New Year’s Week — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The New Covenant — Jeremiah 31: 33.34


Jeremiah 31: 33, 34 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord.  “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.  No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord.  “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Prayer:  Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we would enter anew into covenant with you.

Thought for the day:  There is no better partner in covenant than God,


Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

Prayer:  Lord God, your forgiving spirit moves us to humility and love.

Thought for the day:  If God is content to forget our transgressions, why would anyone be eager to remember them?


2 Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in you we find the glorious hope of a new life for God, others, and ourselves.

Thought for the day:  By God’s grace you do have it to do over again.


Psalm 103: 11.12 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Prayer:  Lord God, we rejoice that the terms of your forgiveness are irreversible

Thought for the day:  If your sins go east by the grace of God, then you need never fear meeting them if your travel to God leads west.


Ezekiel 36: 26, 27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

Prayer:  O God, thanks be to you that you give the strength of the Holy Spirit to lead a new life.

Thought for the day:  God is the most successful heart transplant surgeon ever.


Ezekiel 37: 26, 27 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant.  I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.  My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Prayer:  Lord God, deep within we have longed for a covenant of peace and good will among humanity.

Thought for the day:  Those who keep peace with a sword have never discovered the secret of keeping peace with a heart full of love.


Hebrews 12: 23, 24 [You have come] to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.  You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word tan the blood of Abel.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in this new season we honor you as the mediator of the new covenant of hope and forgiveness.

Thought for the day:  When we were in a hopeless hostage situation spiritually, Jesus successfully negotiated a way out.



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Week Fifty-two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Ancestry of Jesus — John 1: 14


John 1:14 The word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, in all your dealing with the poor, sick, and afflicted we find godly grace and truth.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Today I walked where Jesus walked along life’s narrow pathway.”


John 1:1, 2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word Was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Prayer: Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, you gave the greatest gift of all, when you gave your son.

Thought for the day: Jesus is the original heaven-sent missionary who would bring a message to us where we are.


Colossians 1:15, 16 he [Christ Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created:  things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all thing were created by him and for him.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we have seen you and your wondrous works,  we know the love of God.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “’Give me thy heart’, said the Father above. No gift so precious to him as our love.”


Philippians 2: 6, 7 [Christ Jesus] Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you reached way down to lift us up.

Thought for the day: You are never far from the love of heaven.


I John 1:1, 2 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

Prayer: Lord God, we give thanks for the faithful apostles of Jesus who gave the Gospels to all generations to follow.

Thought for the day: When you want some accurate news  from some dependable reporters try reading the Gospels.


Hebrews 1: 1, 2 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, in an hour when a prophetic word is needed we give thanks for the sermons you preached in word and deed.

Thought for the day: Some who fret about the way things will be never stop to listen to the way things are.


Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, knowing that life begins and ends with you we place our trust in you.

Thought for the day: Many who believe they have the last word rarely do.

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Week Fifty-one — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Ancestry of Jesus — Luke 3: 37,38


Luke 3: 37, 38 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, the son of Enosh, the Son of Seth, the son of Adam, the Son of God.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, how humbled we are as we recognize the gift of your presence among us at Christmas.

Thought for the day: In Adam we are all kinsfolk


Malachi 4:1, 2 Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace.  All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty.  “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.  Bu for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.  And you will go out and leap like calves released for the stall.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, though we say we long for your return, we confess our unreadiness for your return.

Thought for the day: Having endless wrapping paper for presents would not make us ready for Christmas.


Genesis 1: 26, 27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Prayer:  Lord God, may you enable us to see in our fellow men and women your good Spirit.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “The Jesus in me loves the Jesus in you.”


2 Samuel 7:12,13 When your days [David] are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.  He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Prayer:  Lord God, through the centuries you have planned to give us Christ Jesus as king.

Thought for the day:  Some classic designs cannot be improved upon.


I Corinthians 15:45 So it is written: “the first man Adam became a living being” the last Adam, a live-giving spirit.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we confess you are first from the grave to live eternally, and you are the giver of life.

