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December 2009
Daily Devotions Reference List:
(Click here to view the daily devotions)

(12/1) 1 John 4:15-16
(12/2) 1 John 4:17-19
(12/3) 1 John 4:20
(12/4) 1 John 5:3-5
(12/5) (none)
(12/6) (none)
(12/7) 1 John 5:6-8
(12/8) 1 John 5:14-15
(12/9) 1 John 5:18-20
(12/10) 1 John 5:21
(12/11) 2 John 4-6
(12/12) (none)
(12/13) (none)
(12/14) 2 John 9-11
(12/15) 3 John 5-7
(12/16) 3 John 11
(12/17) Jude 5-7
(12/18) Jude 16-19
(12/19) (none)
(12/20) (none)
(12/21) Jude 20-23
(12/22) Jude 24-25
(12/23) Luke 2:1-7
(12/24) Luke 2:8-14
(12/25) Luke 2:15-20
(12/26) (none)
(12/27) (none)
(12/28) (none)
(12/29) (none)
(12/30) (none)
(12/31) (none)

Note: This is subject to change.
Monthly Feature: "People of the Nativity"
This month I wanted to take a brief look at what we can learn from four of the people or groups of people in the traditional nativity scene other than the baby Jesus. First, I encourage you to read my list of people and make your own list. Then read on to see my thoughts, which may or may not match your own.

Wise Men

Here is a young woman who must have had extremely strong faith in God. If you're a woman, can you imagine how you might have felt if you were told you had become pregnant with the Son of God? It had to be hard for her to even comprehend. But her faith carried her through (which is probably part of why God chose her in the first place) and now she is among the most loved and respected women in the Bible.

In addition to faith, Joseph also had to have trust in his future wife. I'm not sure that he was convinced she was telling the truth until the angel visited him. But he did trust Mary and had a strong faith in God himself, staying by her side all the way through. I also suspect he had to endure some harsh comments from other people who didn't understand what was going on, but he always supported Mary.

Jesus taught that "whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 14:11) The shepherds are a great example of this. When Jesus was born, did the angels alert the high-ranking government officials first? What about those who were wealthy? Instead of going toward either of those groups, they headed for the fields and told the shepherds. They were likely among the most lowly and humble people of their time, but to God, they were important enough to be first to receive the Good News.

Wise Men
I wanted to include the wise men even though they didn't actually arrive until a couple of years after Jesus was born. Because of that, they provide us with a strong example of perseverance and continuing to follow Jesus no matter how long it takes to get where we're going.

I would like to wish each of you and your families a very Merry Christmas! Please remember the true reason for the season throughout this month.
Question of the Month:

What is your favorite part of the Christmas season?

A. Decorating my home
B. Looking at Christmas lights
C. Giving gifts to others
D. Feelings of peace and love
E. Remembering our Savior's birth

I have no additional comments; this month's question is just for fun and personal reflection. Merry Christmas!