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The Christmas Miracle

The Christmas Miracle

What’s the big deal about Christmas anyway? Why do we celebrate a baby born 2000 years ago? The birth of Jesus changed history and the future for all who believe. It’s not news that a baby will become a king, it happens all the time. But it is news when a king becomes a newborn baby. It’s the Christmas miracle. And that’s what God did for us so he could show us how much he loves and cares for us….

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Embracing the Good News Brings Great Joy

Embracing the Good News Brings Great Joy

This is a year when we need good news for a change. The whole year has been packed with bad news, so we need some good news for sure. But the truth is, we can’t make them happen. Just like shepherds, we are in dark and we are afraid. Thankfully, God has some major good news for us too. And embracing the good news brings great joy. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over…

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Stripped-Down Christmas

Stripped-Down Christmas

What an odd year it has been. A lot of loneliness, confusion, and frustration along the way. And now we are doomed to have a stripped-down Christmas. But hey, Christmas itself has not been canceled. The reason for the season will always be there even though the familiar traditions or gatherings are canceled or stripped down. And in some odd way, a stripped-down Christmas forces us to see what’s really essential about Christmas. We all have our favorite Christmas traditions…

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Takeaway Value of Christmas

Takeaway Value of Christmas

What’s your takeaway value of Christmas? I hope it’s not just some unwrapped presents and fun memories. There’s nothing wrong with those, of course. But the meaning of Christmas is so much more than fun times with family, delicious food or beautiful decorations. The message of Christmas is this: God loves you dearly and he even sent his only son to save you and bring you back to him. And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and…

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Peace of God

Peace of God

What do you wish for Christmas? The most amazing gift is peace of God. It’s something the world can’t give you. Peace the world gives is something you get when you are able to retreat from your troubles. God’s peace is so strong you can feel a deep peace even in the midst of chaos. How can we attain it? By receiving it in Jesus. For a child has been born for us,    a son given to us;authority rests upon his…

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Connecting the Dots Between You and Bethlehem

Connecting the Dots Between You and Bethlehem

If you’re feeling a big scrooge-y about Christmas, I have a fresh way for you to look at the Christmas celebrations. I understand you might feel delighted and thankful for Jesus but you’re not really connecting the dots between you and Bethlehem. So I am here to help you to make Christmas a wonderful celebration once again. I had been thinking of this already for a few weeks when I stumbled upon this quote from Corky Calhoun which sums up…

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Rushing to Christmas?

Rushing to Christmas?

Less than three weeks to Christmas – how are you doing? Are you feeling expectant or are you rushing through the season of Advent? Are you rushing to Christmas without seeing the beauty of waiting? The worst case of the scenario for you is rushing to Christmas by stringing together a constant stream of trivial pursuits, leaving you overwhelmed, exhausted, and your credit card maxed out. Let me tell you, this is not the purpose of the Advent season. A…

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Do Not Leave All the Goodness of Christmas Behind

Do Not Leave All the Goodness of Christmas Behind

Christmas is gone and we’re left in awe of God’s love. The question we need to answer now is: what are we going to do about it? How does God’s love change our lives? Or do we leave the joy of Christmas untouched until the next Christmas? That would be sad…and stupid, don’t you think? I do anyway. And that’s why I do not want to leave all the goodness of Christmas behind. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling…

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The Hope Behind Decorations

The Hope Behind Decorations

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. But sometimes we are not feeling it. We might have experienced a loss of a dear family member or we’re struggling with an illness. Or maybe it’s the first Christmas after a bad break-up. There are a million reasons why Christmas might be a tough season. I feel for you. And I pray for you. Just know that Christmas is not about feelings it’s about the hope that comes from our Savior being born and that makes…

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The Meaning Behind Christmas Joy

The Meaning Behind Christmas Joy

Why is Christmas a season of joy? Is it only because people have collectively decided it’s time to be merry? Or could there be a deeper meaning behind it? Why do we commemorate a manger scene 2000 years ago? What’s the meaning behind Christmas joy? And what has Christmas joy got to do with us? Indeed. What’s the point of all this? The point is very simple and sometimes we overlook it. The same way that we might overlook the…

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