CSR Daily Devotion

Did you see it last night? Did you feel the wonder as you gazed up at “The Christmas Star? Did you feel a smidge of anticipation in realizing how special this “Great Conjunction” is? Click here to read this NASA article that states how last night was the first time in 800 years (YES, 800!) that Jupiter and Saturn would line up so closely together, at nighttime. And it’s the first time in history it happened on the winter solstice. That’s pretty special. Right before Jesus’ birthday, we get to see a part of the Christmas story brought to life before our eyes.

Well, I forgot all about this last night until I started seeing posts after the peak moment to see the “star” had already passed. But I still feel a much needed boost of hope, faith, and wonder for this Christmas and the new year ahead!

Speaking of bright and shiny stars, Ms. Holly Furtick was a supernova speaker last weekend at Elevation Church. Before you get wrapped up in Christmas sermons, you have got to watch Ms. Furtick bring a powerful word to help close out 2020.

I’ve got two amazing songs in the number #4 spot! First up is Mr. Chris Tomlin’s “He Shall Reign Forevermore.” Hope is on the horizon my friends. The great victor will ride His white steed soon.

And my second song is a fun, energetic anthem to remind you of the Baby King, born under that bright “Christmas Star” nearly 2000 years ago. Jason Gray made a masterpiece with this single, “Baby King.”

December 22-A Day of Celebration! For those actually following the reading plan…

11I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice he judges and wages war.  12His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns.  He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  13He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.  14The armies of heaven were following him , riding on white horses and dressing in fine linen, white and clean.  15Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.  “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”  He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  16On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.  (Revelation 19:11-16)

On this day of victory we look at the most victorious image of Christ in Revelation.  Sitting on His white horse, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, called Faithful and True.  The Word of God who has returned to strike down all the nations with an iron scepter.  The merciful Lamb, the Prince of Peace will defeat the world and all those who refused to believe, who refused to love, who refused to live like Christ.

Today, as you complete the reading plans, you will have finished reading the entire Bible, cover-to-cover.  It’s the most widely circulated book in the history of mankind, yet only a small percentage have done what you have.  Your conqueror stands before you, ready to fight for you.  The battle belongs to Jesus, and you have completed one of the most important acts of worship.  God Bless you.

Reading plan:  Revelation 22-You did it!

Deeper reading plan:  Malachi 4-Congrats!  You read the entire Bible!

Prayer and meditation:  What a glorious day!  You have finished the entire Bible!  I pray that this momentous milestone means the world to you, because it does for me.

Fitness challenge:  We’re going to start doing AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible):  Do a good stretch and then do as many round as possible of the following in 15-minutes:

  1. 10 x Jumping Squats
  2. 10 x Situps
  3. 20 x jumping lunges (10 each leg)
  4. 10 x Cross punch sit-up
  5. 20 x Flowsteps (10-each leg)

Run:  Tuesday is our interval running: Run four miles, jogging for two-minutes, “sprinting” for 60 seconds.


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