Beyond Sunday: What Brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem? Was There Really a Census?
When others cast doubt on the historical accuracy of Bible events, such as the census mentioned in Luke 2, be prepared.
God Became One of Us
Part of what it means to be a Christian is to believe the unbelievable: that the historical human person, Jesus, who was born in a stable in a backwater village outside of Jerusalem some two thousand years ago, was actually God in the flesh.
Immanuel: God with Us Forever
The best part of Christmas is not the presents we receive, but the presence of God with us. Christmas can be a hint, a foretaste of the celebration God’s family will enjoy together.
Jesus is for People who Hate Christmas
My propensity toward Christmas gloom is one of the reasons I am so grateful for Jesus. Not in a “Jesus is the reason for the season,” kind of way, but in a, “Jesus is a holy warrior,” kind of way.
How Joyful Are You This Christmas?
Would your co-workers and neighbors? Would your classmates and roommates say you’re cheerful? If your friends knew no other Christians but you, what would their impression of Christianity be?
Beyond Sunday: The Word Was God
The language of the Gospel is as plain as possible, and turns every way to defend the divinity and personality of the Son of God.
Christmas: The Only Gift Everyone Really Needs
Christmas in America is mostly about gifts given and received. But Christmas is really about the gift no one seeks but everyone needs.
Mary: Portrait of a Woman Used by God
One of my favorite biblical role models is Mary of Nazareth. In her life I have found a wealth of wisdom for my own walk with God. Her story illustrates many of the characteristics of the kind of woman God uses to fulfill His redemptive purposes in our world.
Running Wild with Hope
As his parents watched Jesus mature, they couldn’t help but see his Nazareth years as a time of preparation for a calling they knew would inevitably lead him away from them.
7 Reasons Waiting Helps Us Grow
I don’t like to wait. No, let’s be completely honest: I despise waiting. Yet waiting on the Lord is essential for our growth.
Beyond Sunday: A Family Affair
When Christ's family looked for Him, they did not go in to find Him. They wanted Him to obey their wishes.
The Birth of Jesus through Joseph's Eyes
When we celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmastime, our attention is most often given to Luke’s account, because it gives us so much information. But Matthew's account is just as important in our understanding the event through the eyes of Joseph.
Jesus... in Every Book of the Bible
Here is a quick tour of how God reveals Himself in every book of the Bible.
What Does It Mean to "Seek the Lord"?
Seeking the Lord means seeking his presence. But aren't his children always in his presence? Yes and no.
Whatever is Lovely...
Philippians 4:8 admonishes us to think about things which are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Are these only spiritual things?
Beyond Sunday: No Difference
Though men differ greatly in the nature and extent of their sinfulness, there is absolutely no difference between the best and the worst of men.
Facing Today with the Book of Hebrews
When we read the book of Hebrews, we encounter a community of Christians living in a time of trial, struggling to understand God in the midst of suffering. Their story is our story.
And Be Thankful: A Thanksgiving Meditation
By submitting our requests to God with a thankful heart, we receive peace that transcends all understanding.
The God Who Provides
Do you see spiritual things clearly? Or is your vision of God and His will for your life clouded by spiritual cataracts or near-sightedness brought on by an unhealthy preoccupation with things?
God Has Dealt Bountifully with Me
Thanksgiving is almost here. Sometimes, though, we have trouble entering into the full spirit of Thanksgiving. And we feel sad, and even a bit ungrateful as Thanksgiving approaches.