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Topic: Christmas

grief

The Grief of Christmas

The grief of Christmas is real. For some, Christmas is a reminder of hurt, deeply-felt pain, and personal sufferings, even as it’s a joyful time of year to celebrate the coming of Jesus as the light of the world with the church, family, and friends. Maybe this is the way […]

For Nothing Will Be Impossible with God

For Nothing Will Be Impossible with God

He and his wife prayed that God would grant them a baby. Months turned into years, which turned into decades. Each year that went by, more of the same. No pregnancy. No baby. Just the quiet lives of two people growing old together. Eventually, they accepted that they would never […]

christmas preparations

Your Christmas Preparations Matter

Christmas is nearly here and we feel it—the humming of our homes with a last-minute hunt for a recipe; with the readying of each room for guests; with the setting aside of materials for a Christmas Day craft; with the selection of books to read whose covers shine, silver and […]

Christmas message

Do You Share the Complete Christmas Message?

Suppose you arrive home from work one day and find a white envelope, addressed to you, taped to the front door. You slide your finger under the back flap to open the envelope, which contains a single white piece of paper. On it a simple message is typed: Lunch at […]

Redemption

The Redemption of Christmas

There is some debate about what time of year Joseph took a very pregnant Mary to Bethlehem (see Luke 2:1-7): Scholars have tried tracking Jesus’ birth with how it relates to the birth of John the Baptist[1], or with details regarding the shepherds in the fields when Jesus was born. […]

Bible resources

Key Connections (December 7, 2016)

Are You Ready for Persecution? (Jordan Standridge, The Cripplegate) …those who have been persecuted are more mature. They seem to evangelize more, to say no to sin more often and to be an encouragement to those around them. The Unseen Misery of Dec 25th (Tim Thornborough, The Good Book Company) We’ve been […]

advent

Advent and Our Post-Election Longings

Where do we go from here? Perhaps that’s the question you are left with as the election season comes to a crashing halt. Like a slow-moving train on an uncertain collision course headed straight for our souls, the election lasted seemingly forever, but has now left much darkness in its […]

Advent

How to Make the Most of Advent

Today I sent out invitations for a Christmas pajama party, which I scheduled the week after the Christmas cookie exchange I’m attending, but three days before my church’s annual ladies’ Christmas function. We are entering Advent season, and I am busy. I don’t know about you, but parties, baking, decorating, […]

Merry Christmas

A Christmas Greeting from Pastor Colin

From all of us at Unlocking the Bible, Merry Christmas! “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14) There are thousands of people who see nothing special in Jesus Christ; but truly, those who believe in his name are given […]

Christmas lights

Learning From the Christmas Lights We Hang

When I studied at Moody Bible Institute in the downtown Chicago, December brought about two battling desires. The first desire was to finish the mountain of papers and finals before me. The second desire was to simply walk around the city, bathing in the bright Christmas décor. There was nothing […]

hustle and bustle Christmas

How Not to Get Lost in the Hustle and Bustle of Christmas

I have always loved the Christmas season: the sense of anticipation, time with family, hunting for the perfect gift for someone I love, cookie baking, decorating, and all the other rich family traditions that surround it. However, it isn’t that way for everyone. As every adult knows, we begin to […]

You Cannot Know the Meaning of Christmas Unless You Grasp This

On October 7, 2010, USA Today published an article entitled “How America Sees God.” This was based on the findings of two sociologists from Baylor University in Texas. The survey said that 28% of Americans see God as “engaged in history and meting out punishment to those who do not […]

christmas gifts

Three Great Truths to Behold This Christmas

Do you remember making your Christmas list as a child? Do you remember how, each year, there was one gift that stood above them all? And do you remember how you felt when that “one gift” was unwrapped? I remember screaming at the top of my lungs with my brother, […]

Cyber Monday, Bumper Stickers and Joy to the World

We’ve all seen them: the familiar bumper stickers that say, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” Have you ever stopped to ponder how ironic it is that, during the very season of Christmas, the obvious message of Christ seems to be rapidly squeezed out of our society by mainstream media and other […]

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The Best of Christmas on Unlocking the Bible

Happy December! Now commences a month of festive decorating, eating more cookies than we’d like to admit, shopping for loved ones, gathering with family and friends, and celebrating our Savior’s birth with all joy. Here’s to supplying you with valuable Christmas content that you can enjoy all month long, and all of […]