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    25 Devotions – Day Twenty Four

    The Native: The Star Seed Genesis 26:4 4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Numbers 24:17 17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. Scientists tell us, a star’s life begins with a gravitational collapse. Since nature reflects the spiritual, what collapse could occur…

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    25 Devotions – Day Five

    The Native: More Than A List Of Names Day Five… Matthew 1:4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; Have you ever noticed the two lists, one in Matthew, and the other in Luke? They are genealogies. According to Scofield, Matthew lists Joseph’s lineage, and Luke lists Mary’s family. Luke mentioning Joseph because he was her husband. Some may wonder why The Lord took time to recite them all. Others may have wanted it to be filled with information about the Infant Christ. The wonderful thing is, God intentionally made a place for what others may think as just a register. To Him, this is…

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    25 Devotions- Day Four

    The Native: His First Words This is the continuing celebration of The Native, in words and pictures.   Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now:for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. A child’s first words are huge. I would guess that every parent remembers them. We don’t know what The Lord Jesus’ first words were, each Gospel chooses a different phrase to introduce us to The Master’s Voice. In Matthew, He is talking to John The Baptist. Suffer in the original means allow. Jesus is saying, Allow this now, for we are called to fulfill all righteousness.…

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    25 Devotions- Day Three

    The Native: In The Order Of His Course Luke 1:5-8 5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife [was] of the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elisabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were [now] well stricken in years. 8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, He was “of the…

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    25 Devotions – Day Two

    In The Days Of Herod/Hero This is our second post in our Bible Study “The Native”. We hope that you enjoy, and follow along with us, as we explore the greatest birth in the history of the world. Luke 1:1 1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, This verse both refreshes and energizes me. It contains three words that are lacking from many parts of our culture. The phrase, “most surely believed among us,” reflects the conviction of the New Testament Church. Sadly, “most surely believed”, is noticeably absent from much of…

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    25 Devotions – Day One

    In celebration of our Christmas Bible Study Devotional, we will share a devotion from The Native.  The Native is a very special combination of words and pictures, inspired by The Lord Jesus.  Today is our introduction to The Native … It examines the miraculous plan of God. The fact that the First Citizen Of Eternity became a citizen of Earth. He, whose innocence was so foreign to man, became The Son Of Man. We call it simply “The Native”. It will look at a combination of Scriptures. These include the first two chapters of Matthew and Luke, and the first chapter of John. Also the prophecies of His birth in…

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    25 Devotions – Day Twenty Five

    The Native: The Native Rex John 19:19-20 19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews. 20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm was written over the cross. We know it as Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews, and we know that it means so much more than a monarch of a single people. What fascinated me, was the use of the word Rex, an…

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    25 Devotions – Day Twenty Three

    The Native: Jesus Christ To The Strangers “…Jesus Christ, to the strangers…” 1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, I included both references so you would see the complete verse, but today, those five words stuck out to me. The Message translates it as, “I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah, writing to exiles scattered to the four winds…” Both versions are beautiful, but what struck me was the dual meaning of those words. Now, we are citizens of another kingdom, one not of this world, but there was a time when we…

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    25 Devotions – Day Twenty Two

    The Native: Paul’s Nativity Hebrews 1:6 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. The Apostle Paul covered many subjects. One he spoke very little on, was Christ’s birth in Bethlehem. Except for this verse, and I had passed over it for years. There’s only one event in The New Testament it could be referring to. Like Hebrews, it involved The Christ, angels, and shepherds. I like to think of this verse as Paul’s Nativity. Luke 2:13-15 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,…

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    25 Devotions – Day Twenty One

    The Native: More Than You Ever Dreamed Matthew 2:9 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. It’s amazing how people at Christmas time view The Nativity. Many never stop to read the events, and base them on memories and perception. This week was an example of that. A program wrongly attempted to say that the wise men had questions when they left because they found a child instead of a king. I try to keep an open mind, and I listened to their argument,…