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The Incarnate Word

What follows is the apostle John’s Gospel account of the birth of Christ. Although unique, it is not altogether different from the birth narratives in the other Gospels. John’s Gospel begins with the words: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn. 1:1). This appears to be a short and …

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Christ, the Lamb of God

“Lamb of God,” what an interesting description of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I have raised lambs in the past and many farmers in our community raise lambs as well. Lambs, although cute, are not typically noted for their courage, their strength, or even for their intelligence. Why would Scripture describe our triumphant Savior as “the Lamb of God”? …

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Christmas—The Light Invading the Darkness

  In my observation, there are two ways people approach Christmas. One group enjoys it, looks forward to it, and loves almost everything about it. The other group thinks of Christmas and breaks out in hives. They stress over the financial strain of buying presents, the perceived necessity of finding that perfect gift, decorating the house, the cooking of a …

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Empty Houses

By Charity Grassmid Author’s Note: This poem was written following a move to the Midwest. While subsequently driving through Nebraska and South Dakota, my eye was caught again and again by abandoned farmsteads. With the buildings no longer occupied and the fields encroaching on all sides, there was pictured a peculiar despondency in these old bastions of the American stronghold—the …

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Thankfulness during a Bad Economy

Doesn’t it seem like things look bad and are getting worse? As you survey the social, political, and even religious landscape of our nation and world, don’t you feel a sense of dread? Is it time to panic? As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day this year, we could address this temptation to be afraid by comparing what we are …

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