Friday December 6, 2013
According to God's plan for worship in the wilderness tabernacle
, one man was set apart from all other Israelitesthe high priest. He wore specific garments, an intricate pattern designed by God. The high priest alone was allowed entrance to the holy of holies, and then only once a year on the Day of Atonement
, or Yom Kippur
. As mediator between a Holy God
and sinful men, the high priest made the yearly sacrificial offering to pay for the sins
of the people.
The book of Hebrews goes into great detail explaining the connection between this ancient high priest, mediator of the Old Covenant, and the God-man, Jesus Christ, eternal mediator of a New Covenant.
Here is just a snippet of insight from Hebrews 9:11-15:
So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood--not the blood of goats and calves--he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
... Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them... (NLT)
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Thursday December 5, 2013
This week's post is a member-submitted Christian poem called The Holiday Prayer
. This prayer reminds us to care for the homeless
, broken and poor at Christmas.
The Holiday Prayer
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The sidewalks and the roadways
Have now become my home
Since misfortune somehow found me
I've been wandering alone
The coldness and the darkness
Of every passing night
Leads me to a shelter
That for tonight feels alright
You'd not think it's perfect
It's loud and space is tight
But if they have a bed for me
It's perfect for this night
Read more ... The Holiday Prayer by Spencer Betz.
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Tuesday December 3, 2013
Many of us are forced to get by on a tighter budget this Christmas. Not only are we spending less on gifts, even the most generous donors are trimming back on their charitable giving
Some Christians may feel they have to choose between charitable giving and gift giving in this tough economy. And more than ever, we realize how important it is to choose wisely by giving only to trustworthy and reliable charities.
Today, on Giving Tuesday, here are a few simple tips to maximize your donations, stretch your dollars, and make the most impact with your charitable giving this holiday season:
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Tuesday December 3, 2013
The 12 Days of Christmas
is a collection of 12 daily devotionals to inspire and encourage the spirit of Christmas and prepare you for the New Year. Each daily devotion includes a Christmas quotation, a Bible verse and a thought for the day.
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