSA, we are looking at the word “love”. The Bible has 4  different meanings for that word, and this week we’re concentrating on the Greek word “storge”, love for family. Our devotions from now and until Christmas will concentrate on those meanings for love. Wendy Reaume will also be sharing...

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November 25 – Faith Alone

The past two years have been difficult ones. The waves of the pandemic are so frustrating. Will this ever end? When will life return to normal? Do we even know what “normal” is anymore? Our economy is going crazy. Will young people ever be able to buy homes? It’s tough even paying for groceries and...

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November 24 – Faith Alone

Romans 4: 1 – 8  NLT “Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? 2 If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. 3 For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed...

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November 23 – In the Beginning

John 1: 1 – 5   (NLT) Prologue: Christ, the Eternal Word “In the beginning the Word already existed.    The Word was with God,    and the Word was God.2 He existed in the beginning with God.3 God created everything through him,    and nothing was created except through him.4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,    and his life brought light...

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November 22 – Christ is Supreme

Colossians 1: 15 – 17  (NLT) “15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.    He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,16 for through him God created everything    in the heavenly realms and on earth.He made the things we can see    and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in...

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November 21 – Praise the Lord!

This psalm of praise is amazing. Read it slowly, and if possible, read it out loud. Don’t just read it, but actually before you start reading, pray and say “Lord, I say these words to you.” Psalm 148 1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens!    Praise him from the skies!2 Praise him, all his angels!    Praise him, all the...

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November 18 – God’s Glory

Revelation 21: 22 – 23  NLT “I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.”  Psalm 150   NLT 1 Praise the Lord! Praise...

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November 17 – “Jesus Christ has Made Us Friends of God”

Romans 5: 1 – 11 and 20  NLT “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we...

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November 16 – Grace Alone

Ephesians 2: 1 – 9 NLT “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to...

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November 15 – “A Lamp to Guide My Feet”

Hebrews 4: 12  NLT “For the word of God is alive and poweerful. It is sharper that the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between the soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Psalm 119: 97 – 105  M:T 97 Oh, how I love your instructions!    I think about them all day...

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November 14 – Scripture Alone

2 Timothy 3: 6 – 17  (NLT) 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his...

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November 11 – A Journey of Growth

It is easy to read the book of Acts and see the players as perfect or super-spiritual beings.  The first half of the book is mostly about Peter, and the second half about Paul.  I would guess that most of us would feel that at least Paul was super-spiritual.  After all, he did write about...

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November 10 – An Unexpected Mission Trip

This past month Audrey has walked you through Paul’s missionary journeys.  You’ve seen how he planted churches and then revisited to encourage, correct and be encouraged.  I’d like to camp for a few minutes on the idea that in some ways, Paul had another missionary journey—and this one was a State sponsored trip!  No need...

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November 9 – Jesus Last Words

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And...

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November 8 – The Care of the Early Church

It was custom that all Jewish males travel to Jerusalem to observe the three main feasts: The Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths), the Passover, and Pentecost  (Jesus died on Friday before sundown and rose Sunday morning (3 days).  He appeared to the disciples and many others, and over a period of 40 days, spoke about...

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November 7 – The Gospel is for Everyone

We finished reading through the Book of Acts over the past month. Thsi week, Wendy Reaume is going to highlight important points that Acts makes about how Christian communities operate. Enjoy this excellent summary of Acts this week. By Wendy Reaume The book of ACTS has been called ‘the actions [acts] of the apostles.’  It...

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November 4– The Worst Cruise-line Ever and the Results

Today we are going to read the last 2 chapters of Acts. It’s long, but the story is really interesting. Chapter 27 begins the story of the journey by ship to Rome.  It’s not an easy trip, and in fact, ends in a shipwreck.  After you read this story today, I think you will agree...

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November 3 – Paul’s Defense to King Agrippa

Acts 26  (NLT) “Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You may speak in your defense.” So Paul, gesturing with his hand, started his defense: 2 “I am fortunate, King Agrippa, that you are the one hearing my defense today against all these accusations made by the Jewish leaders, 3 for I know you are an expert on all Jewish customs...

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November 2 – What? Why?

Acts 25    (NLT) “Paul Appears before Festus 25 Three days after Festus arrived in Caesarea to take over his new responsibilities, he left for Jerusalem, 2 where the leading priests and other Jewish leaders met with him and made their accusations against Paul. 3 They asked Festus as a favor to transfer Paul to Jerusalem (planning to ambush and...