Each week we post a scripture to challenge you to hide God’s Word in your heart. Commit it to memory, meditate on it and apply it to your life.
This week’s memory verse:
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Meditate and apply:
- God doesn’t leave it for us to guess what He expects of us. The entire Bible is an instruction book for how God expects us to live. He tells us what is good and what He requires of us. When Israel started questioning God about what kind of sacrifices would please God, God’s response is, “You should already know this. I’ve already told you way back then as I brought you out of Egypt and met with you at the mountain and gave Moses the law.” But then He summed it up by saying He sought Israel’s justice, mercy, and humility. They didn’t need more sacrifices. They needed a change of heart. Without the heart being changed, Israel’s could follow the Law exactly, but it would be nothing more than hypocrisy. The same is true for us. We can go to church, read out Bible, give a tithe, sing in the choir, serve in the parking lot, or clean the church toilets, but if our heart has never experienced change from a black, dirty, sinful heart to being washed in the blood of Jesus and made as white as snow, then everything we do is hypocrisy.
- We are to act justly. This means to live with a sense of right and wrong according to God’s standards – not man’s. Where God is concerned, there are no “gray areas.” Man also doesn’t get to change the rules along the way because they don’t like God’s laws and they don’t want to have to feel guilty for living against God’s law. There is also a social context to acting justly. The judicial courts in Micah’s days were responsible for protecting the innocent, but there was much injustice going on. We still need to protect the innocent and act justly.
- We are to love mercy. The Hebrew word hesed means “loyal love” or “loving-kindness. We need to act justly, but justice should also be tempered with mercy. Justice and mercy are two foundational characteristics of who God is. (Psalm 89:14). Because God is loyal in His love for us, so we should demonstration loving-kindness to others and we should be loyal in our love towards God.
- To “walk humbly” describes an attitude of the heart towards God. We depend on Him and not ourselves. We should bring anything pridefully before God but to come to Him with a heart that is committed to justice and love. When we love God as we should, then it is evident outwardly towards others as we seek and do justice, inwardly as we love mercy, and God-ward when we walk humbly before Him.
- In which of these areas is the Holy Spirit saying, “Hey, we need to work on that?” Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you about acting justly, seeking mercy, and walking humbly.
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants. Today, Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
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|Expecting Christmas: Daily Readings for the Season of Joy
By Iron Stream Media
Ever wonder what could happen this Christmas if you were truly centered on Christ’s coming? Immerse yourself in this series of devotional readings to help fix your heart on the Savior. Encounter joy as the real reason for the hope within us that comes to fruition, and celebrate his birth anew! Reflection questions included. 127 pages, 4″ x 6.25″ softcover from New Hope.
|Nativity Advent Wreath
By Wendy Wiinanen / Demdaco
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|Foundations, Holy Family LED Figure Figurine
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|Lighted Silhouette Nativity Wreath
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|O Holy Night, Lighted Ceramic Decoration
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|The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger
By Lee Strobel / Zondervan
Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God.
Who was he really? And how can you know for sure?
Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, award-winning legal journalist Lee Strobel searches out the true identity of the child in the manger. If Jesus really was God in the flesh, then there ought to be credible evidence, including:
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|A Baxter Family Christmas
By Karen Kingsbury / Howard Books
The Baxters always spend Christmas together. Each family member struggles with their father’s decision to invite the new owner of their sister’s heart to such a joyous occasion. They may miss out if they choose not to go. Forgiveness doesn’t come easy when it’s yourself you must forgive.
|Maggie’s Christmas Miracle, DVD
By Karen Kingsbury / Hallmark
A single mom, Maggie tries to balance devotion to her son, Jordan, with her career. Then she meets Casey, a tutor who’s becoming more of a father figure to Jordan. With the help of faith and fate, will Maggie discover that anything is possible at Christmas—even finding happiness and love again? Based on the novel by Karen Kingsbury. English subtitles. Closed-captioned. Approx. 85 minutes.
|Real Life Nativity Set, Complete Collection, 10.25-inch size
Traditional and elegant Real Life Nativity Complete set is truly lifelike in color, design, facial expression, and detail. Set includes 15 figures and lighted stable; figures range to 10.25″ tall.Mary kneels in loving adoration beside the Christ child and Joseph’s expression reflects love and joy. The baby Jesus can be held in Mary’s arms or swaddled in the manger. Kneeling Mary figure is 6″ tall; manger is 2.5″ high and baby Jesus figure is 2.75″ long.
