My Christmas Card to You

My Christmas Card to You

From our family to yours, may you have a most blessed Christmas Day! May your day be filled with joy and worship! If you are going to be with a houseful, I pray that you will have many opportunities to shine the light of Christ as you love on your loved ones! If you are lonely today, perhaps in a crowd but feeling isolated, I pray you will turn your heart upward and outward and find sweet communion with the One who cares for you as no other.

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We Are Entrusted With Glorious Treasure

We Are Entrusted With Glorious Treasure

It’s a curious thing–God coming to earth in the vulnerable form of an infant. His royal inauguration wasn’t filled with coronation balls or elegant dinners. No trumpets sounded alerting the masses to the arrival of their Sovereign. Instead, He came as a squirming, wet, sticky babe, wriggling free from the amniotic sac and into the waiting hands of Joseph—serving as midwife to God.

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What Are Those Angels Doing This Christmas?

What Are Those Angels Doing This Christmas?

Weaving my way through the mass of mall shoppers, past the long line waiting for Santa’s knee, avoiding the tempting smell of far too expensive coffee, I heard familiar carols blasting overhead: “Angels we have heard on high . . .” And I wondered about those supernatural beings—those powerful creatures that came to announce the Savior’s birth; that pronounced the most incredible good news ever heard by human ears! Remember them from Luke chapter 2? What are those angels doing this Christmas?

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The Wonder of God’s Surprising Choices

The Wonder of God’s Surprising Choices

When you read through the Christmas story, there are a lot of curious details included. It’s so like God to do things in such surprising ways: Choosing a virgin to carry His Son and a lowly carpenter to raise Him, sending His Son in the most vulnerable form, announcing the birth to lowly shepherds instead of the whole world. Why does He do such unexpected things? Why were the angels dispatched to the “lower class” of society? Why were they giving the most astounding announcement ever heard to those lowly keepers of sheep?

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Bondslave and Mother of the Christ Child

Bondslave and Mother of the Christ Child

Have you ever been falsely accused? Slandered? Exposed to public humiliation? We’ve all experienced the embarrassment that comes from being misunderstood. Most of us can relate to the pain of verbal insult. But imagine being totally innocent of serious accusation, while suspected of a crime punishable by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:23–24), all because you’ve obeyed God. That was Mary’s situation.

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