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Light Shines in the Darkness

I’m awestruck to think that the Light of the World, the Creator of the ends of the Earth, willingly gave up his position in heaven and confined himself to the darkness of the womb for nine months.

Why “I’ll pray for you” is not always nice. What to say instead.

We say it (usually) with good intentions. But to the unchurched, it can sound confusing or even divisive.

What if you were holy?

Whoever you are, right this minute, imagine that God accepts you, and that He calls you “holy, pure, and blameless.” And not because He’s tolerant, but because you are holy in his sight. Not after you clean up. Not after you deal with some things. Right now. This minute. What would that feel like?

The Seal of the Spirit

Whoever you are, right this minute, imagine that God accepts you, and that He calls you holy, pure, blameless. And not because He’s just tolerant, but because you are holy to Him. Not after you clean up. Not after you deal with some things. Right now. This minute. What would that feel like?

What is Jesus doing in my Jewish Bible?

Israel Cohen grew up in a Jewish family, believing that Jesus is for Gentiles. He was surprised to see Jesus in his Jewish Bible.

NOT Jewish Christmas: Why we celebrate Hanukkah

“But that’s your Christmas,” my neighbor insisted, after I explained to her that the menorah on the table was for Hanukkah.

“No,” I said,”It’s not. It’s Hanukkah.”

“Right. Your Christmas.” She smiled her tolerant smile.

“It’s a different thing…” I started, but she had made up her mind…

Is Your Holiday Hurting Your Relationship?

“If you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others?” — Jesus (Matthew 5:47) Every holiday season, people contact me to ask for prayer for broken relationships caused by doctrinal differences. So much hurt is caused in the name of “defending the faith”. Is having or not having a Christmas tree in your living room really worth your marriage? Is candlelight more important than compassion? …

Easter-Only Churchgoers Want More

Today, Easter Sunday, churches across the world are filled to overflowing with people who do not usually go to church–people who have been hurt by Christians or who are not sure they really believe all this Bible stuff; people who hope to see a kind face and hear a merciful word. In spite of their doubt and fear, they feel compelled to attend a church on Easter to hear about the sacrificial death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

The Worst Sinner in the World

I’ll call her Grace. That’s not her real name, but she’s a real woman. Looking down, wiping tears, with her voice barely above a whisper, she told me, “I haven’t gone to church in a long time. I believe. . . but I don’t pray anymore, not since. . . well, I just feel. . . not worthy.”

Yom Kippur and a New Covenant

Yom Kippur, the Biblical Day of Atonement, begins at sunset tonight. It is the most somber night of the year for Jews–a day of rest, prayers, fasting and repentance. The observance began as a direct command from the LORD:

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