Monthly Archives: December 2011

Childermas/Holy Innocents – Matthew 2:13-18 [Daily Devotional]

IMatthew 2:13-18 In today’s text we encounter the horror of the slaughter of innocent children in the town of Bethlehem at the hands of King Herod the Great (73 BC – 4 BC). Some historians have questioned whether or not … Continue reading

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St. John Apostle and Evangelist – John 13:20-35 [Daily Devotional

John 13:20-35 Today we commemorate and celebrate the life of St. John the Evangelist and Apostle. He is the author of the fourth canonical gospel, and the three canonical epistles that also bear his name. He may also be the … Continue reading

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From Heaven Above – John 3:31-36 [Daily Devotional]

John 3:31-36 Today we celebrate someone very important.  Before I tell you whose birthday it is, let me give you some hints.  On the night of his birth there was a great light in the sky.  There were farm animals … Continue reading

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Joseph’s Role – Matthew 1:18-25 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 1:18-25 For most people in Christendom Joseph is a minor character in the birth narrative of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He is the figurine that we place beside the manger opposite Mary in our nativity sets we … Continue reading

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The First Christmas Carol – Luke 1:67-80 [Daily Devotional]

Luke 1:67-80 The Song of Zechariah, or Benedictus, as our text today is known, is a song or canticle of Thanksgiving.  Filled with the Holy Spirit and with great joy, Zechariah prophesied what has become for the church a two … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? – Luke 1:57-66 [Daily Devotional]

Luke 1:57-66 Reading today’s text regarding the naming of John (the Baptist) is like walking into the production of a play during the second act. It is one of those where you had better know what happened in the first … Continue reading

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St. Thomas, Apostle – John 20:19-29 [Daily Devotional]

John 20:19-29 Today is the day set aside by the Church to celebrate and commemorate the life, ministry and martyrdom of St. Thomas. Thomas is undoubtedly best known to everyone by the title history has bestowed on him, “Doubting Thomas.” … Continue reading

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How in the Dickens? – Matthew 25:31-46 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 25:31-46 The Christmas season (Advent in the church) is a time of year when people tend to be more generous than usual. Folk have what they call “Christmas Spirit” and they want to make sure that the less fortunate … Continue reading

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Friend of the Groom – Matthew 25:1-13 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 25:1-13 We are in the process of preparing for the fifth (and last) wedding for our children. Blessed with five daughters, life for the past few years has seemed like a constant discussion of weddings (especially amongst the women … Continue reading

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Life in the Mean Time – Matthew 24:45-51 [Daily Devotional]

Matthew 24:45-51 While in college I was employed by a medical equipment company. Their front office and showroom were enclosed in glass, giving the receptionist a great view of the parking lot. On those occasions when the owner of the … Continue reading

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