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N is for Noble

He [David] was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. (1 Samuel 16:12-13)

Jesus the Good Shepherd

Jesus the Good Shepherd

Samuel first met David as a shepherd boy tending his father’s sheep. The youngest of Jesse’s sons, David was considered by his father and the culture to be the least among the sons. However, God found him to be the most noble—the one whom He chose to reign over Israel.

David became king of Israel after Saul. Although David sinned grievously, he repented and remained faithful to God, proving himself noble to the core. Through David’s bloodline Jesus Christ was born. (Read more about David in Read 1 Samuel 16, 17 and 2 Samuel 7:1‐17, and the Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1).

Not only was David a descendent of Jesus, he was also a foreshadowing of the King to come. David was a lowly shepherd of sheep who became king. Jesus is the Good Shepherd of His people and someday He’ll be the KING of kings. There is none so noble as Jesus Christ.

How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter N?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

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One King

Seventeenth Day of Advent, 2013

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem… . On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:1, 11 NIV)

Dawning of a Brand New Day

Dawning of a Brand New Day

We’re all acquainted with the gifts of the Magi. But do we know where they come from, what they’re used for, and what they symbolize?

Frankincense derives from a milky white resin extracted from species of the genus Boswellia, which thrive in arid, cool areas of the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and India.

Myrrh is a reddish resin that comes from species of the genus Commiphora, which are native to northeast Africa and the adjacent areas of the Arabian Peninsula.

Uses:

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Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ Second Advent.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

While You Were Sleeping

Second Day of Advent 2013

So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. (1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 NIV)

SleepingMuch of life happens while we sleep. On the other side of the world, the sun shines. People go through their day, working, playing, laughing, and crying. Even on the same side of the hemisphere, many people work at night. I don’t know, but I’ve been told a city never sleeps. Activities continue around the clock. During the night, we celebrate, carouse, and do evil. Read more and listen to While You Were Sleeping

Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ second coming.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Our Sunday Best

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10 AMP)

Princess Bride 2The other day my husband and I met our pastor and his wife in the local Wal-Mart. Seeing them in tee shirts and shorts seemed a little odd. Not that it was a bad thing. We just become accustomed to seeing certain people, like our pastors and their wives, in particular settings and dressed accordingly.

While preparing for Sunday school a couple days later, I thought about my own appearance at the store…caprices, tee shirt, hair pulled back, and no makeup. It occurred to me that… Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Conduct Yourself Like Royalty

Soul Detox

Part 17

And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17 Amp)

Princess ColoredHave you ever noticed people of royalty conduct themselves differently than commoners and paupers? From their crossed ankles while sitting, to their extended pinkies while drinking, to their squared shoulders while standing, to their pursed lips while speaking, they exemplify a standard for which the rest of us should strive.

As children of God, we, too, must conduct ourselves in a manner that brings honor to our Father and King. He has been very specific in His requirements:

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See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks