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The Meaning of the Incarnation

Joseph Tkach

The Meaning of the Incarnation

Have you ever considered how much of a sacrifice Jesus made by becoming one of us?

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Joseph Tkach

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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As we celebrate our Savior’s birth, I wonder if we ever stop to consider what a great sacrifice Jesus made by becoming one of us? Here is how Paul describes it in his letter to the church at Ephesus.

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Christmas for Sinners

Joseph Tkach

Christmas for Sinners

The story of Christmas can remind us that whatever trials we might face, whatever our lot in life, Jesus is with us and right there beside us. God knows our plight and stands alongside us in undying love.

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Joseph Tkach

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 the Magi finally met Jesus, the King of the Jews, after being led to him by a special star; they did not find him in a king’s palace. They found Mary, Joseph, and the babe in a manger.  

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The Meaning of Christmas (short video)

Joseph Tkach

The Meaning of Christmas (short video)

May this Christmas season be a wonderful time of joy in which we remember and celebrate what the birth of Jesus Christ means for all the world.

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Joseph Tkach

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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Even though people around the world celebrate Christmas on December 25, that was probably not the actual day on which Jesus was born. Many scholars believe that Jesus was more likely to have been born in September.

But the Christian celebration of Christmas is not about getting the date right. No one really knows the actual date. The celebration is about the fact that God loved humanity so much that he sent his Son in the flesh as one of us for our salvation.

In Matthew 1:23, the child Jesus is called, “God with us.”

In Mark 1:1, Jesus is called the Son of God.

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Christmas Past and Present in the Church

Have you ever wondered how Christmas came to be part of the annual Christian calendar? Here’s the fascinating story, which we begin with a surprising observation. Neither Jesus nor the apostles commanded or even suggested that the church should have a Christmas festival — and no evidence of such a celebration is in the New Testament.

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Paul Kroll
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Truce on Earth, Good Will Toward Men

About 15 years ago, I met an old soldier. A very old soldier. Frank Sumpter was more than 100 years old when we met. He was one of the dwindling ranks of veterans who had fought in the trenches of the First World War that raged from 1914 to 1918. Frank is dead now, as are all those who fought with him and against him.

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John Halford
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HolidayGreetings.com

I don’t do much for the holidays. I string up a few lights, more for a coziness factor in the cold than anything else. And I have a single star I put in my window every year.

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The Light of Lights

My teenage son is a Hoosier fan and one of his Christmas gifts was that I would take him to a game. The drive to Bloomington from Ohio was over country roads, making it a pleasant afternoon drive. After the game, however, the nighttime drive home had quite a different feel. The dark country roads with no streetlights made me feel as if I were entering a mystery novel, “It was a dark and stormy night…”

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Discovering Handel's Messiah

One of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time was written by a man on the edge of despair. In September 1741, George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) sat down to begin work on a new composition. Just 24 days later, he had finished what some consider the greatest musical work of all time.

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The Second-Best Christmas Gift

Sam wakes slowly as the sun breaks through the window. It is a Saturday morning in January. Sam smiles, remembering that he doesn’t have to bundle up against the cold and go to the office today. He smells the beckoning aroma of coffee from the gourmet grind-and-brew system (a Christmas gift to themselves). He slides carefully out of bed to avoid waking Susi, his wife, and heads towards the smell, already tasting the coffee in his mind.

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