Matthew 1:18-25

'Immanuel... God with us' (23). Think of what this means! Here are some words to help you. 'He walked where I walked, He stood where I stand, He felt what I feel, He understands. He know my frailty, shared my humanity, tempted in every way ,yet without sin. God with us, so close to us. …

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Stop protesting against the Lord! Start listening to the Lord!

Ezra 2:68-4:5; Revelation 9:13-10:11; Proverbs 30:24-33 At the heart of the rebuilding of the Temple, there was worship -"With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: 'He is good; His love to Israel endures for ever" (Ezra 3:11). Those who worship the Lord are set within the context of a world that refuses to …

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Gold

Ezra 1:1-2:67; Revelation8:1-9:12; Psalm144:9-15 We read of "gold" in both Ezra and Revelation (Ezra 1:4,6,9-11; Revelation 8:3; Revelation 9:7). In Ezra 1:6, "gold" is set alongside "valuable gifts" and "all the freewill offerings." "Gold" is a valuable thing. The "gold" of our lives is truly valuable when it is given freely, as a "freewill offering." In Revelation 8:3, "gold" is …

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Towards the final victory and the glorious celebration

Esther 6:1-8:17; Revelation 4:1-11; Psalm 142:1-7 In the book of Esther, we see the people of God in conflict. There were enemies against whom they had to contend. In this battle, there are victories which lead to "joyous celebration" (Esther 8:15). Such times of victory are times of "happiness and joy, gladness and honour" (Esther 8:16). …

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Zechariah 9:1-11:17; Revelation 1:1-20; Psalm 140:1-5

"Rejoice greatly... your King comes to you... having salvation... because of the blood of My covenant with you" (Zechariah 9:9,11). "The Ruler of the kings of the earth... who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood" (Revelation 1:5). The King of love is revealed in both Zechariah and Revelation. We …

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The strength we receive from the Lord

Daniel 9:20-11:1; 1 John 3:11-4:6; Psalm 137:1-9 "When He spoke to me, I was strengthened" (Daniel 10:19). The strength we receive from the Lord is a greater strength than the temptations we face - "the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). To know …

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