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To Us a Child is Born

Christmas is here! Today we remember and celebrate the fulfillment of a promise that God made to humanity many thousands of years ago. Long before Jesus Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem, God’s prophets predicted the arrival of the Messiah: Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son […]

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The Other Miraculous Christmas Birth

While our focus at Christmastime is naturally on the birth of Jesus Christ, it might surprise you to learn that Jesus’ was not the only miraculous birth associated with Christmas! Jesus was preceded by John the Baptist, whose life and ministry would be defined by his role as a messenger announcing the promised Messiah. John’s […]

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The Saint John’s Bible Christmas Illumination

The story of the gospel as depicted in The Saint John’s Bible (@SaintJohnsBible) frontispiece to the Gospel of Luke: “The Birth of Christ.” Read Luke’s description of the birth of Jesus from Luke 1-2. “By the tender mercy of our God,     the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those […]

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Inspiring Christmas Week Reading: The Best Holiday Devotions from Our Library

Over the past weeks, we’ve talked a lot about our Christmas devotionals—special seasonal devotionals focused entirely around the Advent season. And we hope you’ve checked out one or two of them! But those aren’t the only place you can find inspirational Christmas content. Many of the “regular” devotionals in our library have been sharing insights […]

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Who Was Where at Christmas? A Christmas Story Timeline

Chances are you’ll be reading or hearing the Christmas story sometime this week! As a companion to your reading, here’s a timeline that shows where the myriad characters of the Christmas story were during events surrounding the first Christmas (click on the image below to enlarge): (Also available: high-resolution image and PDF.) This visualization traces […]

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Why Reading Scripture Out Loud This Christmas Is Important

Will you be reading part of the Bible out loud in a public setting this Christmas season—perhaps narrating the Christmas story at your church or a family gathering? Pastors and worship leaders around the world will, of course, be reading Scripture out loud at worship services throughout the holiday season, as they do all year. […]

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‘That’s What Christmas is All About, Charlie Brown’

December 9, 1965 is when the TV animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on the CBS network. It has continued to be loved by successive generations for half a century. The pinnacle scene in the program is when Linus recites the Gospel of Luke, second chapter, verses 8 to 14, after which he says, […]

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The Christmas Story in Stamps

The birth that occurred in the out-of-the-way town of Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago was, of course, of monumental importance and is now recognized internationally as the world-changing event it was. The account of that birth is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. [See and sign up for any of our free […]

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New: Short, Inspirational Christmas Devotions from Max Lucado and More

Now that Advent is here, several of our Christmas devotionals are officially underway! And since they’ve only just started, it’s not too late to sign up for them—see our Christmas Newsletters page to read about and sign up for our Christmas devotions! They include our popular Advent devotional, as well as a new kid-focused devotional […]

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Reminder: Advent Devotions Begin Soon

With Thanksgiving behind us, Advent and the Christmas season are just around the corner. Advent begins this Sunday, November 29! If you haven’t already, now’s the perfect time to sign up for one or more of our Christmas email devotions, which begin on or shortly after Advent. This year, we’re bringing out some old favorites […]

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