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Christmas Eve Life Notes “Encouraging One Another!” – Hebrews 10:25

Encouraging One Another!” – Hebrews 10:25                

We invite you to worship with us at our 6:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service called, “Encouraging One Another!”                               Continue reading Christmas Eve Life Notes “Encouraging One Another!” – Hebrews 10:25

Life Notes Hold Fast to Hope- Hebrews10:23

Hold Fast to Hope- Hebrews10:23


What an enormous blow it must have been for Joseph to find that Mary, his young, beautiful, innocent fiancé was as the Scriptures write, with child. Consider his preparation, his anticipation, his hopes and plans of what was to be for him and Mary. Then those dreams of marriage and a life together were shattered, inexplicably, by betrayal that he would never have thought of Mary. Yet the evidence painfully was there and so now he must quietly end their bond and release his dream.


Yet as he slept, an angel appeared to him and replaced the hope that he thought was ruined with a new hope, a new reality where he would be the guardian step father of a baby that he would name. What a privilege to name someone. Joseph would watch over Mary, protect her and the baby, that the angel said, “You should name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”




Question: What do we know about Joseph, who was engaged to Mary?

Answer: We know that Joseph was a carpenter because Jesus is described as a son of a carpenter in the books of Matthew and Mark. Some experts believe that as a carpenter Joseph was a craftsman that designed and built tools and also worked with masonry and stone. The last that Joseph appears in the life of Jesus was when Jesus was 12 and the family went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.

Life Notes Enter with Confidence- Hebrews 10:19

  Enter with Confidence- Hebrews 10:19


A priest named Zechariah entered the Holy Place of the temple in Jerusalem. Zechariah, one of thousands of priests, had been selected by lot to enter the Holy Place to burn incense. It was a rare experience for a priest to be selected, but God has chosen Zechariah to serve him in the Holy Place on this day. What emotions did this self -described old man experience as he entered alone to burn incense to and in the presence of the most Holy God? Seemingly he would be delighted, joyful, with a new found confidence that he had this special privilege.

Whatever confidence Zachariah had was soon replaced by fear as an angel of a Lord suddenly appeared to him with unexpected news. The angel’s message was about his son that would be born. Zachariah and Elizabeth’s son would be the prophet of the most high, the Christ. Suddenly, centuries of silence about the Messiah, was broken. This Messiah would shatter the darkness and the wall of separation between God and His people. Now, as we read in Hebrews, “…We have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus.”

Shaken, Zachariah emerged from the Holy Place to a waiting crowd who were wondering why he was taking so long. They wanted his blessing and now there would be no words from Zachariah. Yet his silence was the beginning of the news of the birth of the Messiah, on whom all hope and confidence lie.


Question: What were the priest’s duties in the Old Testament and how were they selected?

Answer: Under the Mosaic Law, the tribe of Levi was dedicated to the service of God. One member of that tribe, Aaron, was selected by God to be the High Priest. His sons and their descendants were to be the priests for the nation. The priests served as the mediators between God and the people. They are the ones who took the people’s sacrifices and offered them up to God. Priest did not spend all their time of service at the temple. Most of the year they had their own homes, farms, and business of which to take care. According to a fixed schedule they took turns performing the duties assigned to them.

Vicar DeVon Lark

DeVon Lark and his wife Sandy joined Word of Life last year after moving to Lincoln from Minnesota. DeVon and Sandy had been teachers and in DeVon’s case a School Counselor all their professional lives in the Lutheran school system. During the past several months DeVon applied and was accepted at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in the Specific Ministry Pastoral Program. DeVon’s will serve at Word of Life first as a Vicar and then as our Pastor in a leadership role in evangelism and outreach.