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Christmas Carol DYK: “O Come O Come”

The mysterious and melodic flow of the the Christmas hymn “O Come O Come Immanuel” is musically attractive as well as lyrically beautiful. But did you know the song is actually a completion of a Christmas “riddle?” O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son […]

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The “Withusness” of God

I have been reflecting on the name Immanuel. The phrase “God with us.” Those three incredible words that teach us about our Lord’s “with-us-ness.” And my mind and heart have been massaged by the truth contained in them. Follow along for a minute… “God” expresses the truth of Deity. Yes, at Christmas, God came near. […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas (Service Project Style)

Many student groups engage in various Christmas projects each year. In fact, lots of beneficial projects happen annually. Unfortunately, these projects, while they serve a good cause, are typically short-lived and unchallenging. In other words, most are simply too easy. Here’s a way to help your students engage in a project that centers on developing […]

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Wednesday’s Christmas Prayer: God the Holy Spirit

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Tuesday’s Christmas Prayer: God the Son

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Monday’s Christmas Prayer: God the Father

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The Massacre of Bethlehem Boys and Matthew’s Message of Hope

Just what was Matthew’s point in using the phrase “to fulfill” (or something very similar to it) five times in his first two chapters? Why does he grab the Old Testament to help us understand what was going in his own time frame? One writer who explains the answer well in an entire book is […]

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Missing the Obvious

One of the things I love about the shepherds in the Christmas story is their ability to spot the obvious. Think about it – when they heard the angel encourage them to go see the newborn baby, they responded by saying to one another, “Let’s go!” I probably would have tried to figure out if […]

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Free Book through Thursday, Dec. 17

To help bring additional insight into some of the components of the Nativity, especially the main characters, I’m providing one of my digital books, Christmas Footprints, for free this week at Amazon (though Thursday, 12/17). Christmas Footprints explores the journey of Mary, Joseph, and the Magi during that first Christmas long ago, drawing out the […]

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Christmas Carol DYK: Adeste Fideles

Few Christmas carol refrains have been sung more than the one from “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” You’re recalling it, right? You know, the simple, repeated call to worship—“O come let us adore him” sung three times, followed by the recognition of Christ’s kingship? Yes, that one. In fact, that refrain has become more than […]

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