DECEMBER 31

Romans 3:3-4: "For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect [prevent God from fulfilling his promises]? God forbid [don't even let this thought enter your mind]: yea [yes], let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written [in Psalm 51:4--see below], That thou [God] mightest be justified in thy sayings [in what you said to King David, by the mouth of Nathan the prophet, after he sinned with Bathsheba], and mightest overcome when thou art judged [when you judge David's crime]."

[Psalm 51:4 [King David to God]: "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest."]

DECEMBER 30

Proverbs 24:1-2: "Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief."

DECEMBER 29

Amos 3:7: "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing [administer punishment, bring about destruction, etc.], but [unless] he revealeth his secret [gives a warning] unto his servants the prophets."

[Examples of the above include warning Noah about the flood, Abraham and Lot about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joseph about the famine in Egypt, Moses about the plagues on Egypt, and Jonah about the destruction of Nineveh.]

DECEMBER 28

Psalm 40:1-3 [a psalm of David, referring to Jesus' suffering on the cross and his subsequent burial and resurrection]: "I waited patiently for the LORD [to answer my prayer]; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit [like a dungeon], out of the miry [muddy] clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD [for salvation]."

DECEMBER 27

1 Samuel 24:12: "The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee [will exact satisfaction for a wrong by punishing you, if you're the wrongdoer]: but mine hand shall not be upon thee [to harm you in any way]."

DECEMBER 26

1 Chronicles 16:25-26: "For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens."

DECEMBER 25

Isaiah 9:6: "For unto us a child [Jesus, the Messiah] is born, unto us a son [the Son of God] is given [as a gift]: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

DECEMBER 24

John 1:14: "And the Word [Jesus] was made flesh [became a man], and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father [God],) full of grace and truth."

DECEMBER 23

1 John 3:8: "He that committeth sin [habitually, continuously, willfully] is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning [of the world]. For this purpose the Son of God [Jesus] was manifested [became flesh], that he might destroy the works of the devil."

DECEMBER 22

Hebrews 10:4-6: "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore [therefore] when he [Jesus] cometh into the world, he saith [to God], Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not [desire or delight in], but a body hast thou prepared [for] me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure."

DECEMBER 21

Micah 5:2: "But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little [a small city] among the thousands of Judah,  yet out of thee [you] shall he [Jesus, the Messiah] come forth [be born into this world] unto me [God the Father] that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting [who--as the second person of the Godhead--has always existed]."

DECEMBER 20

Romans 6:23: "For the wages of [payment for] sin is [eternal] death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

DECEMBER 19

1 Timothy 4:10: "For therefore we both labour [to spread the gospel] and suffer reproach [disgrace, shame, for doing it], because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe [i.e., although Jesus died on the cross to pay for everyone's sins, salvation is only promised to those who believe the truth and, by faith, accept God's free gift of eternal life]."

DECEMBER 18

Luke 1:30-35: "And the angel [Gabriel] said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS [meaning "Saviour"]. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest [God]: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne [kingdom] of his father David [because, as a man, Jesus was descended from King David]: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob [the descendants of Jacob, or the children of Israel] for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I [a virgin] know not [have not had sexual relations with] a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing [child] which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God [in regard to his human nature]."

DECEMBER 11-17

Genesis 1:1-2:3 - Creation of Heaven and Earth

Chapter 1

Verses 1-5 [Day 1]: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void [completely empty]; and darkness was upon the face of the deep [the water]. And the Spirit of God [Holy Spirit] moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."

Verses 6-8 [Day 2]: "And God said, Let there be a firmament [atmosphere, sky] in the midst [middle] of the waters, and let it divide the waters [below the firmament] from the waters [above the firmament]. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."

Verses 9-13 [Day 3]: "And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day."

Verses 14-19 [Day 4]: "And God said, Let there be lights [sun and moon] in the firmament of the heaven [outer space] to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light [sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [moon] to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day."

Verses 20-23 [Day 5]: "And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day."

Verses 24-31 [Day 6]: "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God [the Father] said [to the Son and Holy Ghost, all three of whom form the Godhead], Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion [control] over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them [Adam and Eve], Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish [fill] the earth, and subdue [take possession of] it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [food]. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."

Chapter 2

Verses 1-3 [Day 7]: "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of [everything in] them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it [made it holy]: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

DECEMBER 10

Ecclesiastes 12:14: "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing [thought or deed], whether it be good, or whether it be evil."

DECEMBER 9

Galatians 6:3: "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth [fools] himself."

DECEMBER 8

Mark 8:38 [Jesus speaking]: "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man [Jesus] be ashamed, when he cometh [to earth the second time] in the glory of his Father [God] with the holy angels [to judge the world]."

DECEMBER 7

Job 27:4: "My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter [speak] deceit [words meant to mislead or trick someone]."

DECEMBER 6

Proverbs 16:2: "All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits [knows what's really in that person's heart]."

DECEMBER 5

Acts 18:5-11: "And when Silas and Timotheus [Timothy] were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit [urged in his mind], and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ [the Messiah]. And when they opposed themselves [to Paul and his message], and blasphemed, he shook his raiment [clothing], and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean [not to blame for your destruction]: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles [and preach the gospel to them]. And he departed thence [from there], and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to [was near] the synagogue. And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house [family]; and many of the Corinthians hearing [the gospel] believed, and were baptized. Then spake [spoke] the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee [attack you] to hurt thee: for I have much people [many who will be saved] in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them."

DECEMBER 4

Hebrews 12:1-2 [the apostle Paul, comparing the Christian life to running a race, as in the Olympics]: "Wherefore [referring to his examples in the preceding chapter of how Christians lived and died] seeing we also are compassed about with [surrounded by] so great a cloud of witnesses [a great number of people watching us],  let us lay aside every weight [everything that holds us back], and the sin which doth so easily beset us [the sin that tempts us the most], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us [the Christian life], Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith [as an example]; who for the joy that was set before him [after his resurrection] endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God [in heaven]."

[Note: Albert Barnes has lots of examples of "the sin which doth so easily beset us" in his commentary on verse 1. If you want to read it, click on the link (http://www.godvine.com/bible/hebrews/12-1) and scroll down to  "Barnes' Notes." You can go forward from there to read verse 2. And if you want to read all of the verses in Chapter 11, here's a link for that: http://www.godvine.com/bible/hebrews/11.]

DECEMBER 3

Colossians 3:2: "Set your affection [focus your mind, thoughts, love] on things above [heavenly things], not on things on the earth."

DECEMBER 2

2 Timothy 3:1-5: "This know also, that in the last days [before Jesus returns] perilous [dangerous] times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves [selfish], covetous [wanting money or things], boasters, proud, blasphemers [those who curse or take God's name in vain], disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection [unloving], trucebreakers [refusing to honor agreements], false accusers, incontinent [unable to resist feelings of passion], fierce [cruel], despisers [haters] of those that are good, Traitors [willing to betray their country or friends], heady [headstrong], highminded [conceited], lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof [or, as suggested by Adam Clarke, 'They have religion in their creed, but none in their hearts']: from such turn away [i.e., don't associate with them]."

[Note: Adam Clarke and Albert Barnes have good commentaries on these verses. If you want to read them, click on the link (http://www.godvine.com/bible/2-timothy/3-1) and scroll down to "Clarke's Commentary" and/or "Barnes' Notes." This link is for verse 1; you can go forward from there to read the other verses.]

DECEMBER 1

3 John 1:11: "Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God [has not been born again]."
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