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November 23: “Miracles of Jesus” (1/12) by Day Williams

Miracles of Jesus

I.

Introduction

Born of a virgin, Jesus Christ, the Word
Made flesh, grew up, son of a carpenter,
His earthly father, and a maiden favored
By God, who magnified the Lord when told

That she would bear the child of God, as heard
From Angel Gabriel, her visitor
Who shared glad tidings that she’d bear the Savior,
For nothing is impossible for God.

SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER EIGHT

SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER EIGHT

 

1 Now, brothers, we want you to know about

The grace that God has given churches in

Macedonia, 2 how, in a hard time

 

Of trouble, their abundant joy and deep

Need welled up in rich generosity,

3 For I can testify that they gave more

 

Than they were able, yes, and even past

Their capability. Entirely on

Their own, 4 they begged us for the privilege

 

Of sharing in this service to the saints.

5 They did this, not as we expected, but

First they gave their own selves to God, and then

 

To us, in keeping with the will of God,

6 So we urged Titus, since he’d earlier

Begun, to bring to a completion this

 

Action of grace by you, too, 7 so, as you

Excel in all−in faith and speech and knowledge

And in all diligence, and in your love

 

To us–make sure that you excel in this

Grace, too. 8 I’m not commanding you, but I

Do want to test your love’s sincerity

 

Against the eagerness of others, 9 for

You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Though he was wealthy, yet for your sakes he

 

Became poor, that you through his poverty

Might be made rich; 10 and here is my advice

About what’s best for you: That you complete

 

What you have started, for you were the first

With the idea, and the first to do

Something about it. 11 Now complete the work;

 

So that your eager willingness to do

It may be matched by your completion of

It, giving what you can from what you have,

 

12 For if there is a willingness at first

To give, the gift’s accepted by what you

Have, and not by what you do not have, 13 for

 

I do not mean that those receiving gifts

From you should be relieved while you are vexed;

But that there might be an equality,

 

14 That at the present time your plenty will

Supply their need; in turn, their plenty may

Supply your need: so everyone will have

 

That which he needs, 15 as it is written, “He

Who gathered much did not have too much; he

Who gathered little had no lack,” 16 but I

 

Thank God, who put in Titus’ heart the same

Devoted care for you, 17 for he indeed

Accepted our appeal, but he would have

 

Come anyway, all on his own, to you,

18 And we have sent with him the brother, 19 who

Is praised by all the churches for his help

 

And service to the gospel– and not that

Alone, but whom the churches chose to go

With us to bring this offering, which we

 

Manage to honor God himself and show

Our eagerness to help. 20 We want to guard

Against complaints on how we manage this

 

Generous gift, 21 for we take pains to do

What’s right, not only in the sight of God,

But also in the sight of men, 22 and we

 

Have sent with them our brother, who has proved

Often to us that he is diligent

In many things, but even more so now

 

Because I have great confidence in you.

23 If anybody asks who Titus is,

He is my partner and my helper in

 

Helping you; and as for our brothers, they’re

The churches’ messengers, the glory of

Christ: 24 Therefore show these men your love for me

 

And help them so that all the churches see.

S.D.G.