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The Link: Christmas Edition: 'Tis the Season to Be Vulnerable, Christmas Makes the Gospel Accessible & More

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The Link: Christmas Edition: 'Tis the Season to Be Vulnerable, Christmas Makes the Gospel Accessible & More

"'Tis the Season to Be Vulnerable"CalvaryChapel.com
"Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is the most beautiful example of this. Jesus embraced vulnerability on a scale none of us can ever truly understand. He made this universe. He spoke it into being. By Him all things were created. And yet, for you and for me, for the love of us, He became a baby."

"Professor, Was Jesus Really Born to a Virgin?"– The New York Times
"Given the existence of a Creator and Designer of the universe (for which we have good evidence), an occasional miracle is child’s play. Historically speaking, the story of Jesus’ virginal conception is independently attested by Matthew and Luke and is utterly unlike anything in pagan mythology or Judaism. So what’s the problem?"

"Message of Jesus Needed as Much as Ever, Queen Says"Premier
"The Queen will use her Christmas Day broadcast to say the Christian message of 'peace on earth and goodwill to all' is needed 'as much as ever.' With parliament deeply divided over Theresa May's Brexit deal and military conflicts still raging in parts of the world, the monarch's words are likely to resonate with many."

"Even as a Secular Holiday, Christmas Makes the Gospel Accessible"The Gospel Coalition
"Christmas is the only Christian holy day that is also a major secular holiday—arguably our culture’s biggest. The result is two different celebrations, each observed by millions of people at the same time. This brings some discomfort on both sides."

"Yes, Jesus Really Existed, and He was Born on December 25"Patheos
"First let’s use some common sense. The early Christians were Jews. They couldn’t stand the pagan Gentiles. The first Christians would rather die than offer even one grain of incense to the pagan gods. So we’re supposed to believe that they said, 'I know! Those pagan feasts mid winter seem kind of fun. Let’s take them over and say Jesus was born then!' Hardly. It’s true that later missionary efforts 'baptized' pagan sites and customs, but not during the early days."

"Come, Let Us Adore Him Advent Devotional"Paul Tripp
"The wonder and awe of the Christmas season can easily get overshadowed by lights, tinsel, bows, and paper—not to mention last-minute trips to the mall and visits to the in-laws. In all the hustle and bustle, we often lose sight of what’s most important. This book of daily readings for the month of December by best-selling author Paul David Tripp will help you slow down, prepare your heart, and focus on what matters most: adoring our Savior, Jesus."

"Stille Nacht"Calvary Chapel Salzburg
"This Christmas, 200 years ago, 'Silent Night' was written and performed in a village just outside of Salzburg, Austria. To celebrate this Christmas Carol, Calvary Chapel Salzburg, as a church, created this video singing "Silent Night" in seven different languages."

"Father's Hearts 12-19-2018 Pastor Jon Courson Shares Update on Peter Jon His Son" Applegate Christian Fellowship
Health update on Pastor Jon Courson's son, Peter Jon. Please be praying for Peter Jon and the family!

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