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. If this day marks a season of great loss and pain for your family, I’m pausing to pray for you now. As I write this post, I’m asking God to meet with those of you who associate this season with grief. For those who have an empty chair today, who have lost a precious loved one, I am praying for you. For those who are sitting at the bedside of a languishing loved one, I’m asking God to minister grace to you. For those who are walking through a long season of betrayal from your spouse, I’m asking God to fill you with faith and hope.

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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?

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Why Did God Come As a Baby?

Why Did God Come As a Baby?

Today, let’s grapple with the idea of eternal God coming as a baby. Why did Jesus need to come as an infant rather than fully grown? Why did He need to come in flesh, couldn’t an angel take on the job of redeeming us? Why did Jesus have to come as a God-Man?

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The Bondslave Mother

The Bondslave Mother

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, but 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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