Few Things Are Needed

To my dear and beloved GRC family, It has been some time since my last VOG so I pray that our Heavenly Father is leading you all into greater worship in each day and in each moment and into His matchless peace and joy! As the high point of this holiday season passes and we look forward to the new year; please …

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Monday, December 25: Angels Announce the Redeemer

Luke 24:25-27 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. I Peter 1:10-12 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who …

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Sunday, December 24: Malachi Looks for the Covenant Messenger

Exodus 23:20-21 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.  Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.” Isaiah 40:3-5 A voice of one calling:“In the wilderness prepare    the way for the LORD;make …

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Saturday, December 23: Zechariah Longs for the King

Zechariah 9:9-10 (ESV) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!Behold, your king is coming to you;    righteous and having salvation is he,humble and mounted on a donkey,    on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim    and the war horse from Jerusalem;and the battle bow shall be cut off,    and he shall speak peace to the nations;his …

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Friday, December 22: Nahum Longs for Deliverance

Nahum 1:12-15 This is what the LORD says: “Although they have allies and are numerous,    they will be destroyed and pass away.Although I have afflicted you, Judah,    I will afflict you no more. Now I will break their yoke from your neck    and tear your shackles away.”  The LORD has given a command concerning you, Nineveh:    “You will have no descendants to bear your name.I will destroy the images and idols    that are …

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Christmas: More Receiving than Giving?

Are you ready for Christmas?  Perhaps you hold to a Christmas tradition with a decorated tree stuffed underneath with a bounty of wrapped gifts to be opened on Christmas morning (or at midnight in my household because my kids stay up!).  No doubt there is an innate sense of excitement to see what shiny things might be ours, and the …

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Thursday, December 21: Micah Longs for A Ruler

Micah 5:1-5a Marshal your troops now, city of troops,    for a siege is laid against us.They will strike Israel’s ruler    on the cheek with a rod.“ But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,    though you are small among the clans of Judah,out of you will come for me    one who will be ruler over Israel,whose origins are from of old,    from ancient times.” Therefore Israel will be abandoned    until the time when she …

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Wednesday, December 20: Hosea Portrays Redeeming Love

Hosea 3:1-5 The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, …

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Tuesday, December 19: Esther: Where Is Our Redeemer?

Esther 3:5-6 When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes. Esther 4:12-14 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back …

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Monday, December 18: Ezekiel Longs for a Good Shepherd

Ezekiel 34:11-12 “‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.  As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.’” Ezekiel 34:22-24 “’I will save …

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