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When Christmas Feels Chaotic

When Christmas Feels Chaotic

We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. – Psalm 39:6 Last Christmas, I was rushing about, frustrated. Every year I say I’m going to get better about scaling back so I can really keep my focus where it needs

Joseph’s Prayer

Joseph… did what the Lord’s angel had told him to do. — Matthew 1:24 The white space between Bible verses is fertile soil for questions. One can hardly read Scripture without whispering, “I wonder…” “I wonder if Eve ever ate any more fruit.” “I wonder if Noah slept well during storms.” “I wonder if Jonah liked fish or if Jeremiah

Because of Bethlehem: God Has a Face

Editor’s Note: Have you heard the news? Because of Bethlehem, the four-week Advent study by Max Lucado, is coming back as our Christmas Online Bible Study this year! This study impacted so many lives last Christmas – we had to bring it back for our new Bible study friends and for past participants wanting to make it

3 Christmas Bible Studies for Advent

Is your small group or Sunday school class looking for a Christmas Bible Study? The Advent season is a time to get ready and prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Christ. Doing a Christmas Bible Study is a chance to build up in anticipation of the grand event, and to dive

The North Pole or the Manger?

Some call him Sinterklaas. Others Pere Noel or Papa Noel. He’s been known as Hoteiosho, Sonnerklaas, Father Christmas, Jelly Belly, and to most English speakers, Santa Claus. His original name was Nicholas, which means victorious. He was born in AD 280 in what is now Turkey. He was orphaned at age nine when his parents died of a plague. Though many

That First Christmas

So [the shepherds] hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. — Luke 2:16 It would have been logical to expect God to tear open the Heavens and descend to Earth in majesty and power on that first Christmas night — but He didn’t. Instead, on that quiet night in Bethlehem,

Light from Galilee

Prophecy The gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, As when at first He lightly esteemed The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed her, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walked in darkness Have seen

Christmas in the Shadowlands

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows — light! sunbursts of light! — Isaiah 9:2 MSG This verse is where our story begins. Almost eight centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah told of His coming. The biggest Christmas

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Simeon’s Prayer: Watching and Waiting

Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to Israel’s comforting and the Holy Spirit rested on him. — Luke 2:25 Let’s imagine a white-headed, wizened fellow working his way down the streets of Jerusalem. People in the market call his name, and he waves but doesn’t

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