A Baby Wrapped in Swaddling Clothes, Lying in a Manger
At the beginning of Luke's gospel, Joseph and Mary are together in an enclosed
place, wrapping Jesus tightly in cloth strips, laying him out on a table/manger.
An almost identical scene plays itself almost at the end of Luke's gospel.
I. This Sunday in Church
Bible Readings for This Sunday (December 25)
Sermons for This Sunday (December 25)
II. Featured: Christmas
Why We Celebrate Christmas
Christmas is the opportunity to worship God, to bow down and pay homage to
Him for humbling Himself and appearing in human form. ...
The Wonderful Christmas Message in a Nut Shell
A Savior was born! Traces the meaning of Christmas from the scriptures. ...
Jesus is for People who Hate Christmas
If you're feeling gloomy, take heart. Jesus is for those who hate Christmas. ...
The World's Greatest Gift Meets Humanity's Most Desperate Need
Your life can be filled with treasures and pleasures, but if you ignore
Jesus and His message, you will regret it for eternity. ...
Christmas Has Come
Christmas has come! Whether we are finished with all on our lists or are
mentally prepared for the guests we now host, Advent reminds us that
Christmas comes. Christmas comes because Christ has come, because Christ is
here now, because Christ is coming again. ...
III. More On Christmas
Crisis at Christmas
We tend to sentimentalize the Christmas story as we think of the baby Jesus in
the manger. It is not absolutely wrong to be sentimental, but we must also be
prayerfully sober about how difficult that first Christmas was, and about the
heroic virtue required of Mary and Joseph in order to cooperate with God in
making it come to pass. ...
Swirling Emotions, Anchoring Hope
The amazing story of Christmas is that He took our worst in order to give us His
best so that we might live with joy and spread the smiles and laughter that come
from His gift. But peace, which comes to those of goodwill, always comes at a
Homily On Christmas Morning
What shall I say to you; what shall I tell you? I behold a Mother who has
brought forth; I see a Child come to this light by birth. The manner of His
conception I cannot comprehend. ...
I Hear Music in the Air! – A Homily for Christmas
The mysteries of Christmas are many. Among them is the mystery of the music
heard that night. The angels shouted the great declaration, "Glory to God in
the Highest," and creation takes it up as a song. But why this music? ..
Sweet Little Jesus Boy
The world didn't understand Jesus when he walked on the earth, and the world
still doesn't understand him today. That fact ought to give us patience when
we talk to unbelievers. ...
IV. More Christmas Articles
The Radical Dream of 'Peace on Earth'
Christians regard Jesus as the "prince of peace," and the dream of a world at
peace is woven into the story and meaning of the holiday celebrating his birth.
Christmas For Kids: The Birthday of Jesus
The story of Christmas, told for kids. ...
The Real Meaning of Christmas Lights
For Christians, these lights have a deeper meaning. The night is far spent, the
day is at hand. At the moment when the darkness of human society is at its
deepest, the Light of the World will come. ...
The Lost Christ of Christmas
If you're not careful, you may lose Jesus this year during the Christmas
season. Rather than Christmas drawing people closer to Christ, it's been my
observation that our eyes get distracted by parties and gifts. ...
What Does Jesus Want for Christmas?
What Jesus wants most for Christmas is that his elect be gathered in and then
get what they want most - to see his glory and then savor it with the very
savoring of the Father for the Son. ...
V. Supplement: Family and Food
Family Special: Making Christmas Memories
To create memories that will last a lifetime, no matter what the future
holds for our kids, we must reinvent the wonder of Christmas in ourselves,
and provide for them an environment where the miracle of a special family
Christmas can blossom. ...
Shirley's Christmas Recipes
Recipe: Maple-Cinnamon Coffee
Recipe: Saint Nicholas Day Baking Project
Recipe: Fantastic Fruit Cookies
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