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King Saul sought after his own glory, directly disobeyed God, and God withdrew from him. For the second king of
David was not a perfect king by any means, but every time he failed, he turned back to God for forgiveness and another chance. Through David, God would continue the promise he made to Abraham to bring a true king, not only to
Today’s Ornament – The Shepherd’s Staff
Today’s Bible Verse – I Samuel 16:6-7
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Now that Israel had a homeland, they wanted a king… just like all the other countries. God wasn’t too happy about his chosen people wanting to be like everyone else, but they whined and asked and whined some more, so God chose a king for them. He picked a man named Saul, a strong tall man who looked every bit the king. But Saul turned out to be an arrogant disaster of a leader, more concerned with his own power than with God's.
Only one king could ever satisfy the longings of God’s people. He'd wear a crown of thorns. And he wouldn’t be born for hundreds of years.
Today’s Ornament – The Crown
Today’s Bible Verse – Revelation 19:16
On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
God gave a lot of laws, all of them to help the people live happy, holy lives, but there were 10 main ones that we call the 10 commandments. The Israelites proved pretty quickly that they couldn’t even keep the 10 laws. In fact, they broke the 1st commandment while God was speaking!
Even as they melted their jewelry down to build an idol to worship, God was already planning to give a better solution for his people to come back to him.
Today’s Ornament – The 10 Commandments
Today’s Bible Verse – James 2:10
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Joseph and his brothers stayed in
The pharaoh let the Israelites go and Moses led them out of
Today’s Ornament – The Lamb
Today’s Bible Verse –Exodus 12:26-27
Monday, December 07, 2009
Jacob had 12 sons. One of them, the one he loved the best, was called Joseph. Jacob gave his son Joseph a beautiful coat, but he gave nothing to his other sons. They were jealous. They sold Joseph into slavery and thought they’d seen the end of him, but God had bigger plans. He used Joseph to help save
They found food, they found their brother, and they found that God can take wicked plans and use them for good.
Today’s Ornament – Many-colored Coat
Today’s Bible Verse – Genesis 50:19-20
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Isaac had a son named Jacob who was a bit of a scoundrel. After he tricked his brother out of his birthright and tricked his father out of his blessing, he had to run away. While he was on the run, he had a dream. In his dream, a ladder reached from earth to heaven and angels were going up and down the ladder. God promised Jacob he would give him the land he slept on, for himself and the nation that would come from his family.
Many years later, Jesus would say that he was the ladder, the connection between heaven and earth. (John 1:51)
Today’s Ornament – The Ladder
Today’s Bible Verse – Genesis 28:12-14
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Abram, now called Abraham, had the son he’d always wanted. And this son, Isaac, was promised to be the son through whom God’s promise would be fulfilled. Only God put Abraham to the test again by asking him to sacrifice Isaac. Can you imagine being asked to give up the one thing you love the most? Yet God never asks his people to do anything he wouldn’t do for them.
Abraham trusted that God would provide a way for his precious son to live.
And God did. He provided a ram to be sacrificed in place of Isaac. And the promise lived on.
Today’s Ornament – The Knife
Today’s Bible Verse – Genesis 22:7-8
Friday, December 04, 2009
God likes to do great things through unlikely people. To start a great nation, he chose an old man with no children. He showed the whole night sky to Abram and promised that his descendants would be more than all the stars in the sky. Abram believed God and God called him righteous.
Today’s Ornament – Field of Stars
Today’s Bible Verse – Genesis 15:5-6
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Just as predicted, man turned to wickedness. Only Noah stood righteous before God. God could have destroyed all of mankind, but he decided to give them another chance. On God’s instructions, Noah and his sons built an ark to hold all kinds of animals during a world-wide flood. The destruction of the world and all the people in it made God sad. He made a promise to Noah that he would never destroy the world with a flood again. He set a rainbow in the sky as a reminder of his promise.
Today’s Symbol – The Rainbow
Today’s Bible Verse – Genesis 9:14-15
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
When God made the first two people, Adam and Eve, he loved them very much. He walked in the garden with them in the cool of the evening. He only gave them one rule – do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But Adam and Eve, being human, could not resist the fruit, especially after Satan the serpent told them how tasty it must be. They ate it and, by doing so, incurred the punishment of death. In his mercy, God allowed them to live, but he put in motion the plan that would save Adam and Eve and their children and their children’s children from the death they all deserved.
Today’s Ornament – The Apple
Today’s Bible Verse – Gen. 3 :13-15
Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Before creation, God is. And with him, and part of him, is Jesus, God who would be flesh already prepared to take on the burden of the people he has not yet made.
Today’s Bible Verse – John 1:1