December 25, 2022

A Story for Sunday: "The Christmas Scout"

In spite of the fun and laughter, 13-year-old Frank Wilson was not happy. It was true that he had received all the presents he wanted. And he enjoyed these traditional Christmas Eve reunions of relatives - this year at Aunt Susan's - for the purpose of exchanging gifts and good wishes. But Frank was not happy because this was his first Christmas without his brother...

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December 24, 2022

A Poem for Saturday: "Dime Store Angel"

It was just a Christmas Angel that my Mom put on our tree. She bought it at a five and dime, when I was only three. Each year we'd trim our Christmas tree, with lights and ornaments. Then Mom would always tell me what the Angel represents...

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December 23, 2022

Christmas Foretold and Fulfilled - Opposition Opportunities - Suffering Helps God's Kingdom

Today’s highlighted portion tells us Herod has died and the threat to Jesus is gone. An angel of the Lord appears to Joseph and instructs him to take the child and his mother back to Israel. Joseph carries out his instructions and the prophecy is fulfilled: “out of Egypt I called My son”. We saw earlier in the week that the significance of God’s son, Jesus Christ, being called out of Egypt isn’t so much seen in his movement from Egypt to Israel but rather...

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December 22, 2022

Christmas Foretold and Fulfilled - Opposition Opportunities - Stand Tall by God's Presence

You may have noticed that verses 6-12 of Matthew 2 were not included above. In this part the Magi have a further interaction with King Herod where he says to them, “Go and search carefully for the child; and when you have found him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship him.” Next there is a description of their journey to Bethlehem and their visit with Jesus...

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December 21, 2022

Christmas Foretold and Fulfilled - Opposition Opportunities - God Paves the Way

Today we look at the details of what Hosea 11:1 is all about. This will necessitate a bit of background regarding the nation of Israel. God had promised to make a great nation from the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God gave the name Israel to Jacob which is what this great nation to come would be called...

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December 20, 2022

Christmas Foretold and Fulfilled - Opposition Opportunities - God is Patiently at Work

It was said yesterday that the enemy, Satan, and his instrument Herod were troubled at the presence of Jesus here on earth in Bethlehem and sought a way to interfere. Our Mathew 2 passage doesn’t directly speak of Satan, but we can be sure that he is the one behind all opposition to Jesus and that Herod is truly an instrument of evil in his hands...

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