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The Birth of Jesus: A Story of Shame

Jesus’ birth involves more humiliation than glory. The Son of God was in glory, but he saw us living in the slimepit of sin, and he loved us so much that he came into this slimepit to save us. He gave up his glory and he lived in humble circumstances. When Jesus was born, people were not amazed by his glory. There was no glory in putting a baby in an animal’s feed trough.

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The Date of Jesus' Birth

Many Christians acknowledge that no one knows the exact day Jesus was born. The precise date of Jesus’ birth is not critical, and speculation and controversy about this topic can cause Christians to lose focus.

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Baptism

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Baptism

Baptism is not a sign of something about us. It is a sign of something about God.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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When should a person be baptized?

A lot of people see baptism as something you do when you get your life straightened out. Others see it as the thing to do when you are ready to fully commit yourself to straightening out and flying right. But that’s not really what baptism’s all about!

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Trials and Faith

Some Christians think that they have a guaranteed a way to escape trials. They point to biblical promises that God will intervene for those who have faith in his Son.

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Commemorating the Crucifixion

Almost 2,000 years ago, a Jewish carpenter was condemned as a dangerous religious and political rebel. He was executed in one of the most painful and shameful punishments ever known: flogging and crucifixion. This form of death was a scandal to both Jews and Gentiles.

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Jesus Helps Us in Everyday Trials

Jeremiah in the cistern, illustrated by Ken TunellFrom birth to death, Jesus had a difficult life. He had moments of joy, and hours of pain — and we are no better than he is, so we cannot expect a trouble-free life. In this world, Jesus said, we will have trials. He warned his disciples about the cost of following him: They would have to take up the cross each day, willing to suffer and die, if need be, for their faith in Jesus Christ (Luke 9:23).

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Why Jesus Gives Us Hope

The Old Testament is a story of frustrated hope. It begins by telling us that humans were created in the image of God. But it was not long before we humans sinned, and we were kicked out of paradise. But along with the word of judgment also came a word of promise—God said that one of Eve’s descendants would crush the enemy (Genesis 3:15). A deliverer would come to rescue the people.

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Once in a Blue Moon

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Once in a Blue Moon

Sometimes our faith can seem like a blue moon, appearing only rarely, then disappearing again. We might feel that God has abandoned us.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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A friend recently sent me a picture of the 2009 New Years Eve blue moon he took on his phone camera from his home in Southern California. The moon wasn’t actually blue, of course, but it was certainly a rare sight. A blue moon, which is a second full moon in one month, is a rare occurrence in itself, occurring only once every two-and-a-half years.

But a New Year’s Eve blue moon occurs only once every 19 years. That’s why the expression “once in a blue moon” refers to something that is rare, special, uncommon or strange, but not impossible.

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Growing in Grace and Truth

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Growing in Grace and Truth

In Christ, we are the beloved children of our Father in heaven. All he asks is that we grow in grace.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Jesus Christ is not merely a great role model or a great moral teacher who pointed us down the right road. He’s our all in all, our everything, the beginning and the end – the goal of our faith and our lives.

It’s interesting to take note of the admonition the apostle Peter gives in the conclusion of his second letter.

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