Monthly Archives: December 2012

What Kind of a Man is This?

“The angel told Mary… You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus… Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:34-35).

Matthew put it this way: “This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18).

The Virgin Birth. Not one miracle, but two. Two miracles: Each equally amazing. Each equally awe-inspiring. Each absolutely essential to who Jesus was. Each absolutely essential to your salvation and mine.

Two miracles.

When you are through hearing this podcast, you will understand this singularly significant statement: Neither Matthew nor Luke needed to prove the Virgin Birth. The Virgin Birth proved itself.

When you are through hearing this podcast, you will have gained a whole new understanding of the Virgin Birth, and a whole new appreciation for what the Virgin Birth means to your life and mine today, right now, in real time.

You can hear the podcast by clicking on the podcast player to the right, or by clicking HERE. Enjoy!!! 

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One Solitary Life

“He was born in an obscure village, the Child of a peasant teen who knew not man. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. 

“He never married or owned a home. He never held a job, yet paid taxes. He never set foot inside a metropolis. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never wrote a book, or held an office. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. He received no awards, no medals, no prizes from His peers. 

“While He was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends deserted Him. He was turned over to His enemies, and went through the mockery of a trial. He had no lawyers, no friendly juries, no fair hearing. 

“He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had – His cloak. After He died, He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave…

“And yet two thousand years have come and gone, and today He is still the central figure…of the human race. 

“All the armies that ever marched and al the navies that ever sailed and all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as this ‘One Solitary Life.’”

No, I didn’t write this. I quote this. A little gift from me to you. A simple yet timeless piece of poetry that puts this Christmas day into its proper perspective.

Merry Christmas, everyone, from our home to yours.

 

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All But Invisible — The Unsung Heroes of the Christmas Story

“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified” (Luke 2:8-9).

Do you see what is so singularly significant about that statement?

You will after you hear this podcast. Trust me, you may never hear nor read the Christmas story in quite the same way again.

You can hear the podcast by clicking on the podcast player up on the right, or by clicking HERE.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, from our home to yours!

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A Shadow Cast Across the Cradle

How much thought do you put into the gifts that you give at Christmas?

I have no doubt that the Wise Men put a considerable amount of thought into theirs.

The three gifts that these mysterious visitors from the East presented to Jesus — Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh — tell a remarkably riveting story. Indeed, the single most compelling story that has ever been told 

This story is so beautifully symbolized and so clearly communicated in a curious combination of three unusual-yet-fascinating gifts.

Spoiler Alert: After hearing this message, you may never look upon a manger scene the same way again.

You can hear the podcast by clicking here. Or you can click on the podcast player on the upper right.

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A Man Sent From God

twoHis eyes blazed with the fire of conviction. His voice thundered as he peered out from behind his uncut hair and unkempt beard. He wore a camel’s-hair garment bound with a leather belt. He ate a strangely strict diet of honey and grasshoppers, of all things.

Yet when he spoke, the people trembled. Why?

What did he want?

Where did he come from? Who was this strange specter that haunted the barren sands of the Judean desert? 

What was it about him that caused Jesus to pay him the highest of all possible compliments?

For over 400 long, deafeningly silent years, God had not spoken, God had not acted, no prophets had arisen, no angels had been seen. A 400 year drought of any voice from God.

Suddenly, shockingly, unexpectedly, amazingly that silence was shattered. Shattered by an angel heralding the miraculous birth of a remarkable child.

In this podcast, oneyou are about to meet one of the most remarkable people ever to walk across the biblical stage in this epic drama we call “Jesus in HD.”

You can meet him by clicking the podcast player in the upper right, or by clicking here.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the compelling, history-altering story of “A Man Sent From God.”

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