Also included: shepherds and angel three-piece set, three kings with gifts of gold,frankincense, and myrrh; pedestal star; four animalsand lighted stable in which to display the Nativity Scene.
Crafted of resin, museum quality, heirloom nativity set in representation of the birth of Jesus Christ.
|Foundations, Nativity with Creche Set
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|Nativity Set, Sparkle Frost, 11 Pieces, 5 Inches
Nativity Set 11 pieces, cast in resin, ranging to 5″ high.What makes this unique?
Set includes Holy Family, angel, three kings with gifts, and shepherd with sheep, plus three animals.
In the joy of holiday celebrations and family get-togethers, it’s easy to overlook the true meaning of our Christmas. The nativity set turns us to the arrival of the promised Savior, the Messiah, Emmanuel. God with us. In vivid imagery and detail, we see the Christ child in a stable, the Savior of the world has come.
|All is Calm All is Bright Pillow
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|Prince Of Peace Table Runner
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|Foundations, Holy Family LED Figure Figurine
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|The Wonder of the Greatest Gift–An Interactive Family Celebration of Advent
A Family Advent Activity that can be used year after year!
Reclaim the wonder of Christmas as you open up this book and watch the tree pop-up! Every day of December, open the enclosed booklet and read your daily love letter from The Greatest Story ever told, right from our beginning in Genesis to our King’s coming under Bethlehem’s star. Know that His love has always, always, always been coming for you!
After the day’s reading, fling open the one of the 25 advent doors – and discover that day’s Biblical ornament to hang on your very own tree that will end up telling the grandest Gospel story, from the Beginning to Bethlehem!
|Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope
By Louie Giglio / Thomas Nelson
This year, anticipate the busy season of Advent and Christmas with hope rather than dread. Join Passion conference founder and pastor Louie Giglio as you take hold of God’s great promise embodied in the 24-day countdown to Christ’s birth. Discover that waiting is not wasting when you’re waiting on the Lord. You’ll come away with peace and encouragement for your soul! 112 pages, paperback.
|Merry Christmas Platter
Oval Merry Christmas platter with Bible verse quote from John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Creamy ivory ceramic platter is 12″ x 9″ with recessed center and raised beaded design border. A festive accent for your Christmas table or party, and on display it’s a timeless Christmas message of hope.
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|Merry Christmas Pallet Art
Christmas wall art, pallet decor
Christmas ornament in elegant marquise shape, is crafted of wood and beautifully displays the true story of Christmas, the birth of Christ in museum quality artwork and design. 5″ x 3.25″, with quote from Isaiah 9:6 Wonderful, Counselor….Prince of Peace. Artwork by Jon McNaughton.Trim the tree, or give as a meaningful Christmas gift. Flat wood ornament with Scripture verse.
|Merry Christmas Door Mat
Seasonal doormat for Christmas
|Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Confetti, Platter
By Lori Siebert / Demdaco
|Joy to the World Light Box
By Carson Home Accents
Add warmth to your room decor with plug-in light box framed design
Little hearts will love the Fisher-Price ® Little People ® Nativity Set! Engage your toddler in the joy of celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with their own nativity set, complete with chubby, child-friendly figures and all the key characters that bring to life the story of Baby Jesus’ birth.
Celebrate the joy of Christmas with family-friendly Fisher-Price Nativity, an interactive playset that focuses on the first Christmas. Colorful, durable Little People include figures of Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus, plus the Christmas angel, wise men, animals, accessories and a stable, with light-up Christmas star! Includes 18 pieces altogether. Push the sound button to hear Away in a Manger softly play. On/Off switch for sound and light is in the back; requires 3 AA batteries (not included).
Kids can enjoy assembling the characters and retelling the story all through December.
Trusted toy design from Fisher-Price to teach the best Christmas story ever, for children and toddlers, Sunday School and nursery, baby shower and early Christmas gift idea.
Recommended age for play is 12 months to 4 years.