Why the Virgin Bi...
Mary spoke these words, perplexed by the news the angel gave her, “How can this be, since I do not know not a man?” People have uttered these words throughout history. “How can this be?” That is why the doctrine of the virgin birth is integral to the Christian faith. Men need to know that this is true. Jesus was a great man with god-like characteristics. He could do marvelous works: He could heal the sick. He c...
How Christmas is ...
“And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the tho...
Where Christmas B...
Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened; burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the scroll of the Book it is written of Me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within My heart” (Psalm 40:6-8). In Psalm 40 David spoke about his own willingness to submit to God and to make an offering of his heart and life before Him. Yet the Ho...
The Real Saint Ni...
While the story of St. Nicholas--more commonly known as Santa Claus--is shrouded in centuries of legends and folklore, there really was a man named Nicholas who was known for his kindness and generosity. Nicholas was born around 280 A.D. in Patara, Turkey, to a wealthy family. When he was a young man, his parents died, leaving him a substantial inheritance. Being a devout Christian, Nicholas took to heart Jesus' word...
How Can You Reall...
Check out this 60 second description of Pastor Brian Brodersen's new book "When God Became One of Us." Then click here to read a free excerpt. To purchase "When God Became One Of Us" visit The Chapel Store Online or Amazon. If you have a bookstore visit Calvary Distribution.
That Christmas Ca...
When I first heard “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, all I thought of was the movie “Robinhood, Men In Tights”. After a bit of research, I learned that an updated translation would read more like “God Keep You Mighty, Gentlemen”. Well, that made more sense, and erased the images of the aforementioned movie from my mind, whew! The refrain of “Oh tidings of comfort and joy” is an encouragement to press on no matter wha...
What's so Amazing...
Beneath the glitz, crass commercialism, and ostentatious religiousness of the modern Christmas season, there is hidden the true account of the birth of a humble servant, one who would change the course of human history. The real story is a startling mixture of the human and divine. On the one hand are humility, poverty, and a kind of dependency that is almost unimaginable. On the other hand, are royal grandeur, sp...
The End of Fear a...
Traditionally, Christians have remembered the four Sundays before Christmas Day as Sundays of Advent, often lighting a series of four candles over those days. In our home we have a row of four red advent candles, one for each of those Sundays. By the time the fourth Sunday comes all four candles are bright, their flames bringing light to our home. It's a tradition that can serve to prepare us to celebrate the earth-s...
In a perfect world we would not need to govern people in the earthly sense, because everyone would behave just as they should. Obviously, the same would be true in the church. However, the church is full of sinners, redeemed sinners, but sinful people nonetheless. Yes, we have a new heart and a new position in Christ, yet we still sin every day we are on this earth. Pastors and leaders are not even exempt from this p...
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