Though gift-giving is special and can be done in a godly way, why would we want to miss this glorious time with our church family feasting on the joy of heaven in order to simply open earthly treasures?
Spurgeon: Santa or Scrooge?
Christmas then is not the season to be jolly, as if the other seasons are the opposite.
Seasonal celebrations have become more about seeking peace, gaining a glimpse of beauty, upholding tradition, or experiencing some other common grace than celebrating God incarnate.
“The head of all rule and authority” had one of those wobbly baby heads.
He emptied himself so that we would not see our own emptiness as a hopeless cause.
In the end, the Incarnation is not for analysis but for worship.
What we see in the wonder of the God-Man is a miraculous extension, not reduction!
The uniquely begotten Son of God stepped out of the glory of heaven to bring the glory of the Father to us. Does his birth not demonstrate his love for us?
Better than all other possible “solutions,” following the Christ you sing about would be the best.
We are in real danger of allowing the disappointments of life to discolor our understanding of God.
Along with the various sounds of the holidays, there is a tension in the air. And it’s not just the umpteenth repeat of “Christmas Shoes.”
Let all heaven say "Amen" to the praises of our hearts, and let the multitude of thy children here on earth, for whom this feast is spread, laud and magnify and bless thy name.
Our hearts tremble with love for that we have yet to see—as we long for the day when we see Him face to face.
We are held captive until Christ delivers us.
A punchy little Christmas poem.
Christmas can leave a good number of people feeling more empty than full.
Don't turn Christmas into a warm fuzzy.
There is a great danger this Christmas season of missing the point. And I'm not referring simply to idolatrous consumption and materialism. I'm talking about Christmas religiosity. It is very easy around this time to set up our Nativity scenes, host our Christmas pageants and cantatas, read the Christmas story with our families, attend church every time the door is open, and insist to ourselves and others that Jesus is…
What are the songs of Christmas that help you fight off cynicism or even despair? THE ones that remind you of the reason for the hope of Christ?
A Christmas poem by C.S. Lewis.
Christians stand on this confession not because it is a sweet sentimentality at holiday time, but because we know that it is integral to Christ’s gospel.
This is the witness of Scripture, the confession of the Church, and the only hope for humankind.
As I passed by each store, I saw white teeth smiling at me in frozen cheer from every window advertisement and I felt tired. I felt like I didn’t have it in me.
The cradle and the cross can never be separated.
The right response to the Christmas story isn’t “oh how cute” but “oh, how gracious.”
Jesus’ first arrival made way for his second. The incarnation and the second coming are wound together.
Happy are they who trust themselves with this conquering Lord!
It was a thing unheard of before, and unparalleled since . . .
God cannot not be omnipresent. So for Jesus Christ to be God incarnate must not mean he was not also God omnipresent.