Historians have been puzzled about the census. The one taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria. While all this begins to explain why Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, Luke is making a point. The birth of this little boy is the beginning of a confrontation between the kingdom of God - in all its
If you try to point out something to a dog, the dog will often look at your finger instead of the object you’re trying to point to. This is frustrating, but it illustrates a natural mistake we all make from time to time. It’s the mistake many people make when reading the Christmas story in Luke’s
George Frideric Handel's Messiah is one of the most beautiful musical renditions of Scripture ever created. What we don’t often hear about is the troubled back story during the writing of the Messiah. It was at this time that Handel was struggling financially because there was a shift in music,
Contributed by James Snyder on Dec 9, 2023
Nothing is more confusing than being in the middle of two holidays. I have just finished Thanksgiving, and now Christmas is before me. Each year, it gets more difficult to adjust to the next holiday. It’s hard for me to keep up.
For months, the focus was on that roast turkey for Thanksgiving. And
Contributed by Loyd C. Taylor on Dec 8, 2023
What is the most important part of Christmas?
What do we celebrate each year?
Is it the change of heart we notice in people?
Is it the spreading of Christmas cheer?
Is it wishing for falling snow flakes?
Is it picking out a Christmas tree?
Is it the laughter of little children?
Is it people singing
Contributed by Loyd C. Taylor on Dec 8, 2023
Where is the Hope of our salvation?
Where is the cause of the celebration?
Where is the One sent from above?
Where is He, the Divine Gift of love?
Where is He, born the Jewish King?
Where is He of whom angels sing?
Where is the One that shepherds seek?
Where is He of whom wise men speak?
Contributed by Loyd C. Taylor on Dec 7, 2023
“The Legend of Pepita’s Poinsettia”
Thank you much, my pretty friend,
For the beauty you display;
Those colors of green and red
Enhances our Christmas day.
Great is your reputation-
You’re like the Christmas Star,
For you are highly regarded,
No matter where you are.
You are called
Contributed by James Snyder on Dec 4, 2023
Dr. James L. Snyder
I'm not sure what happened to my closely guarded diet during these recent holidays, but I won't ask. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage has been so busy cooking and preparing food that she didn't have time to oversee my diet.
I love it when a plan comes
Contributed by Jerry Cosper on Dec 4, 2023
The ingredients of our life can lead to joy if we look at them from God’s viewpoint.
I am reminded of the family that sat down to a meal with their grandpa and dad, an old farmer. The farmer was asked to ask the blessing on the breakfast of biscuits and gravy. They bowed their heads as the
A guy sees a sign in front of a house: "Talking Dog for Sale." He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees an old black mutt just sitting there. "You talk?" he asks.
"Yep," the mutt replies.
The Hope (literally, the "certainty") of Christ's Return and His Glorious Appearance is a…
* living hope (1Pe 1:3)
* blessed hope (Titus 2:13)
* joyful hope (1Th 2:19)
* comforting hope (1Th 4:13-18)
* hope of
Acts 2 explains that before the Holy Spirit came and indwelt the believers at Pentecost, they were in unity. The Greek word is homothumadon, which the King James translates with the phrase “in one accord.” It’s a musical term that means to strike the same notes together.
We all know what it is
Notice the repeated emphasis on the Resurrection of Christ throughout the book of Acts. How can we do any less today in our preaching and teaching! Do you frequently mention the resurrection of Christ from the dead? If not, you should preach like Peter and Paul!
1. The pivotal point in Peter's
During the Middle Ages there was a popular story which circulated about Martin of Tours, for whom Martin Luther was named. It was said that Satan once appeared to St Martin in the guise of the Savior himself saying that he was Jesus.
Martin was ready to fall to his feet and worship this
At the end of the 19th century, two French writers went to visit the well-known French scientist, Peirre Berthelot. Berthelot was a kind of a scientific prophet. He forecast some of the weapons of mass destruction which would appear in the next century.
He said to the writers, "We have only
In 1884, a devastating famine struck India, claiming over 50 lakh lives. In the midst of despair, Christian organizations from America, driven by compassion, sailed to India to provide medical aid and sustenance. Dr. John, accompanied by his daughter Ida Scudder, arrived in Ranipet. The dire
In the quiet routines of everyday life, a seemingly ordinary event unfolded – a postman knocking on a door, bearing a letter. A child-like voice responded from within the house, promising to come and receive the letter. However, minutes passed without any sign of the resident. The postman's
En 1884, una hambruna devastadora azotó la India y se cobró más de 50 lakh de vidas. En medio de la desesperación, organizaciones cristianas de Estados Unidos, impulsadas por la compasión, navegaron hacia la India para brindar ayuda médica y sustento. El Dr. John,
En las tranquilas rutinas de la vida cotidiana, se desarrolló un evento aparentemente ordinario: un cartero llamando a una puerta con una carta. Una voz infantil respondió desde el interior de la casa, prometiendo venir a recibir la carta. Sin embargo, transcurrieron los minutos sin
Noong 1884, isang mapangwasak na taggutom ang tumama sa India, na kumitil ng mahigit 50 lakh na buhay. Sa gitna ng kawalan ng pag-asa, ang mga organisasyong Kristiyano mula sa Amerika, na hinimok ng habag, ay naglayag patungong India upang magbigay ng tulong medikal at kabuhayan. Si Dr. John,