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“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east of Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.’ And when they were come into the house…

“And lo, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: For I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a sa…

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which have no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a…

Ursula has found her spot in the sun. The breeze blows lightly over her as she checks everything out. The kitchen door? No, still closed. She turns her head. Maybe something is happening with the garage door. No, still closed. When it opens, she will check the new cupboard where the two-legg…

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all …

“Yet if any man suffer as a christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time has come that judgment must begin in the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely…

When real-estate agent Debby Auble began cooking meals in March for elderly people with various dietary restrictions, she thought she may be doing it for a few weeks. Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s still at it.

“O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again. Thou hast made the Earth to tremble; Thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. Thou hast showed thy people hard things thou hast made us to drink the wine of as…

“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape if we neglect so g…

”Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you and will d…

“Wherefore the Lord said, ‘For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me, is taught by the precept of men.’” Isaiah 29:13

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press to the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, …

In Birdland, we had our first frost. I knew it was coming and had a harvest of herbs and squash on my to-do list for the day but lost track of time. In the wee hours, I remembered the plants from the front porch, so I carried in my Norfolk Island pine and the big dish of succulents I planted…

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery; but I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; for it is…

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do not iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed t…