Christmas Reading: December 16

Although I am free from all and not anyone’s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. (1 Corinthians 9:19 CSB) What’s amazing as you read Paul’s words here, is they could’ve just as easily been spoken by Jesus. Paul understood that the story of Jesus should change […]

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Christmas Reading: December 14

You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near. (James 5:8 CSB) We aren’t generally very good at waiting. We get annoyed with YouTube Ads, long lines, being put “on hold”. Fast food companies are developing apps to reduce the wait, presumably because they are not “fast” enough. The term “On […]

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Christmas Reading: December 12

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. (Luke 2:8-9 CSB) Shepherds were like modern day custodians. They were unfairly viewed as below-average […]

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Christmas Reading: December 9

An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham— (Matthew 1:1 CSB)  The entire Bible revolves around Jesus. All roads lead to Him. And when Matthew sat down to write his account of Jesus’ life, the Holy Spirit brilliantly inspired him to connect some dots for us. In Genesis […]

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Christmas Reading: December 8

Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself! Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have. (Luke 24:39 CSB) When Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb, God was eternally declaring his love for the physical world. God was not joining himself […]

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Christmas Reading: December 7

Although my spirit is weak within me, you know my way. (Psalm 142:3 CSB) As David wrote this Psalm, he was hiding in a cave, running for his life. His feelings were hurt. He was exhausted. He felt misunderstood and alone. The hero who had killed Goliath, the sexy, young, songwriting-warrior was crying in a cave. […]

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Christmas Reading: December 6

Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:20b-21 CSB) Joseph was a righteous man. […]

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Christmas Reading: December 5

Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14 CSB) The virgin birth stands as a guard at the door of the gospel. It’s God’s gracious way of telling us that what follows is not normal. The story of Jesus will defy […]

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