It Takes a Child


Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.
—John 7:24 ESV

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, “Hi there.” He pounded his fat baby hands on the high-chair tray. His eyes were wide with excitement and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin. He then wriggled and giggled with merriment.

I looked around and saw the source of his . . .  read more

Those Dirty Shepherds

By Maria Fontaine


One of my favorite pictures as a child was of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, as He carried a little lamb in one arm and His staff in the other.

Perhaps our image of shepherds and their sheep has been formed from some of the most famous, godly shepherds in the Bible, ones like Abel, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, King David, and our Good Shepherd, Jesus.

But that picture hides a less-known fact about Christmas. . .  read more

His Name Is Jesus

A compilation


Over 2,000 years ago, on a night the world has been pleased to call “Christmas,” a Jewish maiden went to the mysterious depths of motherhood and came back with a given child. The child was given a name…

A name that blossoms on the pages of history like the flowers of a thousand springtimes;

A name that echoes down the corridors of time like the music of a thousand choirs in one grand anthem;

A name that adorns the records of the centuries like the splendor of a thousand monuments . . .  read more

Christmas Shalom

By Peter Amsterdam


One of the portions of the story of the Nativity which I find most beautiful, exciting, and meaningful is when the angel appeared to the shepherds and announced Jesus’ birth, followed by a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God. It’s such a fitting entrance for the birth of the Son of God. Luke tells us what happened:

In the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and . . .  read more

Ebenezer and the Christmas Story

A compilation


Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch—ever sympathized with them as the Christmas season descends? Or perhaps not to that extreme, but you don’t feel the warm fuzzies that everyone else has?

Mid-2011, I was working on a Christmas article for a children’s website, and I came across this startling piece of information: “By the early part of the nineteenth century, Christmas [in North . . .  read more

Christ’s Birth Foretold

A compilation


All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
—Matthew 1:22–23 NIV


There are just over 330 prophecies of Christ in the Old Testament. The likelihood of all of them coming to fruition is so infinitesimally small it is considered next to impossible. Yet each came into being exactly as foretold.

Matthew refers to four remarkable . . .  read more

Of Shepherds and Magi

By Peter Amsterdam


On the night of Jesus’ birth, in the hills near Bethlehem, shepherds were watching over their flocks. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord, His light and brightness, shone around them. The angel told them not to fear, that he had good news for them. He then revealed that a Savior, Christ the Lord, was born in the city of David that night. . . .  read more