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Of all the months of the year, none has greater significance for the church of God, has more to say to us, carries with it more sentiment, than this month of December, which is with us once again. How soon! How time does fly! First of all, first also in the minds of young and […]

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The Message

Imagine you’re a shepherd tending sheep in darkest night; Suddenly the skies around you burst, and blaze with intense light. You’re aroused from lethargy, brightness penetrates your soul: Then you view a glorious angel where the heavens did unroll. You shepherds are sore frightened and begin to shake with fear; But the words the angel […]

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God Incarnate

Incarnation: what a comfort! Only God in heaven above Could determine so to save us In His everlasting love. We His creatures, steeped in sin Could not please a holy God; What we needed was redemption. Finite minds are overawed! God determined that His own Son Should in human form appear. God with man is […]

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Jesus: Born in God’s Time

As God’s people waited prayerfully for the promised Messiah, the world seemed to charge ahead with an agenda of its own. Before plunging into a long dark period of some 400 years, God had revealed to His prophets the coming rise and fall of great kingdoms. These kingdoms, however, did not simply exist to pass […]

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Christ’s Second Coming

Christ! Yes, this is the “kingly” name of our Savior. It means “the anointed one”. This title signifies to us that Christ was anointed as King. Christ, the eternal Son of God, was King from all eternity, and He came into this world as King and now lives and reigns as King forever. But do […]

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Begotten a King

Psalm 2 may be divided into two parts. In verses 1-6 the psalmist assumes the viewpoint of an observer, and speaks in the third person of the things which he has witnessed. The heathen raged, the people imagined a vain thing, the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers took counsel together, against […]

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God with Us

The word “Incarnate” came up in my English class recently when we were studying Greek and Latin prefixes. One student thought it meant something like “incarcerate’’ – something to do with a putting away. Another thought it was something evil because she had heard of a book with that word in its title, and that […]

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The Incarnation

Again our hearts are filled with joy As, in a special way We celebrate our Saviour’s birth, Well known as “Christmas Day”.   Our thoughts are drawn to Bethlehem The place of Jesus birth. The Son of God, incarnate To dwell upon the earth.   He left His home in glory In flesh here to […]

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The Incarnation

Again our hearts are filled with joy as, in a special way We celebrate our Savior’s birth, well known as “Christmas Day.” Our thoughts are drawn to Bethlehem, the place of Jesus birth. The Son of God, incarnate to dwell upon the earth. He left His home in glory in flesh her to abide. Obedient […]

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He Shall Return

The days are upon us when we again celebrate the wonder of wonders, the birth of our Lord. The story is simple and transparently clear—even the young children understand and know it. We, too, are so very familiar with the narrative; we have heard it so often. The angel, Gabriel, was sent from God to […]

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The Incarnation

“And the Word was made flesh.” John 1: 14a Incarnation! What a miracle, and what a mystery! It means: coming into or being clothed with flesh. We might, of course, also speak of the birth of Christ. However, that is not enough. The mere word “birth” does not express what really happened in that wonderful […]

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The Profit of Christ’s Birth to Us

We will never know completely the ruin that sin wrought, in Heaven and on earth, and amongst the children of men. Ever since it first made its appearance, it has brought untold woe, by the separations it has brought about. Separation between heaven and earth; separation between God and man; and separation between man and […]

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The Impact of Christ’s Coming

“Watchman, what of the night?” “…the morning cometh…” And the coming of this Morning produced a strong impact upon the people of Christ’s time. In fact, there were two exactly opposed results: one of great rejoicing and the other of intense fear. The rejoicing began even before Christ’s birth. At Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, they […]

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The First and Second Advent

Christ was here! Christ shall come again! The meaning and significance of these two simple phrases is tremendous. The first advent realized all the hopes and prayers of the patriarchs for the Saviour whose coming was as the dawning of a new day over against total darkness. His humble birth in Bethlehem’s stable was the […]

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The Watchers on Zion’s Wall

We read in the prophecy of Isaiah that a watcher stands on the wall of Zion. He is asked, “Watcher, what of the night” And the watcher answers: “The morning cometh, and it is still night!” The Sun of Righteousness is risen, and it is still night. That was the strange phenomenon in Israel, the […]

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His Humble Birth

Perhaps the first thing a child is taught concerning the birth of Jesus, is the place of that birth. And even before it has learned to speak correctly, it will answer when asked, “Where was Jesus born?” “In Bethlehem.” A little later, details are added which more definitely state the location and children are taught […]

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He Came Into His Own

According to the church calendar we shall “celebrate Christmas” pretty soon.  But one, unto whom the promise of the gospel: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord” is not given, does not know what Christmas means, even though he or she “celebrates Christmas.”  […]

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The Baby’s Name

Those of us who have children or are responsible for naming of children know how difficult it sometimes is to do so.  We lack the intuition to name them according to their natures or individual characteristics so about all we can do is either name them “after” someone or select a name which “sounds well.” […]

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God’s Son Jesus

I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. It demands no true, saving faith to believe the mere historical fact that once a child was born, among the millions of others whose mother’s name happened to be Mary, whose father was known as Joseph, and whose birth was recorded under […]

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In A Manger

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him. . . in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” In a manger: in a lonely stable: somewhere on the outskirts of tiny Bethlehem! In a manger?! He the Christ of God, the long-awaited […]

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The Babe of Bethlehem

Bethlehem! Wonderful Bethlehem! Where the wonder of all wonders, the mys­tery of all mysteries, the Incarna­tion of the Eternal Logos, is ac­complished in the way of the sign of all signs, the miraculous Virgin Birth! Blessed Bethlehem! Small to be numbered among the thousands of Judah, yet to us the greatest of them all! For […]

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When the Fullness of Time was Come

Under the above title I shall write on the subject assigned me for this December issue of our “Beacon Lights”. The subject on which I have been asked to write is actually: “The Political Condi­tions of Rome and Palestine at the time of our Savior’s Birth and the relation of the former to the lat­ter”. […]

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