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There were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile in Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah. - Matthew 1:17 (NIV)

When I open up the first chapter of Matthew and read seventeen verses of names, my first question is, Why?

I think Matthew put the genealogy in for several reasons: First, Jesus was human. We focus on Jesus as God quite often, but it’s important to remember that he was...

Today's Prayer
Dear God, help us to see how you are working through the people around us. Open our hearts to serve you each day. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Matthew 1:1-17

Thought for the Day

How is God working through me?

Prayer Focus

Those who feel worthless

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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