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Facets of Faith for a Christian Christmas

* Midway in the Simplon Pass the traveler journeying southward comes upon a stone bearing the simple word “Italia.” At that point he passes a boundary line, and every stage from there on makes plainer how great has been the change from Switzerland to Italy. The air becomes warmer and vines line the wayside. And below, embosomed in verdure, Lake Maggiore […]

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‘Tis the Season

“…I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10,11 Good News! Of great joy! A Savior has been born! He is Christ the Lord! With staccato brevity, the angel announced this message which […]

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Dear Jesus, Christmas time is near again—a time to celebrate your birthday. I’m speaking to you as a present-day mother of children; therefore, I understand the significance of birthdays.         In celebration of your birthday we wouldn‘t consider skipping church on Christmas morning. I always try to tell the children the true […]

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But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” Micah 5:2 (NKJV). At this time of the year we hear people referring to the Christmas […]

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Jesus Christ – The Light of the World

(a Litany for Christmas) LEADER – From the very beginning of time there was light in this world. Genesis 1:3 tells us that God said. “‘Let there be light’ and there was light.” Not only was there physical light which is necessary for physical life, but there was also spiritual light. “God saw all that […]

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Christ’s Coming – Good News or Bad?

My roommate Roger was big on efficiency. He told me he tossed his socks under the bed so they could collect dust-balls around them. That way when he picked them up for washing, he swept the floor at the same time. That’s what he said, but whenever his girl was due to come by he […]

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Acceptable Worship

Question: What is the acceptable way of worshiping the only true God? Answer: The acceptable way of worshiping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshiped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or any other way not prescribed in the […]

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Christmas Riches

2 Corinthians 8:9: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” Have you heard the story about a lady who bought a painting of the Madonna, the Child, and two saints, at […]

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Skeletons in the Closet of Christmas

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David” (Matthew 1:1) Skeletons lurk in the closet. Every family has at least one if we are honest enough to level with one another. Adultery, divorce, alcohol and drug addiction, suicide, and physical abuse are just some of the skeletons we keep under lock […]

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