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Dec 25, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 25 | CHRISTMAS DAYScripture Reading: Daniel 7:14; Rev 19:6-8 He was given dominion, and glory, and a kingdom; so that those of every people, nation, and language should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will not be destroyed. — Daniel 7:14 Then I heard something like the voice of a vast multitude, like the sound of cascading waters, and like the rumbling of loud thunder, saying, Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the...
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Dec 24, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 24 | CHRISTMAS EVEScripture Reading: Luke 1:35; Luke 3:21-22; Heb 4:14-16 35 The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. — Luke 1:35 21 When all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. As he was praying, heaven opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in a physical appearance like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are...
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Dec 23, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 23 | HOW OLD IS JESUS?Scripture Reading: John 1:1-14 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to...
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Dec 22, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 22 | MESSIAH RESURRECTEDScripture Reading: Luke 24:4-8; Psalms 16:8-11, 110:1; Acts 2:25-28; Job 19:25; Hosea 6:2 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes. 5 So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground. “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men. 6 “He is not here, but he has risen! Remember how he spoke to you when he was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘It is necessary that the Son of Man be...
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Dec 21, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 21 | MESSIAH SACRIFICEDScripture Reading: John 3:16, Psalm 22 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning? 2 My God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest. 3 But you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers trusted in...
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Dec 20, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 20 | MESSIAH REJECTEDScripture Reading: Luke 20:17-18; Psalms 118:22-24 But he looked at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone? 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but on whomever it falls, it will shatter him.” — Luke 20:17-18 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 This came from the Lord; it is wondrous in our sight. 24 This is the day the...
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Dec 19, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 19 | MESSIAH FOR THE WEARY & STRESSEDScripture Reading: Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. — Matthew 11:28-30 God is not surprised by the presence of stress in our lives. Over two thousand years ago Jesus spoke to the people following him about the very thing...
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Dec 18, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 18 | MESSIAH PROCLAIMEDScripture Reading: Luke 2:10-11; Isaiah 42:1-6 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” — Luke 2:10-11 “This is my servant; I strengthen him, this is my chosen one; I delight in him. I have put my Spirit on him; he will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry out or shout...
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Dec 17, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 17 | MESSIAH PRECEDED BY A MESSENGERScripture Reading: Luke 1: 57-66; Malachi 3:1, 4:5-6 Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she had a son. 58 Then her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her his great mercy, and they rejoiced with her. 59 When they came to circumcise the child on the eighth day, they were going to name him Zechariah, after his father. 60 But his mother responded, “No. He will be called John.” 61 Then they said to her, “None of...
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Dec 16, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 16 | THE WORSHIP AND PROCLAMATION OF CHRISTScripture Reading: Luke 2:8-20 In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you,...
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Dec 15, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 15 | BORN TO SUFFER, SERVE, AND TO SAVEScripture Reading: Mathew 20:28; Luke 22:20; Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. — Matthew 20:28 In the same way he also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” — Luke 22:20 See, my servant will be successful; he will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted. 14 Just as many were...
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Dec 14, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 14 | BORN TO HEALScripture Reading: Luke 4:17-21; Isaiah 35: 5-6; Isaiah 61 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him, and unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written: 18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. 20 He then rolled up the scroll, gave it...
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Dec 13, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 13 | BORN FIRST BORN SONScripture Reading: Luke 2:7; Exodus 12:21-32; John 1:29 Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. — Luke 2:7 21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, select an animal from the flock according to your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. 22 Take a cluster of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin,...
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Dec 12, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 12 | BORN IN BETHLEHEMScripture Reading: Luke 2:4; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 11:1–4 Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David. — Luke 2:4 Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; one will come from you to be ruler over Israel for me. His origin is from antiquity, from ancient times. — Micah 5:2 Then a shoot will grow from the stump of...
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Dec 11, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 11 | BORN TO SHINE A GREAT LIGHTScripture Reading: Luke 1:76-79; Isaiah 9: 1-7 And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77 to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. 78 Because of our God’s merciful compassion, the dawn from on high will visit us 79 to shine on those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. — Luke 1:76-79...
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Dec 10, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 10 | BORN OF A VIRGINScripture Reading: Luke 1:31–35; Isaiah 7:14 Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?” 35 The angel replied to...
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Dec 9, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 9 | THE BIRTH OF CHRISTScripture Reading: Luke 2:1–7 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. 2 This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, 5 to be registered along with...
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Dec 8, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 8 | SON OF GODScripture Reading: Luke 1:35; Luke 3:21-22; Heb 4:14-16 The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. — Luke 1:35 When all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. As he was praying, heaven opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in a physical appearance like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my beloved...
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Dec 7, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 7 | SON OF A KINGScripture Reading: Luke 1:32; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Isaiah 9:7; Romans 1:1-4 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. — Luke 1:32 When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom...
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Dec 6, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 6 | SON OF A CHOSEN PEOPLEScripture Reading: Luke 1:33; Numbers 24:16-19; Daniel 2:44, 7:13-14; Genesis 49:10; Daniel 7:27; Hebrews 7:14 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end. — Luke 1:33 the oracle of one who hears the sayings of God and has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls into a trance with his eyes uncovered: 17 I see him, but not now; I perceive him, but not near. A star will come from Jacob,...
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Dec 5, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 5 | SON OF SACRIFICEScripture Reading: Genesis 22:1-19, Luke 2:32 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he answered. 2 “Take your son,” he said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” 3 So Abraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took with him two of his young men and his son Isaac. He split wood for...
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Dec 4, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 4 | SON OF THE MOST HIGHScripture Reading: Luke 1:32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. — Luke 1:32 The birth of Jesus wasn’t random.  It was promised thousands of years beforehand -- He is the Son of Promise.  Hundreds of years before Jesus, God promised David that he would raise up one of David’s descendants, whose throne would last forever. (2 Samuel 7:13).  Here in Luke 1:32 we see that...
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Dec 3, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 3 | SON OF THE MOST HIGHScripture Reading: Luke 1:32; Gen 14:18-20; Heb 5:5-10; Psalms 110:4 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. — Luke 1:32 18 Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine; he was a priest to God Most High. 19 He blessed him and said: Abram is blessed by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, 20 and blessed be God Most High who has handed over your enemies to...
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Dec 2, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 2 | THE PROMISE OF CHRISTScripture Reading: Luke 1:26-38 26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And [the angel] came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. 30 Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid,...
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Dec 1, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  DAY 1 | THE FALL AND HOPEScripture Reading: Genesis 3:1-24 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “No! You will not die,”...
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Nov 22, 2018 Rebecca Strickland
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  Join Us | We are excited to introduce CITYCHURCH’s Advent study and podcast to you. We will be providing you with a series of daily devotions to carry us through the Advent season. Our brothers and sisters throughout history and around the world have set aside this season to concentrate on, and celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ. In this study, we invite you to join in a series of daily devotions to help direct our attention and affections to this Christ who stepped out of heaven and...