Christmas Eve

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17 Responses

  1. Jean says:

    Good word.

  2. Scott says:

    “The announcement of Christ’s birth wasn’t given to professional clergy, politicians, or celebrities…it was given to the most common of men.”

    Amen to that!

  3. Paige says:

    ” This Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity – hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory ”

    We certainly need Hope in this life…

    Thank you Michael (and Dr Packer)….. Blessed Christmas to you and Trey and Miss Kitty.

  4. dswoager says:

    I have often wondered what life was like for these shepherds after that night. You have this wild supernatural announcement made to you of the savior being born, but one would assume that a majority (or all of) their life afterward was likely spent waiting to see how it would eventually play out. I would imagine that their story would speak a lot into our own.

  5. Michael says:

    Paige,

    Thank you…and thank you for being one of those friends that is like family.
    We have hope indeed…

  6. Michael says:

    dswoager,

    I think their story is fascinating….been thinking about it all night.

  7. Erunner says:

    Hope this isn’t out of place. “because at the Father’s will Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that thirty years later he might hang on a cross.”

    Wasn’t it 33 years?

  8. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Merry Christmas to all – busy week end, I am working all 4 services tonight and the one tomorrow morning. I may have bit off more than I can chew – the last service tonight ends at midnight. 🙂

  9. Erunner says:

    I’m in Luke currently and it’s interesting with Gabriel’s appearances and in some of the interaction Jesus had with His disciple both He and the angels would say “fear not” in various situations. There was never a rebuke, just those two words. The angel of the lord said those same words to the shepherds.

    Trying to grasp the full implication of the new covenant and of God’s grace towards His children is more than I can comprehend.

    What a wonderful thing to be a child of God. There is no room for boasting or pride on any level. God grant each of us His strength to live in humility. Merry Christmas to all of you. What a wonderful family we have here in this community.

  10. Xenia says:

    As always, we will celebrate western Christmas tomorrow with non-Orthodox family members and January 7th with our church family. Merry Christmas and Blessed Nativity!

  11. Xenia says:

    May God give MLD strength!

  12. Uriahisaliveandwell says:

    Wonderful Message, Michael

    For those of us who sleep on the street or in our vehicle, it is the hope that keeps us and gives us the joy and peace to share with others as we cross one another path.

    Liked your comment Erunner.

    Life is so short and full of uncertainty. Two days ago, as I was crossing the street, signal turned green and me being 3/4 of a way across the intersection. Car going way faster than what was posted did not see me. I literally jumped backwards, as he swerved to miss me. Thank God, the driver decided to swerve the opposite direction for if he had not I would not be here to write this. Along with this, there was a car trying to make a right hand turn, so the driver that swerved, did so by going in a space that was just big enough for his vehicle to pass through.

    Funny, I have always taken great joy in the Christmas season for many reasons, all having to do with our Savior’s birth. This year, even more so.

  13. Xenia says:

    I am glad you survived to celebrate another Christmas, Uriah. Merry Christmas, dear sister.

  14. Erunner says:

    Thank you Uriah. Merry Christmas!!

  15. Uriahisaliveandwell says:

    Have been pondering the historical setting our Lord’s birth, then heard on the radio that supposedly God was silent for 500 years before this. Given the studies I have done on the history of the east this left me wondering why anyone would teach this. For God was with His people, even during their captivity and then when those who chose to do so returned to their homeland.

    Perhaps, this person meant to say that historically speaking there is a 500 year gap of time that the scriptures do not cover. Or, just maybe, some believe that since there appears to be a gap in scripture from Malachi to the time of the birth of the Messiah, God must have been ignoring or had forsaken His people. In this case, I question why it is that over and over scripture tells us that God never would forsake them. Chastise, yes–but forsake them, just doesn’t ring true given what is written.

    Found this article by Ray Stedman that might be of interest.

    http://www.templemount.org/0240.html

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