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Put Your Hand in the Hand of God

Put Your Hand in the Hand of God

In 1939, the British people were facing the possibility and uncertainty of war. The King’s Christmas broadcast, looking ahead into the dark days of 1940, provided a word of hope. It is a word that we need today: I said to a man who stood at the gate of the

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I’’d Rather Have Jesus

I’’d Rather Have Jesus

In 1932, when the depression had taken its toll in unemployment, hunger, and fear, George Beverly Shea was offered a fabulous salary to go into radio. Something made him hesitate. As he told the story, “I did’n’t know what made me put off signing the contract.” His mother, a beautiful

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Guess Who’s Coming to the Manger? (The Wise Men)

Guess Who’s Coming to the Manger? (The Wise Men)

God does as He deems best, but it is a bit of a stretch to send astrologers to the birth of Christ.  These Magi (Wise Men) were men of magic and science; the two were combined by most at their time in history.  Yet, God hooked the wise men with a star

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Jesus Came to Us (The Shepherds)

Jesus Came to Us (The Shepherds)

If there were country songs at the Birth of Christ, one would be, “Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to be shepherds.” Shepherding was not a high quality occupation. The Old Testament image of the Lord (Psalm 23) and the picture Jesus took on for himself (John 10:11) was

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Life With Jesus (Mary, His Mother)

Life With Jesus (Mary, His Mother)

She was so young, perhaps only in her early teens. Yet, Mary, the mother of Jesus, taught him his first prayer and sang the Psalms to lull him to sleep. In the gospel of Luke, especially, she is the picture of the perfect follower of Christ. First, her devotion shines

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Make Room for Jesus (The Innkeeper)

Make Room for Jesus (The Innkeeper)

The day when Christ entered the world, the world was uninviting: “There was no room for (him) in the inn” (Luke 2:7).  The innkeeper’s refusal foreshadowed what was to come.  Why did he refuse? First, he was too busy to invest in these weary travelers, Mary and Joseph.  The decree to pay taxes

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The Tablecloth: An Amazing Story

The Tablecloth: An Amazing Story

Here is a wonderful Christmas Story worth reading again (see the historic note at the end): The brand new Pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church,

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Questions in the Story of Christmas

Questions in the Story of Christmas

Christmas celebrations often attempt to sweep us out of the difficulties and pain of daily life and whisk us away into moments of sweet sentimentality and escape.  Yet, for many (I dare say most), the season of Christmas heightens the pain and confounds the problems.  If this is your experience,

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Mary said “Yes.”

Mary said “Yes.”

Does God wait for our “yes” to begin?  In His great sovereignty, does he choose to pause and listen for our allegiance, our cooperation, before the grand plan rolls out into eternity?  Don’t you find it easier to hide in the “God doesn’t need me to carry out His plans.” 

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Never Too Late to Be Born Anew

Never Too Late to Be Born Anew

The birth of Jesus in our world is God’s invitation to be born anew. An lovely and moving description of Christ’s birth in the human soul is found in the writings of Saint Augustine’s Confessions. Here is a modern translation: “Late have I loved you, Beauty so old and so

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