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Facemasks. Hand washing. At risk. Social distancing. Travel bans. Toilet paper. Church canceled. Strange times. I eye the baby carrots and hummus sitting on my desk. Tempting. But I should probably go and wash my hands before I even touch the bag. Last I heard, there were only 18 cases reported in the state, and none yet here in my town, but one can’t be too careful. I glance up with concern as my coworker sneezes into his elbow, gives a sniffle, and keeps typing. One   definitely can’t be too careful.

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Christmas, Devotional -

The visit of the magi must have bewildered Joseph, the newly adoptive father of Jesus. We know little of his background other than that he was a skilled tradesman (3:55). The enormity of the events likely left him with a lack of perspective, an inherent insecurity, and indecision about the next course of action. Fortunately, God provided angelic guidance, warning him to get out of town, as it were, because Herod had set his sights on murdering the Child.

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Once again, we are reminded of the precision of God’s execution of His eternal plan. Faithful Jews, Gentile wise men from the East, antagonistic rulers—all move through life within God’s purpose and redemptive plan. The movement of our lives is no less directed by God within that same grand plan ...

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As God guided the magi by means of pagan astrological studies, celestial signs, prophetic interpretations, and a Roman governor’s jealousy, He also guided them through direct intervention in a dream...

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Herod’s ruse, though quite clear to us as readers, must have been transparent to the religious leaders in the “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” sort of way: “I want to worship the child-king also.” Always currying concessions from the obstinate Jewish leaders, this insecure Roman puppet was laying a trap.

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