Joye B. Baker

Immanuel: God with Us

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23, NASB) As you begin your reading for today, I encourage you to first read Matthew 1:1–17. Matthew’s Gospel begins with the genealogy of Joseph, which gives evidence of …

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Yes, Lord

And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”  (Luke 1:38, NASB) Nine months before our Savior’s birth, an angel appeared to a young Jewish girl, Mary, whom Scripture describes as a virgin, engaged to a man named Joseph. Prior to that angelic visit, Mary …

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Lord of Peace

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!” (2 Thessalonians 3:16, NASB). As the apostle Paul ends his second letter to the Thessalonian church, he prays they would have peace in the midst of ALL their circumstances. So often, we think of peace …

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Our Bridegroom

“And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut” (Matthew 25:10, NASB) The Christmas season gives each of us the opportunity to remember, reflect upon, and celebrate the first coming of Jesus as …

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