Pondering for Thursday, January 2, 2020

This is the Ninth Day of Christmas

Daily Office Readings for Thursday following the First Sunday after Christmas: Year 2

AM Psalm 34; PM Psalm 33  1 Kings 19:  -8; Eph. 4:1-16;   John 6:1-14

“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers.”  (Ephesians 4:11)

So, there are four gifts, not five as some readers might assume.  There were no punctuation marks in the original biblical Greek and these gifts were separated by words like, “some.”  The Message Bible really validates my point as it translates this Ephesians 4:11 as “He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher” So, you see, the pastor-teacher gift is one gift. This pastor-teacher gift is the gift that I believe I received.  Christmas is a time of gift-giving and receiving.  What did you get?  Open yourself up and see.

I pray that you may use your God-given gifts to the best of your ability and to our well being. Merry Christmas: Day 9

May your Christened name be blessed forever.  Merry Christmas; Day 8

We thank you Lord Jesus for being born like us, for us, and saving us.  Merry Christmas: Day 7

If being forgiven is the greatest gift we can ever receive from someone, then it is also the greatest gift we can ever give to someone. Merry Christmas: Day 6

It is an extraordinary gift we have, to believe. All Christians need to live into what we believe.  Merry Christmas: Day 5

We are never to hurt or harm children, only help them, teach them, save and love them. This is what Christmas is all about. Merry Christmas: Day 4

The testimony of John the apostle about our Lord Jesus is true; Believe.  Merry Christmas: Day 3

Let us not take our hate or ill will for another with us to our mortal death.  Merry Christmas: Day 2

Our being saved has as much to do with the birth of Jesus as it does his Resurrection from the dead.  Merry Christmas: Day 1

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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