"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
"Christmas Chai with Malachi" is part of the "Coffee Cup Bible Studies," a series of Bible studies for women in compact, workbook format the examine the "life and times" of certain Bible characters and the books of the Bible that pertain to them. Each study is to be read over a four-to-eight-week period, and study sections are broken down into short, daily segments to fit readers' busy lifestyles. "Bah humbug " With these immortal words, Ebenezer Scrooge dismisses the Christmas ideals of restorative justice and charity. But in nighttime apparitions Scrooge must look face to face at the rotten fruit of his miserliness. But what if Scrooge is us? "Christmas Chai with Malachi" brings readers face-to-face with a sovereign God of past, present, and future, who keeps His promises to discipline and bless His people so that He will be known among the nations. Through penetrating use of rhetorical questions, "Lord Sabaoth" reveals the justice and mercy required for His people to spread His renown in all the earth. And with that revelation comes a promise that the sun of righteousness will arise with healing in its wings. Designed for group or individual study, "Christmas Chai with Malachi" guides readers through an encounter with "the Lord who rules over all" in the weeks leading up to Christmas, helping them "keep the main thing the main thing" in this holy season.