Tag Archives: Christmas

they were part of God’s plan

I know it seems odd to see wise men as Easter approaches. We usually only think of them at Christmas. But how delightful to remember, at all times of the year, this amazing truth: God planned, before the world was … Continue reading

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How can I weep with one friend and laugh with another?

A dear friend’s unexpected tragedy has been my first waking thought for about twelve mornings now. My beautiful friend and her family live in South Africa, so I find myself, first thing as I wake, calculating the time of day … Continue reading

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not the palace for a reason

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And … Continue reading

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Overjoyed? Or troubled?

Such a contrast. The foreign Magi are overjoyed. They travel a great distance. They come to worship. The local ruling class, though — Herod and the religious leaders — are disturbed and troubled. Herod, in secrecy, begins to plot. When … Continue reading

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brightness at midnight, darkness at noon

“At the birth of the Son of God, there was brightness at midnight; at the death of the Son of God there was darkness at noon.”  Brightness at midnight “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the … Continue reading

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Belief like the wise men

“It is not known who these wise men were. Their names and dwelling-place are alike kept back from us. We are only told that they came ‘from the East.’ Whether they were Chaldeans or Arabians we cannot say. Whether they … Continue reading

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Something bigger than our whole world

He looked again and could hardly believe his eyes. There was the blue sky overhead, and grassy country spreading as far as he could see in every direction, and his new friends all round him laughing. “It seems then,” said … Continue reading

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the Grinch edged toward the more

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!  Are you confused this Christmas? Are you in need of compassion, and yearning for … Continue reading

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His light shines in darkness

“All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not … Continue reading

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Come, thou long expected Jesus

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, born to reign … Continue reading

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your deepest Christmas longing

What do you long for this Christmas? Do you have a deep yearning for a solution to the world’s — and especially your own — problems? Let’s think about God’s already-given, Christmas-time answer to our problem (from which all residual … Continue reading

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the Christmas message

“The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity — hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory — because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so … Continue reading

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readied for Christmas

If you live in the U.S., you’re probably full of Thanksgiving turkey, and a “get ready for Christmas” post seems crazy. But. Get ready. And I don’t mean get ready to head out for pre-Christmas sales. I mean ready your … Continue reading

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