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“And He said to them, ‘Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49)
Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem to the Feast of the Passover. This time, when Jesus was twelve, His parents were returning home and realized that Jesus wasn’t with the caravan. It took them three days to find Him. His answer was a bit abrupt. What is important is that Jesus knew who His Father was. It wasn’t Joseph. His Father was God (Luke 2:41-51).

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Bringing In The Cheese

And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with singing” (Psalm 105:43).
 
I have always enjoyed singing, even when I was little and couldn’t understand the words. I remember singing “Bringing in the cheese when I was very young.”On a serious note, I wonder how many of us understand all the words we sing in hymns. “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also,” Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:15. Many of our hymns were written more than a century ago, and our language has changed. They are filled with references to scriptures that some may not know. We run across such phrases as “night with ebon pinion,” “the Macedonian call,” “the cleft of the rock,” and “my Ebenezer.”

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It’s What You Do

Ponder: Why Christians do what they do.
Scripture: “You will know them by their fruits . . . every good tree bears good fruit” (Matthew 7:16, 17, NKJV).
“If you’re a parrot, you repeat things. It’s what you do.” You may recognize that line and several similar ones from ads run by a certain insurance company. They claim that if you want to save money, you buy insurance from them – “It’s what you do.” I’m all for saving money, but right now I want to borrow their line to discuss why we do what we do as Christians. Jesus said a good tree bears good fruit. But why does it do that? In short, it’s because that’s its nature. If a tree bears bad fruit, there isn’t much to do but cut it down.

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