Christ’s Birth Foretold

A compilation

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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

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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

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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

Christmas Goals

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Christmas is an ideal time to rededicate ourselves to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, the one who gave His life for us, that we might be connected to God. “He longs for that sweet communion, that union of heart with heart.” What a goal for each of us this Christmas—to recommit our lives and hearts to Jesus!

Another good goal would be to share the real meaning of Christmas . . .  read more

What Is Christmas All About?

A compilation

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Gifts of lasting meaning…

Like most everyone, you’ve got a full calendar for December … shopping, presents, parties, plans, preparations, cooking, cleaning, hosting, visiting. But stop for a minute and reflect: Why am I doing all this? Who am I trying to please? Or just impress?

This holiday is meant to be a celebration of the purest, simplest, and most complete love ever known—the love of a heavenly Father who sent His Son to live among us, to teach us how to  . . .  read more

God in a Manger

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What is Christmas? The answer may just surprise you.

For many, Christmas is the time to think of Jesus Christ as a baby in a manger. While the birth of Christ is a special and miraculous event, it isn’t the primary focus. The central truth of the Christmas story is this: the Child of Christmas is God.

Christmas is not about the Savior’s infancy; it is about His deity. The humble birth of Jesus Christ was never intended to conceal the reality that God was being born into the . . .  read more

The Christmas Season Is…

A compilation

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A season of thanksgiving

Jesus left the halls of heaven for us. And though He was rich, for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich. Jesus not only had to come down among us, but He had to be one of us! He had to become a member of the human community.

He came as a meek and quiet, weak and helpless baby. He not only adapted Himself to our bodily form, but also conformed to the human ways of life. He was human. He got tired, He got hungry, He got . . .  read more

Sharing the Christmas Love

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It’s that wonderful season again, a season to celebrate the Lord’s love in coming to earth to redeem us! It’s a season when people in the world are more open than usual to receiving a witness, and it’s a wonderful time to witness and reach out to others with our Savior’s love and truth. I won’t say that this could be our last Christmas, but it will be the last Christmas for many people. For many in the world, this will be their last chance to receive Jesus on earth.

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