What is it about Christmas that stirs hope in the hearts of even the most cynical?
We catch glimpses of forgiveness, acceptance and redemption, things we humans need most, while watching old Christmas classics like Scrooge, Miracle on 34th Street, and It's a Wonderful Life—probably because we can easily relate to what is the best and worst of who we are while watching. Surely, even the doubters among us find reason for pause upon hearing the great line from Miracle on 34th Street: "If you can't believe, if you can't accept anything by faith … then you're doomed for a life dominated by doubt."
How true. Sometimes it just makes good sense to accept the unseen. Plugged in my basement is tiny device that I depend on with my life. It detects a toxic, invisible, and odorless gas I cannot see. Although I cannot see it, I believe carbon monoxide is real because of evidence proving its existence. more >>
It's the age-old question, "Was Jesus born on December 25th"? Is this actually Jesus' birthday?
The answer is … We really don't know when Jesus' actual birthday was. Some Bible scholars say that Israelites didn't celebrate birthdays, because it was more of a ritual from surrounding pagan cultures.
In Bible times, they would have taken the advice of King Solomon literally, "A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth (Ecclesiastes 7:1 ESV)." more >>
There is a war on Christmas, one of much greater magnitude than generally is reported.
It's not a war against saying "Merry Christmas" or public nativity scenes or religious billboards, although sometimes opposition to these things takes place. Much more profoundly the war against Christmas is waged not seasonally or incidentally. It's deliberate, sweeping, invasive, and brutal.
The true war on Christmas is an eternal war, one in which Satan seeks to dethrone the God of the universe and thwart His plan for those made in His image and likeness. more >>
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'Fear not.' We need to hear those simple words loud and clear this Christmas season. Fear runs through the hallways of many hearts these days screaming, 'Be afraid, be very afraid.' Why such fear? It could be said many are experiencing many levels of debilitating, paralyzingly fear—a lack of courage to live with faith, hope, and love.
The first level of fear is actually primal and nearly unexplainable. It is the feeling that there's been an earthquake in our world, homes, schools, government, in culture in general, that has shaken the foundations of human existence—and no one knows the location of the epicenter of the earthquake. Like a tsunami that rips across the ocean floor, only showing its power at the last moment as it rises out of the depths of the waters crashing onto a beach filled with unsuspecting tourists, the seismic changes that were stirring beneath the surface are now crashing onto the beaches of daily living, drowning us in fear, doubt, and anxiety. This fear breeds primal anxiety.
Add to the general fear of seismic change the spiritual and moral anxiety many feel and it makes for a potent mix. Many are asking, 'Who changed the moral, spiritual, and relational rules of life? Definitions of time-honored institutions and meanings have been changed, truth seems subjective and whimsical, and it appears that the 'inmates are running the asylum.' How did this happen? Have we lost our moral and spiritual acumen? And why does it seem that everyone simply does what is right in their own eyes? Moral chaos and anarchy rule the day. The fear of losing a moral and spiritual center is palpable. This fear breeds uncertainty. more >>
Christmas is a time full of tradition, as the holiday has been celebrated for centuries long before the United States was a thought or Europe knew about America.
This special wintry time of year is full of Santa Clauses, evergreen trees, mistletoes, presents, and a host of good cheer and family gatherings.
Ever wonder where some of these traditions came from? Listed below are some Christmas traditions and where they came from. more >>