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Peace for Whom?

December 25, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Luke 2 has some of the most familiar and encouraging words of Christmas? I mean, in particular verse 11, which says, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” And how about verse 14? When the multitude of the heavenly host praise God saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace among those with whom [God] is well pleased!” But the question has to be asked, for whom is this peace given?... Keep Reading

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No Vacancy Signs in Bethlehem

December 23, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

In Luke 2:1, we’re told, “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.” So you would think that if God so rules the world as to use an empire-wide census to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, He could surely have seen to it that there was a room available in the inn. Yes, He certainly could have. And Jesus could have been born into a wealthy family and lived an easy life without a care in the world. And yet, that’s clearly not what God had for Him.... Keep Reading

Turning the Hearts of Kings

December 21, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Have you ever thought what an amazing thing it is that God ordained beforehand that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem? Because that’s exactly what Micah 5:2 says, “But you O Bethlehem… from you shall come forth for Me one who is to be ruler in Israel.” So that’s God’s promise 700 years before the birth of Christ. And yet, God turns the heart of a king to orchestrate the details.... Keep Reading

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