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Today's Devotional: 
December 1, 2021

The Beginning

Read: Psalm 145

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (v. 1)

Advent is a new beginning. Advent is a fresh start for the cosmos. Today, Mark brings us to this beginning. That first verse packs a wallop. In his usual terse way—Mark is never one to waste words—Mark tells us this is the beginning of the gospel, of the good news. Then he identifies the man from Nazareth named Jesus and immediately tells us he is the Christ, the Messiah promised from of old. And then we are told he is no less than God’s own Son. A person could spend a lifetime unpacking just these dozen words.

No one is sure how far this “beginning” extends in Mark. Is the beginning just this first chapter? Part of the first chapter? Or might it be that the entire book of Mark is itself just the beginning? In any event we start with the blunt confession that Jesus is God’s chosen and anointed Christ. Jesus is the One! But since he is God’s Son, we recognize that the divine member of the Trinity who was born as a human with the name of Jesus had existed from all eternity.

That’s good news too because it tells us that the one who advented into this world that starry night in Bethlehem has the necessary divine power to save us from our sins. Being saved is the end of the story for each of us. But it begins with Jesus the Christ, God’s own Son! —Scott Hoezee

As you pray, may the Spirit fill you with wonder over God’s Son being born as Jesus.

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Joy Petroelje

Humility in Prayer

READ : Luke 18:9-14 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (v. 14) It doesn’t take too much digging into the Bible to realize God honors, and expects, a humble heart.

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Adam Stout

Saul’s Armor

READ : 1 Samuel 17:19-39 Then Saul . . . put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. (v. 38 NIV) Before David went out to face Goliath, King Saul dressed David in his own

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Jessica Heikoop

Moses: “Reluctant Leader”

READ : Exodus 3-4:17 Oh, my Lord, please send someone else. (4:13) Moses didn’t exactly see himself as being a spokesperson for God. When God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses’ first reaction was disbelief. Even when

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Peggy Byland

Uncover His Feet

READ : Ruth 3:1-18 Go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do. (v. 4) Barley threshing was in progress, and each evening following their work Boaz and his men celebrated another harvest

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Leanne VanDyk

Hezekiah’s Prayer for Healing

READ : Isaiah 38:1-6 Remember now, O Lord, I implore you, how I have walked before you in faithfulness. (v. 3) Such a short, simple prayer certainly had a remarkable result. King Hezekiah was very ill. When the prophet Isaiah told

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Leanne VanDyk

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

READ : 1 Kings 8:22-30 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built! (v. 27) When an ocean liner or aircraft carrier is dedicated,

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Leanne VanDyk

Jehoshaphat’s Prayer for Deliverance

READ : 2 Chronicles 20:5-17 O Lord, God of our ancestors, are you not God in heaven? (v. 6) Messengers came to King Jehoshaphat one day with the terrifying news that an enormous army was gathered against the people of Judah.

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Leanne VanDyk

Samson’s Prayer of Revenge

READ : Judges 16:23-31 Lord God, remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God. (v. 28) Is it possible for someone to pray an authentic prayer that asks for revenge? That is exactly what Samson prayed for. This is

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Leanne VanDyk

Moses’ Prayer of Repentance

READ : Exodus 32:15-20, Exodus 32:30-34 But now, if you will only forgive their sin — but if not, blot me out of the book that you have written. (v. 32) What should have been a wonderful time of celebration and joy

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