The First to Hear

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By Greg Laurie Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. —Luke 2:8-9 When God’s Son was born in a manger in Bethlehem, an unlikely group was the first to hear the news. If it had been up to me, …

Announcing the Birth of Jesus

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When the Virgin Mary gave birth to the Son of Man she named her child Jesus, as instructed by the angel Gabriel. Jesus is Yahushua, which means “Yah is Salvation.” Jesus came to save the lost. He is our salvation since we have forgiveness of sin and a restored relationship with God through His death and resurrection. “’And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from …

Christmas Feature: Santa’s Surprising Origins

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MYRA, Turkey – (Editor’s Note: This story was first published on December 20, 2001. It has been picked up and re-published all over the world every year since, becoming a Holiday Tradition–with updates.) He is lovable, congenial, giving and jolly. What’s more he knows everything, as any child will readily testify. He is a colorful old man, whose visits are eagerly awaited by millions of children each year and who, for a little while,makes the world …

Conservatives Like “Merry Christmas”; Liberals Like “Happy Holidays”

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By Selwyn Duke Ah, liberals. They really are a breed apart (mostly from sanity). And a timely example of how we’re a divided nation concerns the conservative/liberal dispute over how to greet people at Christmastime. As the Star-Telegram reports in a piece titled “‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’? Your response says a lot about your politics”: Two-thirds of Democrats (66 percent) said stores or business should greet customers with “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” instead …

Don’t Miss Christmas

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By Greg Laurie Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room. —Joy to the World This Christmas, don’t miss the point of celebrating Christmas. Don’t be like the innkeeper, who missed Jesus because he was too busy (see Luke 2). Make time for the Lord. Don’t be like King Herod, who was too afraid to let Christ rule his life (see Matthew 2). Turn …

What Christmas Is About

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By Greg Laurie Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. —Isaiah 9:7 As we look at our world today, we realize that part of the promise of Isaiah 9:6–7 has not yet been fulfilled. …

Just Another Night in Bethlehem

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By Greg Laurie Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things! —Joel 2:21 On the first Christmas Eve, there were no brightly colored lights on anyone’s homes. There were no stockings that had been hung with care or any visions of sugarplums dancing in children’s heads. It was just another night in Bethlehem. The census had gone out—that command by Caesar that everyone was to be taxed. But …

Why We Celebrate Christmas

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By Greg Laurie “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” —Matthew 1:23 It really is an amazing thing, to think about the mystery of the Incarnation—that mysterious moment when God became a man. Jesus Christ—God the Son—was born in a manger. He went from the throne of heaven to a feeding trough. He went from the presence of …