Christmas

Christmas is Always

Christmas is Always

This is an article Kerry Walters, one of our participants, wrote for the Sunbury Daily Item on December 24. Kerry publishes a weekly column “Faith Matters.” His messages always speak to me. I hoped this one would do the same for you. Come to think of it, read first a quote he posted on Facebook […]

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Angels

Angels

We have come once more to hear the story of Jesus’ birth. We have come to remember the turning point, when God came to rule his world, to make right what has gone wrong. We gather in darkness, listening for promise, the slightest whisper of hope. The story begins with Mary’s Song, “God scatters the […]

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Paint Yourself into the Nativity

Paint Yourself into the Nativity

Shortly after we were married, Faith Ann and I purchased a small Renaissance painting of Christ’s nativity, Hugo van der Goes’ “The Adoration of the Child Jesus.” It is a triptych done on three wooden panels so it can sit on a table or altar. Jesus occupies the middle of the center panel, lying on […]

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Here I Come!

Here I Come!

All Advent, we have been praying, “Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Stir up your power, O God, and come.” Now on Christmas Eve, we hear God’s reply, “Okay. Here I come.” We jump back. We are afraid. Will we be able to control God if he really does stir up his power? […]

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Wise Men Search for the Baby: Epiphany

Wise Men Search for the Baby: Epiphany

Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth on Epiphany. Their equivalent of our Christmas Eve service sometimes involves the Wise Men’s search for the baby Jesus. In the dark of the night very tall, very black monks dress as the Magi. They then go through the village, stopping at every hut, knocking at every door. Very […]

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Lesson 12: Christmas Story as Salvation

Lesson 12: Christmas Story as Salvation

I think “The Peaceable Kingdom” and “The New Jerusalem” might be the only detailed pictures of salvation in the Bible. Most of our conceptions have been pieced together from short illustrations. The Christmas Story is a perfect example. Matthew’s and Luke’s versions are quite different, yet still offer the same magnificent picture of salvation. The […]

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