Bible Study

Lessons From the Gifts of the Wise Men

Christmas is just a few days away. I’ve wrapped our gifts and placed them underneath the tree. While wrapping them, I began thinking of the gifts that the wise men brought to Jesus. I wondered what Mary and Joseph thought of these visitors from afar and their gifts? What happened to the gifts they brought?  How did the wise men choose them? What lessons can we learn from the gifts of the wise men?

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Bible Study

O Come Emmanuel

There are hundreds of prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament. We learned some of them last week while studying the prophecies of Jesus’ birth. I came across too many to focus on but did find something intriguing- there are many Old Testament references to Jesus in the song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Since it is one of my favorite Christmas carols, I wanted to take a closer look!

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Christian Encouragement

20 Best Christmas Bible Verses

The Christmas season is upon us. It arrives with a long list of things to plan and accomplish in a few short weeks. But it can also be a beautiful time of reflection, waiting, expectation and love. One way to slow down and enjoy the season is to focus on Christmas Scripture. I’ve compiled a list of 20 best Christmas Bible verses to help you reflect and focus on the meaning of Christmas.

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Christian Encouragement

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Our family’s tradition is to attend church services on Christmas Eve.  Last year, one of my adult children was home for the holidays.  Our Christmas Eve sermon was perfectly fine, but I had to smile when she bemoaned not hearing the traditional story of Jesus’s birth included.  It was her way of keeping Christ in Christmas, and she missed it.

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Devotional

Why Jesus Came at Christmas

Why Jesus Came at Christmas

 

It’s time to celebrate! We’ve moved through a time of anticipatory waiting and focusing on Jesus’ birth. We’ve reflected on the meaning of Immanuel- God with us. We concentrated on the aspect of the Light of the World coming to dispel sin and darkness forever. Now it’s time to turn to Scripture to hear why Jesus came at Christmas. Continue reading “Why Jesus Came at Christmas”

Devotional

The Light of Christ

 

The Light of Christ

If you know me, you have heard me rail against the cold weather. To add insult to injury, it is now the season of cold and dark. As of right this minute, we have only nine hours of daylight. I think that’s why I take such delight in Christmas light displays. They completely change my outlook on the darkness. The lights transform the long hours of darkness into a swirl of warmth, color, and cheer. They also point us to the reason for the season- the Light of Christ has come! Continue reading “The Light of Christ”

Devotional

Immanuel- God With Us

“Behold, the virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel,” which means “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 NIV
Immanuel- God With Us
I have loved the Christmas song “O come O come Immanuel” for as long as I can remember. It has that haunting melody, the pleading to “ransom captive Israel”, but then- joy!
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel is coming! Can you feel the excitement building over the celebration of the birth of our Savior? 

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Devotional

Advent: Season of Waiting

The church season of Advent is a season of waiting and eager anticipation. It is a time to focus our thoughts on the joyful occasion of Jesus’ birth. The weeks before Christmas can be a wonderful time of spiritual reflection on His coming. Reflection gives us the opportunity to slow down and remember what the season is all about. It’s time to anticipate the celebration of the birth of Jesus!
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The ancient Israelites waited expectantly for centuries for their promised Messiah but died long before He came to earth.  They didn’t exactly wait well.  They refused to keep God’s covenant with them, forgot the miraculous works that were done to save them, and grumbled in the desert (just to name a few.)
 
Some eventually met the Messiah face to face and refused to believe in Him.  They died waiting…

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