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    December 31 Standing on the Promises

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    In 1886, Russell Kelso Carter penned the words to this famous hymn. Carter drew his inspiration from 1 Peter 1:12 and 2 Peter 1:3-4 along with several other verses. 1 Standing on the promises of Christ my king, through eternal ages let his praises ring; glory in the highest, I...
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    December 30 His Promised Gift

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    Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter‬ 4:8‬ NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ I recall a time when I lied to a dear friend to save my pride. I felt my reputation was at stake. Over time, the weight of...
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    December 29 Christmas Gifts

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    God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV Peter tells us that God has promised each one of us a special spiritual gift, and I love recalling the way my grandson discovered...
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    December 28 The Donut Heist

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    For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 1 Peter 1:6 NIV Daddy had promised me, his three-year-old daughter, a donut when we went to do last minute...
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    December 27 The Invitation

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    According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope…1 Peter 1:3b ESV Neil and I are standing at the back of the church, he with one boy and I with the other. People keep turning around and glaring. The butterflies in my...
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    December 25 Promises! Promises!

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    Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV Remember all those playground promises? “I promise to be your friend forever.” “I’ll let you go first if you promise to share your candy with me.” “If I tell you a secret, will you promise...
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    December 24 Christ, our Hope

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    “It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation…” 1 Peter 1:3b NLT As a missionary’s kid, I grew up among the Native Canadian Indians. On Christmas day, we had a small tree...
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    December 23 Against All Odds

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    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ …1 Peter 1:3 NAS In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton set out for his third expedition to...
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    December 22 The Joy of Gifts

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    As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10 NAS Because of my dad’s religion, our family did not exchange Christmas presents for most of my childhood. I never understood using religion to...