31 January, 2023

News

News that Moved Both Heaven and Earth to Rejoice

News that Moved Both Heaven and Earth to Rejoice

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Luke 2 describes a sky full of heavenly hosts giving glory to God because a Savior had been born. . . . Angels appear elsewhere in Scripture and bring significant news. But those appearances are not followed by a sky full of heavenly beings giving glory to God. . . .

The Christmas Program

The Christmas Program

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In the 1996 Christmas program, Margie Redford’s parents included a note to family members that encouraged them to “Greet each morning with this prayer: ‘Lord, what are You and I going to do together today? I’m reporting for duty.'” The Christmas programs were a family Christmas tradition.

Giving vs. Exchanging

Giving vs. Exchanging

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As much fun as it is to receive a gift, please consider that Jesus taught that giving a gift is even better, Jeff Stone writes in our second of eight daily Christmas essays. Giving is greater than exchanging. 

An Unprompted Carol Sing at Disney

An Unprompted Carol Sing at Disney

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That night at that Disney amphitheater, Arron Chambers recalls, “I witnessed the uncontainable joy Dad had for Jesus and all things Christmas.” (This is the first of eight Christmas reflections Christian leaders will be sharing in the days leading up to the celebration of our Lord’s birth.)

10 Months into War: A Grim Situation in Ukraine

10 Months into War: A Grim Situation in Ukraine

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After 10 months of war in Ukraine, more than 75,000 residential buildings have been destroyed, 40 percent of the electric grid is critically damaged, and many villages and small towns have been wiped out. Thousands have died and millions displaced. Amid all this, Christians are at work helping their friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.

Restoring Koinonia in Today’s Church

Restoring Koinonia in Today’s Church

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Apparently there has been some debate about the meaning of “koinonia” (Christian fellowship/community) as described in Acts 2:42 and the rest of the New Testament. I didn’t know that . . . until I listened to a recent podcast on the topic. . . .