When Joseph and Mary presented Jesus in the temple, a devout man named Simeon recognized the Christ Child as Light for all people. Years later, in the pagan territory of Gerasene, Jesus healed a man by sending all that tormented him into a herd of pigs which then drowned—a scary scene. A synagogue official needlessly feared that he had come to the Lord too late to cure his daughter. A woman fearfully admitted that she had touched Jesus’ cloak when He realized that healing had come through Him without anyone asking. When we experience fear,

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Somehow, Jesus slept through a gale and crashing waves until the Disciples woke Him in fear of perishing and, worse yet, fear that the Lord didn’t care. Calming the storm left them in awe, although they still lacked understanding. Fortunately, the Lord has patience, sowing the seeds of His Word to take root, grow, and yield more than enough to share. Following His example of patience takes cultivated faith because we cannot understand exactly how God’s plan will blossom in our lives. When erosion of our faith occurs, do we seek to add some

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Jesus let the Disciples pick and eat heads of grain as they walked along on a Sabbath day, and He cured a man’s withered hand right in the synagogue. His rejuvenating conduct on a day of rest never went against the grain of God’s purpose. Like new cloth that would pull at a tear if used to patch old fabric, or like new wine that would burst an old wineskin already stretched to the limit by prior fermentation, Jesus offered new ideas and showed us how to use them. Do we listen to Scripture with attentiveness to new relevancy of God’s Word

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In the Old Testament, Samuel heard God’s voice but didn’t recognize it. Eli figured it out for him. After John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Son of God, Andrew and Peter followed Him. Later, when the Lord saw the two brothers out fishing and invited them to become “fishers of men,” they jumped at the opportunity. People listened in amazement as Jesus taught, even though, at times, it seemed that He got carried away. For instance, friends lowered a paralyzed man through the roof to get to Jesus. First, the Lord forgave the man’s

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John the Baptist and Jesus baptized along the Jordan River, but John explained his subordination to the Lord. Jesus cured a leper and sent him to the priests for readmission into the community. Our Lord wants to work with people! After multiplying five loaves and two fish to feed a crowd, Jesus stayed behind while the Disciples left by boat. When the wind kicked up, He walked on the water to calm His friends and the sea. The first Letter of John advises that one who fears lacks perfect love. Why do we pray for the Lord to calm our fears, instea

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Shepherds saw the newborn Savior and gave glory to God. In the temple at the Presentation of the Lord, the prophetess Anna spoke about the Child to people awaiting redemption and gave thanks to God. Time went on. After explaining that he came to prepare the way of the Lord, John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God and Son of God. Andrew and his brother became Apostles of the Messiah, who decided to call the brother Peter. Friends and family know us by name, but what words do they use to describe how they see us as part of God’s glorious

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God promised King David an heir to rule over a Kingdom without end. About a millennium later, a man named Joseph, descended from the House of David, became betrothed to a Virgin named Mary. She gave birth to the Lord Jesus, Savior and King, in fulfillment of the promise. On the night of the Nativity, shepherds saw from Earth’s landscape the rejoicing in heaven. An angel told the shepherds that they would find the newborn Savior lying in a manger. Imagine their confusion when contrasting the glory of heaven to the idea of finding Jesus cradled

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