MONDAY, DECEMBER 17              HEBREWS 13:7-17                           TERESA WATTS
7 Remember your leaders who spoke God’s word to you. Imitate their faith as you consider the way their lives turned out.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! 9 Don’t be misled by the many strange teachings out there. It’s a good
thing for the heart to be strengthened by grace rather than by food. Food doesn’t help those who live in this context. 10 We
have an altar, and those who serve as priests in the meeting tent don’t have the right to eat from it. 11 The blood of the
animals is carried into the holy of holies by the high priest as an offering for sin, and their bodies are burned outside the
camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy with his own blood. 13 So now, let’s go to
him outside the camp, bearing his shame. 14 We don’t have a permanent city here, but rather we are looking for the city that
is still to come. 15 So let’s continually offer up a sacrifice of praise through him, which is the fruit from our lips that confess
his name. 16 Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices. 17 Rely
on your leaders and defer to them, because they watch over your whole being as people who are going to be held responsible
for you. They need to be able to do this with pleasure and not with complaints about you, because that wouldn’t help you.

The Changeless Christ
When the Advent paper devotionals were passed to the Fresh Start Sunday School Class, I saw PRESENTS and Monday, Dec. 17 –
Hebrews 13:7-17, so I said, “I hear you Lord.” I can share with the congregation about Christmas gifts as being things we need
to give to others to show our love for others, thus praising God for sacrificing his son for us to receive eternal life.
My birthday is December 17th. Granny (Dad’s mom) and Mom have always made sure I received gifts on my birthday. I was then
able to share my gifts to be used to do good for others, thus showing my love for others and thus pleasing God. At nine years of age, I asked Jesus into my heart after listening to those who led me and spoke the word of God to me. I have believed ever
since. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” Hebrews 13:8. This Bible verse has carried me through my life
thus far. I praise him for the gift of faith to know he will continue to be there now and forever. May you also know you are
blessed with his grace.

Prayer: For everyone to know God’s special love for them.