Resources relating to the birth of Jesus.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 22, 2012

The Christmas story evokes so many beautiful emotions in us this time of year. For those who have eyes to see, Jesus' humble birth fills us with joy and stuns us with amazement. What churned in the heart of the LORD of glory to be born in such lowliness?

Amazement was also a common reaction of many in the four Gospel accounts. Whether it was because of Jesus' gracious words and wisdom (Luke 4:22) or His miraculous deeds (Matthew 8:27; Luke 9:43; Luke 24:41), the crowds, single individuals, and His inner core of disciples were constantly astonished by Him.

The events...

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Posted on November 22, 2016

God has designed us to love stories, and there's one story that He's going to use to thrill our hearts forever. This story, often called the gospel is what the Bible tells us about. However, the story of the gospel does not begin halfway through that book.

The story originated in a garden sanctuary in a land called Eden in ancient days. It continued to be told through a people called Israel, set apart by God to image Him to the rest of the nations. Then, over two thousand years ago, a Jewish child named Yeshua was born in adverse conditions and in the midst...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 22, 2015

On a seemingly ordinary day in Israel, the angel Gabriel visits Mary and speaks to her about the birth of her son, Jesus. Though the scene is very familiar to many, the connection with the Old Testament is often missed. In this teaching, Josh walks through Gabriel's words to Mary and connects it with God's promise to David in 2 Samuel 7.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 18, 2015

On a seemingly ordinary day in Israel, the angel Gabriel visits Mary and speaks to her about the birth of her son, Jesus. Though the scene is very familiar to many, the connection with the Old Testament is often missed. In this teaching, Josh walks through Gabriel's words to Mary and connects it with God's promise to David in 2 Samuel 7.

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Posted on November 25, 2015

Updated for 2016: Check out the 2016 Advent guide here!

Advent is a term originally derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming" or "arrival". Advent is a season in the Christian calendar where the church worldwide remembers Jesus' first coming and joyfully anticipates His second.

The story of Jesus doesn't begin with His birth. For centuries, the Jewish Law, Prophets, and Writings spoke about Him and what He would do. As the author of...

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Posted on September 4, 2014

Over the past several years my friendship with Jesus has grown tremendously by studying His life. The 89 chapters of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John offer far more than surface-level details about our Lord. The more I've sought clarity about Him through the four Gospels, the more I've realized that I've had some wrong assumptions about Him. Because I care about Him, I care about people knowing the truth about Him. So this post is the first of several where I'll talk about some common misconceptions about Jesus' life. I...

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Posted on December 19, 2013

Throughout this Advent season, I've been narrating the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus in several episodes of Opening Up the Gospels. Last year during Advent, I came across a fictional work that was deeply encouraging to me: a poem called The Innkeeper by Pastor John Piper. Though there is much uncertainty surrounding Mary and Joseph's arrival in Bethlehem, their place of residence, and if there was actually an "innkeeper" as we have typically imagined, I wanted to share Piper's poem again this year in hope that...

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Posted on December 11, 2013

Over the past several years I've written, recorded, or published numerous resources to encourage the body of Christ during the winter holidays. As we are progressing through yet another Advent and Christmas season, I wanted to share them with you. I trust they will strengthen your faith and deepen your fellowship with Jesus as you ponder His birth this year.

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Posted on November 21, 2013

UPDATED FOR 2015: Check out the 2015 Advent Guide here!

Advent is a term originally derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming" or "arrival". During Advent, the Christian church remembers Jesus' first coming and joyfully anticipates His second. From His lowly birth in a feed trough to His humble life among the people of Israel, Advent is a focused time to remember God's humility and faithfulness and to “fan the flame” of expectation for Jesus’ return to...

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Posted on November 24, 2012

Looking for the 2013 Advent Guide and Reading Schedule? Go here.

As a young boy, I eagerly anticipated Thanksgiving evening's desserts and Christmas morning's presents. But as I've grown older I've begun to more deeply appreciate the "reason for the season", as the coined Christian phrase goes. And as I have studied the life of Christ these past couple of years a different anticipation has arisen in my heart around the holidays - an excitement of the ...

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