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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Communication Breakdown (12/16/10)

TITLE: God Has Never Forsaken Man
By Verna Mull


About 6000 years ago, God communicated with man through prophets.

Mankind was trying and failing over and over again to live by Godís laws.

The prophets gave a glimpse of Godís plan to open up a way for men to spend eternity with our sinless God, Who could not look upon sin. Everything seemed so hopeless as men tried desperately to please God and felt nothing but despair. They realized they were incapable of being sinless on their own.

Then, in Isaiah 61, Isaiah gives a glimpse of what God had in store, and in Micah chapter 5:2, we are told exactly where Jesus would be born, and that He existed from ancient times. These prophesyís existed long before the perfect time of Christís birth.

When the prophesy was fulfilled, it must have been a thrill for those present, to know that this had happened exactly as God had said through the prophets. At that moment, all mankind had a direct communication with God, in the birth of the God man, Jesus Christ.

There has never been a breakdown in Godís communication with man that was not created by man himself, who refused to listen to the marvels of God, ignoring the greatest gift ever given, and the many facts preceding His birth, that solidify all of Godís Word. Jesus Christ has become the intercessor between God and man, and when Jesus re-entered heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit to indwell all who will believe in Him.

As we sing, ďOh Little Town of Bethlehem, ď and many other dear songs of the remembrance of Christís birth , let us remember the Scripture which foretold His birth, and also, the great sacrifice He made to leave heaven, live as a man, (yet without sin) and give His very life blood on the cross as a remission for our sin. This Christmas, donít live in communication breakdown, but open your heart to God and His provision for us.

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Sarah Heywood12/23/10
I like how you point out in this devotional, that when there is a breakdown in communication between God and man, it is ALWAYS the fault of man. Keep writing!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/25/10
You did a great job with this devotion. Your scripture reference was wonderful. I would have enjoyed seeing a personal experience about when you had a miscommunication with God, but overall great job!.
Brenda Rice 12/25/10
Informative and interesting devotional entry. Thanks for writing and Merry Christmas.
Jeff Lambert12/28/10
30 years ago, on Christmas eve, I was on duty in the Persian Gulf during the Iran hostage crisis. It was my first Christmas away from home, ever. That night as I looked at the same skies that the shepherds, wisemen and even Joseph and Mary the Lord reminded me that He too had left His heavenly home. He too was in "hostile territory" and far from the all that He had ever known.

I was also then reminded that He would stop at nothing and go to any length to bring us back into His family. For me, that's the message of Christmas and that is the message you communicated quite well in your article.
Lillian Rhoades 12/29/10
Your devotional quite adequately revealed God's plan of communication with man. However,with the exception of a few references, I'm not sure if it adequately zeroed in on the topic. I loved your obvious grasp of scripture, and with the exception of a few extraneous commas, your writing style was clear and direct. When possible, try to connect your paragrahs with a transitional statement. Ex: Para.5 "After 6000 year, when the prophecy was fulfilled....." Also, consider connecting your closing statement with your opening statement. This helps to keep your piece from appearing as a series of disconnected ideas.

Ex: Para.7 "Let us remember that centuries ago the Scriptures(Prophets) foretold His....

Thanks for reminding us of God's persistent love for mankind.