May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the Magi, and the peace of the Christ child.
What would you say if you were told the virgin birth is superstition, a leap of faith, evidence that conservative Christians are less intellectual and more mystical? For some that is what they believe. Perhaps the virgin birth only comes up this time of year when we focus on Christmas. Maybe that lends itself to […]
In ten days, we will be celebrating the most significant holiday in history, the incarnation that gives hope to all. Most of us think we know the events leading up to and including the event and what took place after. If you got your information mostly from TV, Christmas songs and Christmas programs you may […]
In societies like Israel, a woman’s value was largely measured by her ability to bear children. To be without children often resulted in hardships of many kinds as well as public shame. Children were important for the expansion and preservation of one’s family and fulfilling God’s command to fill the earth. That stands […]
When God intervenes in earthly affairs, he almost always tells someone somehow what he is doing. (Perhaps always, I don’t know.) I do know that God didn’t keep the first Christmas to himself. Who was the first to know? Did you guess the priest Zechariah? He and his wife Elizabeth were known for their personal […]