Category: What is the Gospel?

Christmas: A Time to Turn To God

It doesn’t make much sense to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world without acknowledging the very reason He came. He came to earth to save us from our sins and give us eternal life. It would be a tragedy to enjoy the presents, food, time with family and friends, and everything else and miss out on the real point of it all. So if you haven’t already, it makes sense to let Christmas be a time for turning to God. It is very simple to do so. You just need to recognize that your greatest need in...

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Something to Hate

Do you have any words you outlaw in your home? Perhaps you forbid words such as “shut up” or “stupid.” One of the words I limit in our house is the word “hate.” I can’t say that I hate the word because I think it’s a powerful word that should be used properly. It should be reserved for serious things. When we say we hate something, we make a judgment saying “This is bad. It’s wrong. I loathe this thing so much; I wish it didn’t exist.” Therefore, I don’t want to hear my kids saying, “I hate peas”...

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Jesus Came to Bring Peace

Some Christmas cards are brightly colored red, green, or mystic-blue and golden beams, or Courier and Ives prints and unmistakably Christmastime greetings. Such cards remind me of Isaiah 40 and of the birth narratives in the Gospels. There’s no mistaking the promise of Christ, or the familiar depiction of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, as well as the angels the shepherds in the field. These are obvious Christmas cards. But then, there are other kinds of cards: more delicate, less apparent, but still is faithful and is beautiful. Perhaps the snowfall into a wood of Aspen. Maybe...

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When They Saw the Child, They Worshiped

“And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11). There is a library full of lessons in this single verse of Scripture. From this text, we learn about true faith, the purpose of our existence, the nature of worship, and the supremacy of Christ. Perhaps the best way for us to consider these lessons is by asking some potent, personal questions that Matthew gives us here. Who are the “they”? Who is it...

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Three Critical Truths about Redemption

“Redemption” is a rich word and perhaps somewhat unique among the great gospel words in our theological vocabulary, in that it’s a word that easily resonates with unbelievers. Some of our favorite stories, songs, and films are built around the themes of redemption. George Lucas, for example once said that the original Star Wars films were about the redemption of Anakin Skywalker. One of Johnny Cash’s greatest songs is titled “Redemption.”[1] Or, if you want an example a bit more highbrow, look no further than the character of Jean Valjean in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. None of this suggests,...

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