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An Early Christmas

I have done my share of grumbling about the way merchandising seems to seek an earlier beginning to the Christmas season every year. But, to be honest, in my own way I'm much worse than the merchant and the advertising guru. I vote for an early Christmas. A very early... Read more →

Close But Not Quite

"When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for... Read more →

Eight Christmas Contrasts

1. Jesus underwent a human birth so that we who believe on Him might have a heavenly birth. (Luke 2:11; John 1:12) 2. Jesus took His place in a manger in a stable, so that we might have heavenly mansions. (Luke 2:7; John 14:2) 3. Jesus became a member of... Read more →

Herod "The Great"

He was a monster in human form, a rapacious wild beast wearing the rich robes of a king. No man or woman was safe during his reign. One by one he murdered every rival claimant to the throne. He stamped out the Hasmoneans. He murdered his wife's brother. He murdered... Read more →

Joseph the Carpenter

"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 1:20). Joseph's presence... Read more →


Of all the extraordinary women in Scripture, one stands out as the most blessed, most highly favored by God, and most universally admired by women. Indeed, no woman is more truly remarkable than Mary, the one chosen by God to be the instrument through which He would at last bring... Read more →

The Christmas Spirit

"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9). It is here, in the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the profoundest and most... Read more →

The Men Who Found Christmas

One tragedy of the first Christmas is that so many came close to Christmas yet missed it all. There were the political leaders of the time, the innkeeper, Herod, and the religious leaders. But that is only half the story. The shepherds to whom the angels appeared while they were... Read more →

The Nativity

The nativity is one of the best-known stories in history. Asked to describe the events surrounding Jesus' birth, most people could probably give the basic components of the story: An angel tells a young virgin she's going to give birth to the Saviour of the world…. Mary and Joseph travel... Read more →

The Stars of Christmas

There are two series of seven characters mentioned by name in the first chapters of Luke. Note the unlikely "stars" of the nativity. Zacharias, Elisabeth, Mary, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, John the Baptist The first seven are representative of the faithful ones among the people of God. Even though the world... Read more →

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