A Man, a Widow and a Painter

“…the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple…” (Malachi 3:1). It happened just as the prophet said it would. One ordinary day in Jerusalem, the most extraordinary Person ever born appeared. He did not stride in triumph. There were no trumpets announcing His presence. It was a still,...

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Das Krist Kindel

  I had fed the fire and stirred it, till the sparkles in delight, snapped their saucy little fingers at the Chill December night; And in dressing gown And Slippers I had tilted back “My throne .” — The old split-bottomed Rocker, And was musing all alone . I can...

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The First Silent Night

 “Silent night, holy night – all is calm …” So begins one of the all-time favorite carols of this season. Over the coming weeks, this song will be sung throughout churches as Christmas Day approaches. Silence, calm – these are not words that describe what many experience during these days....

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Good News of Great Joy

I bring you good news of great joy. For unto you is born … a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This shall be a sign unto you; you should find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. These are the words from Heaven spoken by angels...

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The Christmas Cross

Some aspects of Christmas disclose themselves covertly: the Christ Child, a tiny babe, was also Mankind’s Savior and continues to be our Personal Defender. You see, justice precedes love in God’s saving scheme and we must see this. Justice and judgment must factor in or we lose realness. Without grounds...

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Angels We Have Heard

She was a woman on the run. Feeling unwelcome and mistreated as a maid in the home of Abraham and Sarah, Hagar made her escape. She was pregnant and all alone as she sat by a stream in the wilderness of Canaan. At least, she had found a place of...

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Another Kind of Gift

For the shepherds, it began as a typical work night. They were at attention in the wilderness as usual.   These were simple, hardworking men who watched over animals with few defense mechanisms, since sheep lack claws or sharp teeth to use in encounters with their predators. These watchers were ever...

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