Category Archives: Christmas

The Outrageous Claim of Christmas

At the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, Solomon prayed, “Will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple” (1 Kings 8:27). Yet there is this outrageous claim by … Continue reading

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A CHRISTMAS PRAYER–Lessons from Sully

A baby in the manger. The Son of God come in the flesh. We ponder the wonder. We seek to understand his impact on our lives. A baby born with leukemia. My grandson Sully. We ponder the wonder of his … Continue reading

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The Struggle for Joy in Our Hearts

Christmas is one of the most joyous times of the year. Yet Christmas brings a mixture of emotions. For Christmas evokes memories. Memories are a mixed bag of joy and sorrow. The joy can be tempered, if not overwhelmed, by … Continue reading

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Immanuel–God with Us (Part 4)

“‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23). The biblical texts are abundant testifying to God’s initiative and to the willingness of Christ. … Continue reading

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Immanuel–God with Us (Part 3)

The Creator coming in the flesh in itself is outrageous, incomprehensible. The purpose of His coming is all the more outrageous and incomprehensible. “He humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8). The Son of … Continue reading

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Immanuel–God with Us (Part 2)

At the core of Christian faith is an outrageous claim. God, in the person of his Son, came to dwell on the earth as a human being. The Creator of all things, the one whom “the heavens, even the highest … Continue reading

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Immanuel–God with Us (Part 1)

The nations around ancient Israel had physical representations, idols, of their gods. Often the ancient prophets of Yahweh rebuked Israel for wanting to imitate their neighbors. They made idols fashioned after cattle or humans to represent Yahweh, equating God with … Continue reading

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