Why a Baby?

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The Israelites understood from prophesy that God intended to send them a Savior.  But the only hint on how the Messiah would come is found in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (God with us).”…

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What Lies Buried

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When touring biblical historic sites in Israel it is common to hear the labels of “traditional” versus “authentic.”  Traditional sites are those that claim significance through word-of-mouth, but don’t necessarily have the physical evidence to back the claim.  Authentic sights are actually very rare, and are generally a result of…

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But There’s More

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The day that I came to know Jesus as my Savior was the greatest day of my life.  Ecstasy, love and peace that I had never experienced completely overshadowed the horrible days that preceded it.  This was a mountaintop experience I never wanted to leave, and believed could never be…

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Crossing the Great Divide

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Great divides show up everywhere from schools of thought to geological terrains, but when a great divide occurs between friends, it can be very painful.  Most of us have experienced this unfortunate circumstance.  The well-intended friends who comforted Job by sitting with him in silence for seven days while he…

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400:1 Ratio

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When Israel was divided into two kingdoms, Jehoshaphat, a king who faithfully followed the Lord, ruled Judah, while Ahab, a king who worshipped Baal, ruled over Israel.  The two Israelite nations had previously warred against each other, but now were allied through a royal marriage.  So when Ahab wanted to…

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Where is the Starting Line?

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“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,a stronghold in times of trouble. 10Those who know Your name trust in You,for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You. 12For He who avenges blood remembers;He does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.” —Psalm 9:9-10, 12 This is a…

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Look Deeper

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The longer most of us live, the more aware we are that what appears correct at first glance is not always so.  It’s almost comical to remember how certain we were of “facts” in our youth that we presently know as false or at least “spin.”  That is probably why…

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The Importance of the Celebration

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A number of Christ-followers, including myself, have looked at Christmas as the celebration of Jesus’ birthday.  That view is supported in Western culture with the emphasis on manger scenes featuring a beautiful, helpless baby.  Certainly the reminder of what Jesus did for mankind in leaving His glory in Heaven to…

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