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    The Virgin Birth And God’s Divine Plan

    At first, the story of a young virgin having a baby by the Holy Spirit sounds, well . . . crazy. But today on Discover the Word, we will show how a prophetic Old Testament passage in Isaiah provides evidence of God’s divinely orchestrated plan to redeem the world through a baby, born to a […]

    Don’t Be Afraid!

    Nearly every time an angel appears in the Bible, the first words he says are “Don’t be afraid!” Little wonder. When the supernatural makes contact with planet Earth, it usually leaves the human observers flat on their faces in fear. But Luke tells of God making an appearance in a form that does not frighten. In Jesus, born with the animals and laid in a feeding trough, God takes an approach that we need not fear. What could be less scary than a newborn baby?

    On earth Jesus is both God and man. As God, He can work miracles, forgive sins,…

    A Hopeful Solution

    Every birth is a miracle. But when Mary claimed to be both pregnant and a virgin, her fiancé didn’t know what to believe. That’s not how having a baby works! Today on Discover the Word, we imagine the wild range of emotions Joseph must have felt until an angel came and offered a hopeful solution! […]

    “Embracing Christmas”

    When Joseph discovered that his fiancée, Mary, was pregnant, ancient Jewish law dictated one very harsh option, have her publicly stoned to death. Today on Discover the Word, the team looks at how Joseph rejected that option and did what he knew was right in his heart. We’re continuing the series called, “Embracing Christmas,” today […]

    A Christmas Letter

    Every Christmas, a friend of mine writes a long letter to his wife, reviewing the events of the year and dreaming about the future. He always tells her how much he loves her, and why. He also writes a letter to each of his daughters. His words of love make an unforgettable Christmas present.

    We could say that the original Christmas love letter was Jesus, the Word made flesh. John highlights this truth in his gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). In ancient philosophy, the Greek for Word, logos,…

    Joseph’s Role In The Christmas Story

    Any man would be angry and brokenhearted to learn that his fiancée was pregnant—and he’s not the father. And today on Discover the Word, we look at the role Joseph played in the Christmas story, and consider how Mary’s pregnancy put him in a painful spot. Join us today at Discover the Word!

    Jesus’s Family Tree

    For many, it’s tradition to read the Christmas story aloud on Christmas Day. But not many read the loooong genealogy that begins Matthew’s account. Today on Discover the Word, we take time to look at Jesus’s family tree, for a very important reason. They’re beginning a new series called, “Embracing Christmas” today on Discover the […]

    The Gift of Christmas

    Read: John 1:14   The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    I once observed a little child when she was given a present. The wrapping paper was quickly removed. The box was opened and when…

    Lonely Christmas

    The loneliest Christmas I ever spent was in my grandfathers’ cottage near Sakogu, northern Ghana. I was just 15, and my parents and siblings were a thousand kilometers away. In previous years, when I had been with them and my village friends, Christmas was always big and memorable. But this Christmas was quiet and lonely. As I lay on my floor mat early Christmas morning, I remembered a local song: The year has ended; Christmas has come; the Son of God is born; peace and joy to everybody. Mournfully, I sang it over and over.

    My grandmother came and asked, “What song…

    Questions at Christmas

    Well before the calendar flips to December, Christmas cheer begins to bubble up in our northern town. A medical office drapes its trees and shrubs in close-fitting strings of lights, each a different color, illuminating a breathtaking nighttime landscape. Another business decorates its building to look like an enormous, extravagantly wrapped Christmas present. It’s difficult to turn anywhere without seeing evidence of Christmas spirit—or at least seasonal marketing.

    Some people love these lavish displays. Others take a more cynical view. But the crucial question isn’t how others observe Christmas. Rather, we each need to consider what the celebration means to us.

    A…

    The Supremacy of Jesus Christ

    The holiness movements of today have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them. There is nothing about them that needs the death of Jesus Christ. All that is required is a pious atmosphere, prayer, and devotion. This type of experience is not supernatural nor miraculous. It did not cost the sufferings of God, nor is it stained with “the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 12:11). It is not marked or sealed by the Holy Spirit as being genuine, and it has no visual sign that causes people to exclaim with awe and wonder, “That is the work of God Almighty!” Yet the New Testament is about the work of God and nothing else.

    The Piercing Question

    Do you love Me? —John 21:17

    Peter’s response to this piercing question is considerably different from the bold defiance he exhibited only a few days before when he declared, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” (Matthew 26:35; also see Matthew 26:33-34). Our natural individuality, or our natural self, boldly speaks…

    The Gift of the Magi

    A young married couple had more love than money. As Christmas neared, both struggled to find a gift that would show how much they cared for the other. Finally, on Christmas Eve, Della sold her long, knee-length hair to buy Jim a platinum chain for the watch he’d inherited from his father and grandfather. Jim, however, had just sold the watch to buy a set of expensive combs for Della’s hair.

    Author O. Henry called the couple’s story The Gift of the Magi. His creation suggests that even though their gifts became useless and may have caused them to look foolish on…

    A Christmas promise

    Today the Discover the Word team wraps up their series titled “A Christmas Promise.” And it’s their final discussion of 2017! You won’t want to miss this capstone conversation with the team. Launch into the New Year with the satisfaction, contentment, and joy that came on Christmas. Grab a seat at the table  today for […]

    Discover how peace and contentment can endure

    Do you have a favorite place where you feel completely at peace? Maybe it’s reading by the fire or sitting on a fishing dock at dawn. Don’t you wish that feeling could last forever?  Today on Discover the Word, we return to Luke chapter 2 to reveal how peace and contentment can endure. Be part […]

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