Carols, greeting cards, and church bulletins all proclaim Christmas is about "joy" and "peace". But this year, there doesn't seem to be much of that in the world. So, what gives? When Christmas is placed in context to the larger story of the Bible, the reason for joy and peace becomes much clearer.
Mary, did you know... that your baby boy... would one day rule the nations? Yep, she did. Learn what Mary knew about Jesus from the angel Gabriel and how she connected her story to the larger story of God's dealings with the nation of Israel.
The Bible says that Magi from the east brought three gifts to Jesus - gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But does the Bible say that there were three kings? In this fourth episode of "The Myths of Christmas", learn a bit more about the Magi and why they are important in the Christmas story.
Was there no room in the local hotels in Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph to have their baby? Did the townspeople slam doors in their face as they rushed around looking for a place to bear a child? In this second episode of "The Myths of Christmas", learn a bit more about what an "inn"… Read More »
When was Jesus of Nazareth born? Was it on December 25th? Does it matter? In this first short episode of "The Myths of Christmas", I'll discuss the limited evidence we have regarding the date of Jesus' birth and the importance of knowing the larger story surrounding Christmas.
After describing to His disciples how His kingdom would be established, Jesus encourages them through a parable to be persistent in prayer. God would indeed bring to pass everything He has promised, despite a seeming delay. This episode looks at the parable of the persistent widow from Luke 18.
Jesus continues His rebuke of the Jewish authorities in John 10 just prior to the Feast of Dedication in December of 28AD by drawing on a well-known Old Testament passage to them, Ezekiel 34. This episode develops that rebuke and connects it to the story of the Old Testament.
After Jesus calms the storm, He heals a demonized man in the region of the Gerasenes. Upon His return to Capernaum, He also heals Jairus' daughter and the woman with the issue of blood. These dramatic miracles occur very close together and continue to show forth Jesus' power and authority to the Galileans.
The Gospels offer no record of Jesus' life and words between His visit to the Temple at 12 and the start of His ministry at 30. What did the living God do during these years of silence? For those with ears to hear, the silence is deafening - for it is in these years that… Read More »
The Gospels only give us one glimpse into the years of Jesus' life between his birth and the start of His ministry, and its significance is momentous. When Jesus was twelve years old, He journeyed to Jerusalem for the Passover feast with His family. This episode looks at His visit and begins to lay a… Read More »
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