The Courageous Faith of Joseph and Mary

I'm reposting this from last year because, once again I find myself impressed by the courage and faith of Joseph and Mary. A lot of things could have happened to them in their time and culture. Per the Law of Moses, for example, intimate relations between a legally betrothed [engaged] couple could carry the death … Continue reading The Courageous Faith of Joseph and Mary

Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?

During the Christmas season you will hear some Grinch say: “Christmas is just a pagan holiday.” That statement casts doubt on the validity of Christmas in the hearts of all who hear it. But is it true? In a post last year, I researched this question and discovered the reason for the statement and why … Continue reading Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?

Emmanuel: God is With Us

Christmas is the celebration of “God with us” in Christ, through the miracle of the Incarnation. The action of God seeking and being with His people, is the overarching theme of the Bible. Christ with us is the reason for the season. In the Garden, God was with us… Then the man and his wife … Continue reading Emmanuel: God is With Us

Why Jesus was Born – Let’s get real

Today, in a Facebook post, my wife and I learned that a friend named Mark Price died in a car crash yesterday morning at 9:30. He was 48. Our hearts are deeply saddened. Such an event causes us to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas — Jesus came to bring eternal life for all … Continue reading Why Jesus was Born – Let’s get real

How did the Magi know when to look?

How did the Magi know when to start looking in the sky for signs of the Messiah's birth? The answer is in the instructions Daniel received from Gabriel over 500 years prior to the Magi’s journey. Daniel had given them a heads-up as to when to expect the King to be born. All we need is … Continue reading How did the Magi know when to look?

Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?

Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas someone will say: “Christmas is just a pagan holiday.” That statement casts doubt about the validity of Christmas, and for that reason it irritates me. This year I decided to determine if this claim was true. There’s a lot of detail involved, but I will summarize the support for Christmas … Continue reading Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?

The Shepherds Praised

After the shepherds heard an angel of the Lord announcing the Messiah’s birth and the multitude of heavenly hosts praising God, they went straight to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the feeding trough (Luke 2:8–20). The shepherds story amazed everyone. It was the first Nativity. When the shepherds returned … Continue reading The Shepherds Praised

Intimacy with God: Give Thanks

Fantasy is popular today.  There are fantasy movies, fantasy games, fantasy books, and of course fantasy football. We love it because anything goes. It’s all just made up. Worlds are created where anyone can do, or be, anything. The only rule is that there are no rules. And just when we assume there is a … Continue reading Intimacy with God: Give Thanks