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Advent & Christmas Devotions

2017-2018

The Third Monday of Advent   

Psalm 14

The Fool Says, There Is No God

To the choirmaster. Of David.

14 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
there is none who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread
and do not call upon the Lord?
There they are in great terror,
for God is with the generation of the righteous.
You would shame the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is his refuge.
Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

“O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the Law in cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!
(Lutheran Service Book, #357, st.3).

Biblically illiterate people despise the Old Testament as “all Law” and state their preference for the New as “pure gospel.” Unbeknownst to most, they are the “children” of Marcion of Sinope (85-160 AD), who wanted to throw out the Hebrew Bible and its God. The first Christians’ were Jews. Their only Bible was the Hebrew Bible or its Greek version known as the Septuagint. The Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus was raised and ascended in His glorified Jewish Body with the marks of the nails and spear still present (read again John 20:19ff.). The same God who revealed Himself on Mount Sinai to Moses is the same God who has made Himself known in the Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Anti-semitism has always been a rejection of the Jewishness of the Lord Jesus and His first disciples; however,it was not anti-semitism when the Jewish Lord Jesus and His Jewish first apostles preached the necessity of Holy Baptism!

Questions:

Have you experienced God’s awesome majesty in the Church’s worship? Might you this week?


Prayer for December 18:

Almighty God, grant that we who are oppressed and weighed down by the chains of our ancient slavery to sin may be set free by the long-awaited yet ever-new birth of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Put 16  pennies, nickels, or dimes in a bowl to support the Central & Eastern NC Food Bank.

Pastor Samuel D. Zumwalt, STS

St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Wilmington, North Carolina

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The Daily Readings are from English Standard Version,

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The Third Monday of Advent   

Psalm 14 The Fool Says, There Is No God To the choirmaster. Of David. 14 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3 They…
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The Third Sunday in Advent

Psalm 150 Let Everything Praise the Lord Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary;     praise him in his mighty heavens! 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;     praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3 Praise him with trumpet sound;     praise him with lute and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;     praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;     praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything…
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The Second Saturday of Advent

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The Second Friday of Advent

   Psalm 102 Do Not Hide Your Face from Me A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord. Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you! 2 Do not hide your face from me     in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me;     answer me speedily in the day…
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The Second Thursday of Advent

Psalm 18 The Lord Is My Rock and My Fortress To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:   I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock…
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The Second Wednesday of Advent

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