Archive for December, 2012

How Long Will Christmas Last?

Posted on December 27, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 Christmas is over for another year. The gifts have been exchanged with friends and loved ones, decorations taken down and packed away and the Christmas tree thrown out with the trash. Admittedly, in the midst of the beauty of colorful lights and […]

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Emmanuel: God with Us!

Posted on December 21, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

There was no mistaking the identity of the baby born in Bethlehem that first Christmas. The angel declared to the shepherds,“ Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). He was Christ, the long-awaited Messiah promised to Israel centuries ago and predicted […]

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Christmas Greetings

Posted on December 19, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Colorful decorations and the music of the season fill the days with a joyful spirit; Christmas pageants and special programs remind us that we celebrate God becoming man to redeem us from sin and give us an eternal hope–don’t miss the current “Rankin Connecting” on “Emmanuel: God with Us!” But one of our greatest blessings […]

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Prayer is Work

Posted on December 14, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Epaphras…always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.” Colossians 4:12 I am concluding this series of devotionals on the prayers of Paul with a final observation that prayer is work. Having led a number of prayer conferences and discipled believers over […]

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The Outcome of Intercession

Posted on December 7, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“In order that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:12 Prayers that Paul prayed for the churches and co-workers who were recipients of his epistles reveal a great deal about the nature […]

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Christmas Gifts—Hassle or Blessing?

Posted on December 5, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

I cannot begin to identify with those diligent, organized people who complete their Christmas shopping before the calendar turns to December. It is not that I resent those who brag about completing their list in after-Thanksgiving sales, or the extremists who get their Christmas shopping done in August; I relish organizing a task and getting […]

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Fall Enhancements

Posted on December 3, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

My Mississippi buddies raise their eyebrows when I mention that my hobby is yard work. They are incredulous when I explain that I don’t fish, hunt or play golf; my recreation and enjoyment comes from spending time in the yard and seeing the vision of landscaping materialize. I am finding at my age I dare […]

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