Thought for the day:  To be part of the family of the second Adam, that is, Jesus, is a choice we each must make.


Romans 8:15, 16 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba Father.”  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Prayer:  Lord God, with the gift of the Holy Spirit we humbly claim our place as children of God.

Thought for the day:  Jesus sent the Spirit as a comforter.


I John 3:1, 2 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, the very thought that we shall be made like you thrills us.

Thought for the day:  Eternity is a fitting place for the children of God to dwell.

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Week Fifty — Verse by Verse Bible Study — The Ancestry of Jesus — Mark 3: 3


Mark 6:3 Isn’t this the carpenter?  Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon?” Aren’t his sisters here with us?” and they took offense at him.

Prayer:  Jesus, we given thanks that you came into the world to share our life.

Thought for the day: Jesus was one of seven children born to Mary.


Matthew 12:48,49 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.

Prayer:  Lord God, how grateful we are that you have created an eternal family for all of us.

Thought for the day: Kinship of the Spirit can be thicker than kinship of blood.


Hebrews 2:10,11 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.  Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.  So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, how proud we are to be called your brothers and sisters in faith.

Thought for the day:  Neither time, nor gender, nor race are barriers to the family of faith.


Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you were the firstborn from the dead that we might follow you into eternity.

Thought for the day: When you climb Jacob’s ladder, ever rung goes higher, higher.


Luke 1:68, 69 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.  He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.

Prayer: Ah, Lord God, you have done as you promised.   You have sent us a Savior.

Thought for the day: When you share Jesus, you share the greatest Christmas gift.


Luke 2:6,7 While they were there [in Bethlehem], the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and place him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, your birth reminds us of God’s incredible love for the world

Thought for the day:  Believing in God’s Son, Jesus, is an incredible gift no one should pass up.


Hebrews 13:1, 2 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may the example of your extraordinary love inspire us daily.

Thought for the day:  Jesus never met an unlovable person.

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Adult Bible Study Outline — Mark 6: 1-6

F – I – R – S – T

Note: Both Matthew and Mark confirm that Jesus was one of seven children.  He had four brothers, and he had at least two sisters.  He was the first of Mary’s children

Family – Jesus grew up with six siblings, and he knew how to share.

Incarnation – When we speak of God in the flesh, that is, God incarnate, we should not overlook all the daily challenges that Jesus faced as one of us.

Redemption – Jesus came to fulfill the promise to David that God would redeem Israel.

Son – Jesus was the son of Mary, and he was the Son of God.

Tribute – The gift of Jesus was a tribute to God’s great love for the world. Read John 3:16.

Week Forty-nine — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jesus’ Ancestry — Matthew 1:1, 2


Matthew 1: 1, 2 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac, the father of Jacob; Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, like Abraham of old we would be counted in the family of faith.

Thought for the day:  Faith rises above the limitations of time and space.


Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.

Prayer:  Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, the very thought of you coming to live among us leaves us in humble awe.

Thought for the day:  Jesus, the very Son of God, is one immigrant come from a great distance whom we dare not turn away.


Matthew 1:18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, truly your coming to this world to spend time with us was a miracle.

Thought for the day: Heaven keeps sending special souls into our lives to share the love of God.


Luke 3:38 [The ancestry of Jesus was] the son of Enos the Son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Prayer: Lord God, when we count the godly ancestors in our family tree we find ourselves moving closer to you.

Thought for the day: In faith, your ancestors prayed that your generation would find God.


Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

Prayer: Almighty God, through the ages you have prepared a blessing for our generation.

Thought for the day: Time capsules pass love from one generation to another.


Hebrews 1: 5, 6 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father and he will be my Son”?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we confess you are the only begotten Son of God sent by God for our salvation.

Thought for the day: Why worship an angel, when you can worship the Lord of angels?


Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as we travel life’s narrow pathway we are so grateful you stopped to show us God’s mercy, grace, and love.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Turn your eyes on Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.”

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