A Chosen Man, a Wise Man

“And you shall call His name Jesus.” The sentence came to Joseph, in a dream from the Angel of the Lord. This craftsman from Nazareth wrestled with a big decision. His betrothed, Mary, the young woman to whom he was covenanted to take as his bride was now pregnant. Her...

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A Song, A Dream, A Promise

A girl got a song. A carpenter got a dream. A just and loyal old saint got a promise from the Spirit. All of them are part of the Christmas story. And each one shows us something important about the way of God in this world. Let’s first look at...

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Common God-ness

Lowly, small — that’s how Jesus came. Yes, a Star did shine. A host of angels sang praises to His glory. There were those moments of fanfare for sure. Mostly, however, Heaven came and reached down to the very bottom of things. Away in a manger, asleep on the hay,...

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What to Do with Jesus?

What to do with Jesus? The Christmas story is full of people who had to answer this question. It really started with Mary, a young girl living in Nazareth. She was a woman promised. Her husband was to be Joseph, a carpenter in the town. And then Gabriel arrived in...

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The Babe and the Shepherds

The Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes — that’s the One. He’s the Son of God, the firstborn of Mary, a virgin girl from Nazareth. Find Him — this was the shepherds’ mission. They rushed from the field — something that was never done in their line of employment. Angels had...

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Surprise!

The many-sided Christmas Story carries with it many surprises. Surprise: to strike with wonder or amazement especially because unexpected.  websters Here is a story about surprise: I once overslept. I was running around my apartment worrying because there is nothing scarier for me than being late for work. I called a taxi, got dressed, put all the necessary...

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The Greatness of Children

“Suffer the children to come unto me, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). It’s Christmastime, so it makes sense to talk about children. Laughter and play and joy and song are what should mark this season, even now. Some have tried to cripple the...

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The Thrill of Hope

“Long lay the world in sin and error pining …” So goes the lyric line in “O Holy Night,” one of our most popular Christmas carols. This is the truth about how things are and how things were just before the coming of Jesus to earth. Still, there were those...

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O Little Town

It was the point of entry for Jesus. The Son came here as Immanuel, God with us. It was at that time a shepherd’s place. This makes sense:  the Good Shepherd first showed up in a sheep town. We are talking about the little town of Bethlehem, of course. During...

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