TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, December 22, 2017:
The celebration of the birth of Jesus.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Since Christmas eve is on the weekend this year (Sunday) and we do not send devotionals on Saturday or Sunday we are two days early. We encourage you to save this devotional and read it on Christmas eve.
We encourage you today to start preparing for Christmas. It is our prayer for you that CHRISTMAS 2017 will be one of the most Christ honoring and special days of your life.
We will be celebrating Christmas Eve with our family. We will take the time to read Luke 2:1-14, as we do every year, which is the Christmas story as recorded by Luke. We urge you to join us and take the time to read to your family the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-14. For your convenience we are sharing it with you here.
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first-born, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE TO MEN ON WHOM HIS FAVOR RESTS.”
The story goes on with the shepherds going to find Mary, Joseph and the baby. (Luke 2: 15-20) After you have read this account to your family this Christmas then take time to pray together, thanking God for sending His Son to pay the penalty for your sins.
For many years our family has had the tradition each Christmas eve for our grandchildren to put on a Christmas play depicting that day when Jesus was born in a manger. This always is one of the highlights for all of us who are there.
Make Christmas this year a real celebration as you celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Have a blessed Christmas and remember that JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!
Ken and Dottie
Our memory verse for this week is found in Isaiah 9:6.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Our Father in heaven, we thank You that Christmas is not about the giving and receiving of gifts, but about THE GREAEST GIFT OF ALL: THE GIFT OF YOUR ONLY SON, who was born over 2,000 years ago, in a lowly manger sent by You to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and to give us, if we accept Jesus as our personal Savior, eternal life.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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