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Joy to the World

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King...

"Joy to the World" -- one of the most beloved Christmas hymns of all time, but did you know? It wasn't written as a Christmas song?

A recent broadcast of "The Book" tells the story of how this song, which has been sung by generations during the holidays, was never intended to herald the nativity stories in the gospels.  English hymn writer, Isaac Watts, wrote this song for his work entitled "Psalms of David" in 1917.  The goal was to imitate the psalms rather than translate them ...

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Who is Jesus?

Who do you say Jesus is?  It is the question, isn't it?

In his Christmas Day message for "The Garlow Perspective," Jim Garlow says,

Homelessness.  World hunger.  Terrorism.  The economy.  What's the biggest issue of our time?  Of this season of the year?

"Who do you say that I am?" Jesus asks.  Until you know the answer to that question, you're not equipped to focus on all the other questions of life.

Until you're ready to answer Jesus' question, how will you ever answer the life questions of who you are, why you're here, and ...

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Trivia: "THINK YOU KNOW THE CHRISTMAS STORY?"

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1-Joseph was originally from which city?

         A-Bethlehem

         B-Nazareth

         C-Hebron

         D-Jerusalem


2-Which animals does Scripture indicate were present at Jesus' birth?

         A-Cows, sheep, goats

         B-Sheep and goats only

         C-Various barnyard animals

         D-None of the above


3-How did Joseph and Mary get to Bethlehem?

         A-Camel

         B-Donkey

         C-Joseph walked while Mary rode a donkey

         D-Who knows?


4-How many wise men came to see Jesus?

         A-3

         B-9

         C-12

         D-We don't know


5-Where did the wise men find Jesus?

         A-In a manger

         B-In Nazareth

         C-In a house

         D-None of the above


6-Who told Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem?

         A-Angel chorus

         B-Mary's ...

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Preprayer for the New Year

As we focus on the celebration of our Savior's birth this week, there's much in the world to remind us that darkness exists . . .  sadly, we experienced this here in Southern California in our own back yard as we watched the tragedy unfold in San Bernardino.

It's these conflicting thoughts of thick darkness and light, of encroaching evil and glory, which are on the mind of Anne Graham Lotz during these days before Christmas:

"Terrorist attacks in Paris, Colorado Springs, and San Bernardino have left us ashen-faced and horrified. Polarization within political parties, corruption at the highest levels ...

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People of Peace

PeaceHow do you bring peace to people whose very culture is against it?  Reach Beyond refuses to fear the darkness that entraps people when common sense says, "protect yourself."  They put on the armor of God and fervently pray for the sake of the unreached.  I saw this recently exemplified in the story of a medical mission team that was attempting to make spiritual inroads in Central Asia despite a ban on evangelism.  Here's how they did it:

Within each community, team members would "help in the process of identifying a 'person of peace' (someone who might be open ...

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Is “Are You a Christian?” a Terrible Question?

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Did you know that one of the worst ways to start off witnessing to someone is by asking them, "Are you a Christian?"  It seems counterintuitive.  But because many believe the United States is still largely a "Christian" nation, many people will answer "yes, I am a Christian" -- even though they don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

On Share Life Today, John Sorenson, president of Evangelism Explosion, recently shared a more effective way of finding out whether someone truly knows Jesus.

Sorensen suggests that a better question is: "If you died tonight and stood before God and ...

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