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The Joy of Christmas

Darkness looms over the people. The people of Judah crave the pleasures of sin rather than the pleasures of God. As a result, storm clouds of judgment approach.  This is the sobering setting of the book of Isaiah as he…

The Incarnation Is Good News for Tempted Sinners: A Christmas Meditation

It’s Christmastime here in Brazil yet again. Which means it’s time for 90-degree heat, swimming on Christmas Eve, and Santa in Bermuda shorts.  The mall in our city even has an attraction each December that provides Brazilians with a “white…

The Closed Lid

Throughout the Bible, God uses illustrations to teach His people specific truths about Himself.  Sometimes it’s about His character, sometimes it’s instruction on how to relate to Him, and sometimes it is to remind us of the ways in which…

Peace on Earth

Peace is a popular topic this time of year. We sing about it in many of our Christmas carols and tend to think that because everyone is gathering together for the holidays, we’ll automatically just get along. After all, it’s…

God With Us: The Security of the Gospel

Each year during the Christmas season, I look forward to digging deeper into the meaning of the name Immanuel. The songs, sermons, blog posts, cards, poems, and even the natural direction of my personal Bible study all afford the opportunity…

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