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Thursday, January 8, 2015

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1 John 4:19—5:4
Psalm 72:1-2, 14-15, 17
Luke 4:14-22

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our lives and this year

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me; therefore, He has anointed Me. He has sent Me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord." —Luke 4:18-19

This year can be one of the greatest fulfillments of Jesus' proclamation of Isaiah's prophecy of "a year of favor" (Lk 4:19; Is 61:1ff). If Jesus has His way, this year the poor of the world will hear as never before the good news of "liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners" (Lk 4:18).

Do you believe that this can be the year of multiplied miracles? Do you believe that you were created and your life orchestrated in detail so that you can be your part in Christ's body?

"Do not quench the Spirit" (1 Thes 5:19, RSV-CE). "Do not despise prophecies" (1 Thes 5:19, our transl). Let each of us do all that we can to let the Holy Spirit renew the face of the earth this year (Ps 104:30). Do you believe? "Everyone begotten of God conquers the world, and the power that has conquered the world is this faith of ours" (1 Jn 5:4). Believe in the Lord Jesus. Alleluia!

Prayer:  Abba, may this day be the occasion for a special outpouring of graces.

Promise:  "We, for our part, love because He first loved us." —1 Jn 4:19

Praise:  Jesus healed Brett of terminal cancer.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape I Believe in Miracles on audio AV 63-3 or video V-63.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 30, 2014

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