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  • ~Jesse Tree: A Plan like no other~ (Day 24)

    On Wednesday, January 18 th, 2006

    Today’s Reading: Matthew 1:18-25Jesse Tree:A Plan like no Other Joseph being a righteous man—and a carpenter—has a blueprint for a seemingly wise plan. But God pierces a midnight dream with blindingly light to tell righteous Joseph that his plan to quietly put Mary away isn’t a good one. Because he is betrothed to one carrying a baby who is unlike any other baby ever...

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  • On Wednesday, January 18 th, 2006

    Believing the impossible with an open heart…(Jesse Tree Symbol Day 23)

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  • ~Jesse Tree: Repentance Makes a Way~ (Day 22)

    On Friday, December 23 rd, 2005

    Today’s Reading: Matthew 3:1-6 Jesse Tree: Repentance Makes a Way Deserts are achingly dry, parched, thirsty places. John knew this—the Desert of Judea was his home. But repentance changes all that. Repentance is preparation for quenching, for new growth, for rainshowers of hope and fertility. Repentance washes away our sins and makes a straight path for God to come near...

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  • On Thursday, December 22 nd, 2005

    Preparing Hearts in the Silence (Jesse Tree Symbol ~Day 21)

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  • On Thursday, December 22 nd, 2005

    Waiting and Looking for You….(Jesse Tree Symbol–Habbakuk–Day 20)

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  • ~Jesse Tree: Preparing Hearts in the Silence~ (Day 21)

    On Thursday, December 22 nd, 2005

    Today’s Reading: Luke 1:5-25“And he will go on before the Lord…to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:17 Jesse Tree: Preparing Hearts in the Silence Four hundred years of silence….deafening, pressing, aching silence…waiting for a word from the ...

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  • ~Jesse Tree: Waiting~ (Day 20)

    On Thursday, December 22 nd, 2005

    Today’s Reading: Habbakuk 2:1, 3: 16-19“I will stand at my watch…I will look to see…Yet I will wait patiently for the day…” (Habbakuk)Jesse Tree: Waiting Tis the season of waiting. Countdown calendars, numbering days left, anxiously ticking off hours, all the world awaiting that grand and glorious day. But do we stand on the watchtower, up on the ramparts, eyes f...

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  • ~Jesse Tree: The Time is Here~ (Day 19)

    On Thursday, December 22 nd, 2005

    Today’s Reading: Esther 4:10-17 Jesse Tree: The Time is Here An orphaned Jewish girl handpicked from among thousands of well-manicured beauties to be the King’s new bride—it seems the stuff of Hollywood and movie screens. But God’s drama has sweeping ramifications: the deliverance of the entire Jewish race. As Mordecai declares to Esther: “You have come to this…p...

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  • ~Jesse Tree: O Little Town of Bethlehem~ (Day 18)

    On Wednesday, December 21 st, 2005

    Today’s reading Micah 5:2-5 Jesse Tree: O Little Town of Bethlehem Far from home and family and security, in a backwater town of Bethlehem, comes a ruler, not only of Israel, but, yea, One whose reign is to the very ends of the Earth—and time. It is as the songwriter wrote: “O little Town of Bethlehem…our hopes and fears of all these years are held in thee tonight....

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  • ~Jesse Tree: Staggering Extremes~ (Day 17)

    On Tuesday, December 20 th, 2005

    Today’s reading: Jonah 3:10-4:4, 11 “And should I not have compassion on Nineveh?” (Jonah 4) Jesse Tree: Staggering Extremes It is just like God: he’d go to any and all lengths—even having a prophet sit for three days in the cavernous belly of a great fish—to turn people to Himself. And when Jonah relents and finally brings God’s message to Nineveh, Nineveh does j...

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  • ~Jesse Tree: The Glorious Impossible~ (Day 16)

    On Sunday, December 18 th, 2005

    Today’s Reading: Isaiah 11:1-9 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse…The wolf will live with the lamb.” Jesse Tree: The Glorious Impossible It all sounds unbelievable: a shoot from a stem, a wolf lying with a lamb, a child playing near the cobra. But the day is coming when the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, and the impossible will b...

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  • ~Jesse Tree: Spectacular Clarity~ (Day 15)

    On Saturday, December 17 th, 2005

    Today’s reading: 1 Kings 18:17-39 . “Then the fire of the LORD fell…When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD -he is God! The LORD -he is God!” Jesse Tree: Spectacular ClarityFireballs hurling down from heaven—it doesn’t get much more gripping and spectacular than that, does it? God steps forward to declare to His ...

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