Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

It’s Christmas, and what I really enjoy about Christmas are the surprises that come. It is really so great to open a gift that happens to be totally unexpected. There’s a rush of joy. I can think back on things that were given to me, things I had no idea...

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His Rags, Our Riches

“And she gave birth to her firstborn Son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”  “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a Baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” What was it...

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The Days Preceding …

How important it is for us, the Body of Christ, in these days preceding the Rapture, to have a spiritual posture like that of Joseph and Mary: they simply, humbly received and believed and acted upon the Word of the Lord as given by His angels. And let us be...

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God Takes His Temple

“The Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His Temple, even the messenger of the Covenant, whom you delight in; behold, He shall come, says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:1) Suddenly, that’s how Jesus showed up. The hopes and fears of all the years were met by God....

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Peace Heals Friendships on Earth

Matthew Henry teaches us, “The way to preserve peace among relations and neighbors is to make the best of every thing, not to tell others what has been said or done against them when it is not at all necessary to their safety, nor to take notice of what has been said or done against them...

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The Shepherds Got an Angel Show

Just outside of Bethlehem, shepherds were on the watch over the sheep under their care. It was an ordinary night. They were likely cold and weary. They sat by a fire and made sure they kept their eyes open. This keeping work of theirs was constant. Long, hard, tedious hours...

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Wise Guys and a Villain

Bad guys, good guys. Every great story has a combination of these characters. And the story of the birth of Jesus has its share of them. The primary villain in the whole nativity narrative is Herod the Great. He was the first in a line of Herods who ruled all...

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