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How Then Shall We Live?

Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life

December 01-15 Devotionals

How Then Shall We Live? (Ezekiel 33:10, KJV)

The Meaning of the Number 12


December 01 – Trials Turn to Gold – Amy Carmichael Rescues Girls Prostitution & Slavery

December 02 – You Have Turned For Me Mourning Into Dancing

December 03 – Your Last Day on Earth

December 04 – Famous Last Words of Christians

December 05 – A Few Thoughts on Anger – Little Boy With a Bad Temper

December 06 – Famous Last Words of Unbelievers

December 07 – Michelangelo Pushes a Huge Rock Down the Street

December 08 – Robert Thomas Korean Missionary Died on This day

December 09 – Eternal Things

December 10 – Ironside’s Door

December 11 – Drawing Crosses in the Sand – Alexander Solzhenitsyn Birthday

December 12 – And He Said Unto The Woman, Yea, Hath God Said?

December 13 – Precious in the Sight of the Lord is the Death of His Saints

December 14 – Parable of the Richman in Hell

December 15 – The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

December 16 – Prepare to Meet Thy God

December 17 – Oh Death Where is Thy Sting

December 18 – The Young and Old Will Turn to Jesus

December 19 – Prodigal Son Heard the Sound of Music

December 26 – That They May Rest From Their Labors

December 21 – Herald – Oh People, Nations and Languages – Last Call

CAPRICORNUS (The fish-goat). The goat of Atonement slain for the Redeemed.


CAPRICORNUS (The fish-goat). The goat of Atonement slain for the Redeemed.


Dec. 22–Jan. 19


1. SAGITTA (The Arrow). The arrow of God sent forth.

2. AQUILA (The Eagle). The smitten One falling.

3. DELPHINUS (The Dolphin). The dead One rising again.


December 22 – Eternal Weight of Glory

December 23 – Life is Like a Vapor

December 24 – Play on the Name Ebenezer

December 25 – 30 Minutes of Silence

December 26 – That They May Rest From Their Labors

December 27 – The Lord God Loves a Cheerful (Heb – Hilarious Giver)

December 28 – This Day Thy Soul is Required of Thee

December 29 – When You Feel Loaded Down

December 30 – What Do You Set Your Clock By? – Story of the Curious Watchmaker

December 31 – The Last Promise in the Bible

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The Meaning of the Number: 12

The Meaning of the Number: 12


The number 11 is the number of perfection of government.  


The circle of the heavens = 360' (12 x 30)


There are 12 months in a year.


There were 12 Twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 49:28)


12 pillars were erected in the Promised Land (Joshua 4:1-9]).


There are 12 legions of angels (Matthew 26:53).


12 Apostles (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:13).


12 gates of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:12).


Twelve foundations of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:16, 17).


12 men were selected by God to conduct the census of the tribes (Numbers 1:2-16).


Jesus is 12 years old when He questions the scholars in the Temple [Luke 2:41).


The Trees of Life in the new creation will bear twelve kinds of fruits (Revelation 22:2).


There are 12 signs of the zodiac (these ancient symbols are found in Jewish synagogues of the 1st century AD.)

Words to Think About…

"All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him." 


(Genesis 49:28)

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December 01

Trials Turn to Gold – Amy Carmichael Rescues Girls Prostitution & Slavery

“But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” – Job 23:10


Amy Carmichael was a missionary at the turn of the 1900’s who devoted much of her life to rescuing young girls dedicated to a life of prostitution and slavery in Indian Hindu Temples. One day, she took some of her children to see a goldsmith refining gold in the ancient manner of the Orient.


The old goldsmith sat beside a small charcoal fire. On top of the coals, lay a common red curved roof-tile, and another tile over it like a lid. This was his homemade crucible. The man had a mixture of salt, tamarind fruit, and burnt brick dust which he called his “medicine” for purifying of the gold. He dropped a lump of ore into the blistering mixture and let the fire “eat” it. After a while, the man lifted the gold out with a pair of tongs, let it cool, and studied it.


Then he replaced the gold in the crucible and blew the fire hotter than it was before. This process went on and on, the fire growing hotter and hotter. “The gold could not bear it so hot at first,” explained the goldsmith. “But it can bear it now. What would have destroyed it, has helped it.”


As the children watched with amazement as the gold was purified in the fire. One of the girls asked the man, “How do you know when the gold is purified?”


The old man answered, “When I can see my face in it [the liquid gold in the crucible], then it is purified.”

