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Bible Verses and Scripture to get you through the week
BETHEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Monday, December 25, 2017
O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem. You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength. Lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!””
Earlier in Isaiah we received the prophecy of the birth of Christ: “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, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6). In the Gospel of Luke we read the announcement of the angels: “For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11).
As we celebrate this Christmas morning remembering the birth of Christ, make your own announcement to your family: “Behold Your God”.
Celebrate, have fun. But don’t forget to praise God for the gift of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, The Lord.
(2 Corinthians 9:15). Shout it as loud as you can – from the highest mountain of our soul. Allow Him to be born again in your heart today.
Prayer & Praise:
Lord Jesus, I welcome you anew in my heart this Christmas day. I recognize that your love and work of salvation is the greatest gift I could receive. Thank your for the opportunity to be born again and to become a new creation in Christ Jesus. Even if I don’t receive a new material gift, I thank you that I am new in you. I pray for strength to live life anew, from this forward and to be able to praise and glorify you.
“O come let us adore Him. O come let us adore Him. O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
For He alone is worthy, For He alone is worthy, For He alone is worthy, Christ the Lord.
I’ll give Him all the glory; I’ll give Him all the glory. I’ll give Him all the glory, Christ the Lord.
WEEK 1 REFLECTION: Who is God and What Does He Desire of Me?
During this season of lent, let us foster divine intimacy with God through prayer. Let us jot just fast from something because of tradition, but let us fast in great expectation of drawing closer to God. The hope is for us to continue the journey even after the 40 days have concluded. It’s up to you! Let’s begin and never end until we see God face to face.
Dear God, thank you for the ability to pray and thank you for listening. As I and others start this journey with you, help us to focus on who you are and what you want, Amen.
What is Lent?
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.