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Article: O Come O Come Emmanuel


How many times have you heard or sung this song so far this year? Maybe dozens by now? (Maybe you think, "Too many".) And how many of those times were you struck with the weight of its message? Maybe, like me, not many. The popularity of this song, mixed with its confusing lyrics ("Thou Rod of Jesse"?), can easily hide its rich depth. But let's look again at this song for ...

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Kids Lesson: God Keeps His Promises (Isaiah 9)


God Keeps His Promises (Isaiah 9) God keeps His promises. God promised to send a Rescuer, so He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world as a baby. Jesus saves sinners. He died on the cross and rose from the dead to rescue us. Big Picture Question Does God keep His promises? Yes, God always keeps His promises because He is faithful. Key Passage God is not a man, that...

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Article: O Little Town of Bethlehem


A man named Phillip Brooks penned these words in 1868 just three years after the end of the Civil War. He was inspired by a trip he had taken to Israel at the end of 1865 in which he had the great privilege of riding to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and taking part in a worship service that lasted until the Christmas sun broke over the horizon. Philip Brooks was an esteemed p...

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Kids Lesson: God Provided Manna (Exodus 16-17)


God Provided Manna (Exodus 16-17) God provided water and manna for His people's physical hunger. Later, He provided His Son, Jesus, for our spiritual hunger. Jesus said, "I am the bread of life" (John 6:35). The Israelites needed bread to live for a little while, but whoever has Jesus will live forever Big Picture Question Does God keep His promises? Yes, God alwa...

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Article: O Holy Night


How would you respond if you witnessed the birth of Christ? Such an occurrence would elicit a range of reactions from all believers, but one treasured Christmas carol highlights one of these reactions. O Holy Night sings of the precious night when the son of God was born into this world, eventually to suffer the wrath of God. The carol contains three verses, each emphasizi...

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