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Category Archives: Christmas

Who Were the Magi?

The Christmas carol is called We Three Kings, but they weren’t kings, and there probably weren’t three. [Go deeper into the Bible with Bible Gateway online courses taught by leading scholars] Take a look: In the story of Jesus’ birth, Matthew tells us that magi, or wise men, came from the east to visit him. […]

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Grieving as the World Rejoices

By Kristen Kill The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NIV) I’d stopped driving once we arrived in Manhattan, but I often imagined what it was like to be a cab driver behind the wheel among so much honking and chaos. When I was a […]

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7-Day Bible Reading Plan for Christmas: Jesus is Born

Use this 7-day Bible reading plan to help you focus on the meaning of Christmas; the coming of our Savior as a baby. [See and sign up for Bible Gateway’s Bible reading plans] [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Prepare for Thanksgiving with Bible Gateway’s Free Email Devotional] Click each Bible reference to read the […]

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Happy Hanukkah—Know Why It’s Important

Hanukkah (Chanukah) is the Jewish 8-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers, and fried foods. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple (chabad.org). Be sure to the read the Bible Gateway Blog guest post, The Mysterious Festival […]

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The Year I Dreaded Christmas

By Walter Wangerin Jr. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who […]

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The Enemy of Our Souls is Allergic to This Bread

By Cynthia Ruchti “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:29 (NIV) Years ago if you had asked me to name my favorite kitchen cooking task, I’d have answered, “Baking bread.” A friend’s hearty wholewheat bread recipe made a heavy loaf—filling, satisfying, and a good Christmas gift […]

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Prepare Your Soul For Christmas With These Free Email Advent Devotionals

Are you ready to experience the peace and joy of Christmas? These free short-run email devotionals will help you set aside the stress and busy-ness of the holiday season and focus on the real meaning of Christmas—click here to sign up on our Christmas devotions page. Tell your friends so they won’t miss out! Our […]

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How to Keep JOY in Christmas

A bit of joy will do. But “great joy”? Is it almost too much to hope for? Where did all the Christmas joy go? How did things get so complicated? So rushed? So squeezed and cluttered? It doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose to step aside—step into a quieter moment—and read angels’ […]

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In Time for Thanksgiving and Christmas: A Special Note from Mel Lawrenz

I always want to make the most of times like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, and I’m sure you do also. Here are two opportunities… A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day is something you can use personally, at your dinner table on Thanksgiving Day, or in your church if you are a pastor. This is the first […]

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Infographic: The People, Places, and Timeline of the First Christmas

Back by popular demand is our Christmas “subway map” Infographic that shows the who-where-and-when of the Nativity when Jesus was born in Bethlehem (click the image below to enlarge it in a new tab): (Also available: high-resolution image and PDF.) This visualization traces the Christmas story as told in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2, showing […]

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