Job 23:10 says that our trials can turn to gold. God often times allows us to feel the fire of the furnace in our lives. The purpose … refinement. Refinement of our souls, refinement of our character. God allows the impurities of our life, our sin, or the sin of another against us, to be consumed by a holy fire. Trials often come and threaten to take us away with them, but God urges us to “press on for the goal that lies ahead.” (Phil 4:13). The goal again is refinement. Our loving God refuses to leave us as He found us. His work is deep and often hurts, but the end product is gold. It is in that gold that God’s character is truly reflected in us.


Amy Carmichael spent her adult life as a missionary in India. She wrote about her practical accounts of her work for children in books of spiritual guidance and poetry, born of a life steeped in prayer and the scriptures, and influenced by her wide-ranging reading of past Christian writers. Amy’s refinement allowed her to minister to the broken and lost in a country where her faith was not welcomed, except for those courageous enough to reach their hands out for God amidst the fire.

Words to Think About…

<>—HAST THOU NO SCAR?—<>


Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot or side or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land.
I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star.
Hast thou no scar? Hast thou no wound?

Yet I was wounded by the archers, spent,
leaned Me against a tree to die and rent,
by ravening beasts that compassed Me. I swooned.

Hast thou no wound? No wound? No scar?
Yet as the Master shall the servant be,
and pierced are the feet that follow Me.
But thine are whole.
Can he have followed far who has no wound or scar?”


– Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) 


“My first memory as a tiny child is this: after the nursery light had been turned low and I was quite alone, I used to smooth a little place on the sheet, and say aloud, but softly, to our Father, ‘Please come and sit with me.’ And that baby custom left something which recurs and is with me still. Our God is a God at hand, and ‘To Him who is everywhere, men come not by traveling but by loving.” 


-Amy Carmichael “Rose from Brier”


The deeper the sorrow, the less tongue it hath 


– the Talmud

December 02

You Have Turned For Me Mourning Into Dancing

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December 02 Devotional



December 03

Return To the Frog in the Boiling Water

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December 03 Devotional

December 4

Famous Last Words of Christians

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December 04 Devotional

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December 05

A Few Thoughts on Anger – Little Boy With a Bad Temper

“Be ye angry and sin not…” – Eph 4:26


There was a little boy who struggled with a bad temper. After an outburst of anger one day, the boy’s father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he was to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven thirty-seven nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down day by day. Over time, the boy discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.


Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed, and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.


The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence and said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar, just like these nails have.”


I once saw a sign that read, “Anger is one letter short of (D)anger.” We all experience being angry in this life. But to be angry with the right person, for the right reason, at the right time, and in the right way, is not easy. The Bible does teach us in Ephesians 4:26 that anger is permitted, but not to let our anger take us to a place of sin. We can be angry at injustice. We can be angry about a loss. We can be angry at man’s inhumanity to man, false teachings, lies, or other perversions. But the key is to be angry and to sin not!


In our humanness, we can be angry and frustrated with the reaping of a choice made many years ago. Shall we let this get the best of us? Our choice is to let it fester inside and blister the heart, or to lay it at the foot of the cross and allow his redemptive power to heal these wounds.


We have the choice to pound nails into the fence of our perceived injustices or to take our anger and frustration to the Lord, who measured the very oceans in the hallow of His hand. (Isaiah 40:12) reads, “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?” Your anger is better served by resigning it to Him than pounding nails into a fence that will only cause scars into you and others.

Words to Think About on Prayer...

<>–MANY ARE CALLED, FEW ARE CHOSEN—-<>


“Noah preached that judgment was coming for 100 years, yet only 8 people were saved. Lot preached to the thousands in Sodom and Gomorrah, yet only three were saved. Six hundred thousand men, (not counting women and children), passed through the Red Sea, but only 2 entered into the promise land. Gideon went to fight with 32,000 men, but only 300 men were allowed to be a part of the victory. 


“For many are called, but few are chosen.” 


– Matthew 22:14


“A word spoken cannot be overtaken by the swiftest horse.” 


–  Old Chinese Proverb


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: To  hoose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.”  


– Viktor Frankl, Nazi Concentration Camp Survivor 

December 06

Famous Last Words of Unbelievers

Words to Think About on Prayer...

August 06 Devotional

December 07

Michelangelo Pushes a Huge Rock Down the Street



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December 07 Devotional

December 08

3 Smooth Stones




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December 08 Devotional

December 09

Eternal Things



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December 09 Devotional

December 10

Ironside’s Door




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December 10 Devotional

December 11

Drawing Crosses in the Sand – Alexander Solzhenitsyn Birthday

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December 11 Devotional

December 12

The Days of Creation

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December 12 Devotional

December 13

On Being called to the Mission Field – Alexander MacKay

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October 13 Devotional

December 14

The Fruit of the Spirit

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Decemebr 14 Devotional

December 15

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God




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December 15 Devotional

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