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    Journey Through Series

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    Mickey’s Christmas Light-Up

    Do you know that Christmas wasn’t celebrated on December 25 for many, many years after Christ was born? Because we don’t know the actual day on which Jesus was born, His birth has been commemorated at various times of the year. According to some historical reports, Christmas was officially declared to be on December 25 only when Christianity was accepted…

    An Unopened Gift

    Read: Romans 5:12-21 God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God (Romans 5:16).

    A few years ago I received an email wishing me a happy Christmas. I was grateful for the message and thought nothing more of it until a few weeks later when I reread it. As I reviewed the words more carefully, I realized that I…

    Christmas Quiet

    Read: Luke 2:8-20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them (v.20).

    Having read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in her class, my daughter decided to re-enact Jesus’ birth. Casting herself as an angel—complete with wings, dress, and sparkling shoes—she made her brother,…

    Perfect Rest

    Read: Luke 2:15-20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them (Luke 2:20).

    Tonight as I sit here writing, one of our family dogs lays curled up on the ottoman at my feet. I’m his favorite of all our family members, though—in…

    Journey Through Series

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    Close To The Cradle

    Read: Luke 2:25-35 [Jesus] will be a joy to many (Luke 2:34).

    The angels were on the verge of a brawl. As characters in our church’s nativity scene, a multitude of small girls outfitted in white gowns and halos had assembled around the cradle. Unfortunately, some eager cherubs decided that they wanted a better look at the baby. Pushing and elbowing…

    Near

    Read: Matthew 1:18-25 Immanuel... means, “God is with us” (Matthew 1:23).

    A musician friend of mine has a cousin named Emmanuel. My friend wrote a song alluding to Emmanuel’s fairytale-like wedding. The ceremony was outdoors in a picturesque setting with fine weather and wooded surroundings.

    As the time to commence neared, however, many grew nervous because no one had seen…

    Stirring, Searching, Humbling

    Read: Matthew 2:1-12 Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him (Matthew 2:2).

    Christmas cards and nativity scenes depict the wise men visiting the Christ-child. But I think the story is bigger than the way it’s presented. The wise men’s journey is also a paradigm for our…

    Give What You Have

    Read: Romans 12:4-8 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you (Romans 12:6).

    Last year, a few foreign exchange college students from Saudi Arabia celebrated Christmas with our family. When they arrived, they told…

    Joy To The World

    Read: Psalm 98:1-9 Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! (Psalm 98:4).

    For two of my friends, this yuletide season will be a difficult one. They’ve both lost loved ones during this period, and the festive season reminds them of the painful absence. Sometimes it’s hard to feel joyous during Christmas.

    While this…

    Born To Die

    Read: Romans 5:6-21 Now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:11).

    We’re well into that special time of the year when our focus turns to the celebration of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:1-20). The world has never been the same since that sacred night in Bethlehem…

    The Right Time

    Read: Luke 4:16-21 He has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor... to proclaim that captives will be released... and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come (Luke 4:18-19).

    In a speech given during the commencement of a newly formed missions agency, my friend—who heads up the ministry—spoke of its mission and vision. He also gave everyone…

    Only One King

    Read: Matthew 2:1-12 Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him (Matthew 2:2).

    Think of any monarchy in the history of the world. The royal family may have had a few princes and princesses. It may have even had more than one queen, as did the kingdoms…

    A King Born For All

    Read: Luke 2:8-20 They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people” (Luke 2:9-10).

    Scene one: A stable in Bethlehem, Judea. There, a group of shepherds kneel before a baby sleeping in a feeding trough (Luke 2:8-20). The society of the day despises these grimy,…

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