Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
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December 10 ‘For there is born to you this day in the city of David [Bethlehem] a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’ — Luke 2:11

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Do you know the story behind one of the most beloved Christmas carols, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”? Let me tell it to you. A young Episcopalian minister arrived in Jerusalem on December 24, 1865. He made his way on horseback about six miles south, to the little town of Bethlehem. He stood at the bottom of a hill and was struck by the vision of the town. With very little light around it, the town seemed so dark. How still and... More
December 9 ‘But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.’ — Micah 5:2

Prophecies Concerning The Messiah

One January my wife and I listed fifty-five separate prophecies made by today’s leading seers and psychics. As that year unfolded, we watched to see which of those prophecies would come true. Not a single one came to pass! Worldly prophets rarely predict events accurately. The worldly prophet Nostradamus became famous because he made one single and obscure prophecy which some believed Hitler fulfilled, but that prophecy could have... More
December 8 …‘Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind receive their sight and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up…’ — Matthew 11:4-5

The One To Come

Do you ever wonder whether Jesus is all He claimed to be? whether He’ll fulfill all the promises He made to us? Well, even John the Baptist, the one sent to prepare Christ’s way, had his moments of doubt. And when we wonder if Jesus is really the one, the answer He gave John should suffice for any of us. John was very familiar with the prophet Isaiah, and he knew the ancient prophecies concerning the Messiah (Isaiah 29:18,... More
December 7 "‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’ — Revelation 1:8

Who Am I?

“Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “Where am I going?” Sometimes these are called “college questions.” But by no means are they restricted to the college campus. I cannot imagine anyone in this world who has not at some time asked these penetrating questions. Unfortunately, most people who ask these questions never seem to find satisfactory answers. I don’t believe they ever will unless they... More
December 6 ‘[Christ] committed no sin, nor was guile found in His mouth.’ — 1 Peter 2:22

The Sinless Savior

A man able to walk through this life yet never sin—doesn’t that seem an impossibility? Only one human has ever accomplished this feat: Jesus Christ. In our society, we raise up many as heroes, but upon closer inspection, we find they have feet of clay. Yet Jesus could say, “Which of you convicts Me of sin?” (John 8:46). Holy men and women confess their sins. They keep short accounts with God. As holy people grow... More
December 5 ‘…“Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep, which was lost.” ’ — Luke 15:6

The Joy Of The Father

Have you ever had the thrilling experience of participating in something bigger than yourself, bigger than your town, bigger than your world? If you and I attend to it, we can have that privilege every day. How can we participate in such an exciting venture? By finding the Good Shepherd’s lost sheep and returning them to His fold. In Luke 15, Jesus tells the story of a shepherd who, upon losing one sheep, went out to search for it.... More
December 4 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Prove yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. — 2 Corinthians 13:5

Self Examination

Did you like taking tests when you were in school? If you didn’t, you’re in good company. Most of us dreaded tests, unlike the blessed few with natural smarts and good study habits. I hate to say this, but today is test day. Are you ready? In today’s passage, Paul commands us to take a test—an open-book test comparing our lives with God’s Word. We must administer the test to ourselves, for this test is a... More
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