Tag: Christmas

The Unexpectedness of the First Christmas

The virgin birth of Christ in Bethlehem had been prophesied hundreds of years before it actually happened. But it happened in a way that was completely unexpected. Mary was just an ordinary girl. Joseph, just a simple carpenter. The manger in Bethlehem was surrounded by itchy hay and the sounds and smells of working animals. Not to mention the shepherds, […]

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Is Your Heart Ready for Christmas?

Christmas is less than two weeks away and I haven’t even started my Christmas cards, I’m only half-done my shopping, and I still have baking to do. I’m not ready for Christmas… at least in that sense. But I am preparing. Are you? I don’t mean the party-planning, picture-taking, shopping and wrapping, baking and traveling sort of […]

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A Christmas Meditation: Let Us Adore Him!

Let us adore Christ the Lord, together at Christmastime… For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; And that child is our Messiah, And that son is our promised Redeemer! The government shall be upon his shoulder, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. And he shall stand and […]

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Let’s Chat: Christmas Traditions!

One of my favorite things about Christmas is all the traditions we get observe every year. You know, those things you do every single year that make it finally “feel like” Christmas. Or those certain ways you like to celebrate Jesus, or particular ways you enjoy being together as a family during the Christmas season. Whether […]

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A Christmas Blessing

  May God bless you richly as you celebrate Christ’s birth. May God bless you intimately as you worship at His cradle. May God bless you sweetly as you sing His praises. May God bless you broadly as you share His truth. May God bless you abundantly as you rest in His riches. May God […]

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Lessons from the Magnificat

Can you imagine the emotion that roiled through Mary’s heart, as she anticipated giving birth to the great Messiah? On the one hand, she must have been awed by the thought that Almighty God would choose her, a simple maiden, to bear His Son. That He would choose her to bring old prophecies to pass. That He would […]

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Hymns for Advent: Incarnation

Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang, proclaiming thy royal degree; but of lowly birth didst thou come to earth, and in great humility. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth thou art! Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart! Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word, that should […]

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