Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas: Monday, January 5, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

We see the Lord call Joshua to take the lead after Moses' death. And Joshua said, how can I do that?  Moses was the greatest leader the people had ever know.  How could he follow after him?  The task was too great.  

And God said, as I was with Moses so shall I be with you.  Do not fear.  I am with you. For it is the greatness of men that make them great.  It is the greatness of God. 

Today, through His strength, you can do all things that He has called you to. Whatever it is.  You can do it.  If He has called you, given you that vision, giving you that leading, through Him, you can do it!  Fear not!  He is with you.  

New Testament Lesson

In this new year, that's a great passage.  Let us lay aside the weight and sin of the past. It's a new day.  It is.  Today is new. It's a new year.  Full of new life, new potential, new possibility.  Let us lay aside those things from last year. Those things that weighed us down.  Let us start anew. Let us start afresh.  Let us press on towards what God has for us, and let us run with confidence. 

For today is a new day! 

Gospel Lesson

Jesus is the vine.  He is the source of our lives, the source of beings.  And life is found only in Him.  We will not find the life we desire in other things. But, in Him, we will find that fullness of life we truly desire.  Through the life of Christ, we can know what it means to truly life.  Today, and in this new year, let us live fully and deeply within the vine of life, Jesus Christ. 

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