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December 2010

Alpha and Omega

   As we turn the calendar from one year to the next, we often recall what happened over the last year, and look forward with expectation to the new. In the Bible, God encourages this kind of thinking about spiritual things.    Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:13). Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last. This reminds us how God is faithful to His promises...

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The Christmas Rush

   Have you bought the presents? Are they wrapped? How about the outdoor decorations, Christmas tree, planning for family gatherings, cookie baking, snow blower, and those new clothes you want? Christmas is a hectic time of year. So much to do and so little time.    How did we come to this? Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The second person of the Trinity came to earth to be born a human. God carried out His plan of salvation by sending His eternal Son to...

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Advent – the *Coming*

   Advent is the 4 week period before Christmas, when we focus on the constant coming of Jesus to us through Christmas, the Bible, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and at the end of the world.    Advent especially helps us prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming at Christmas. The words of Isaiah the prophet, written about 740 years before Jesus was born, help us prepare for Christmas: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him...

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Knocking Over Straw Men

    It’s easy to make someone look foolish when you make false claims about them, and then show how foolish they are. Today, it’s popular to set up such straw men, and knock them down, when talking about Christians who believe in a young earth and a world-wide flood.    Public museums, newspapers, science textbooks, and TV science shows sometimes falsely claim that creationists believe God made all animals as they are today, that dinosaurs never existed,...

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The Real Jesus

   TV and magazines often have a show or cover story about the “Real Jesus.” They always interview several “experts” who say that Jesus is someone other than the Jesus described in the Bible. These so called “experts” do not believe what the Bible says about Jesus. They invent the “Real Jesus” from their own imagination.    The Bible tells us that Jesus is fully God (John 1:1; Isaiah 9:6), fully human (John 1:14; Romans 8:3;...

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