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Christmas and the Incarnation of Christ

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14). Christmas is a celebration of God in His humanity. Our faith is unique among world religions for this simple belief: Our God chose to stoop, to lower Himself, to become one of us...

Christmas Eve: “Emmanuel at Street Level”

I wrote a Christmas song a few years ago imagining the Nativity story from Joseph’s point of view. I was driving home from Sacramento, California, late at night, listening to Christmas music in mid-December. Here’s a verse or two of that so...

Christmas Truce: The Day World War I Stopped

There are acts of unplanned kindness that break through the humdrum of daily existence and shine a new sense of light. Infused with grace, these unexpected gifts have the power to change the course of someone’s day or even become a life mom...

Good News for Zechariah and for Us

“And Zechariah said to the angel, 'How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.' And the angel answered him, 'I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you thi...

Home for Christmas: Pondering the Gospel this Advent Season

Christmas is often a time of reminiscing, rejoicing and reconnecting with family and friends.  It is the occasion to celebrate with friends and family that make the Christmas experience so meaningful. In fact, it is often a time when we lov...

Merry Christmas from CalvaryChapel.com

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'"– Luke 2:13-14 Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from ...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 1 – Wait for It

“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. The vision is for an appointed time, but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not t...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 10 – Who Needs a Savior?

“And Mary said: 'My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.'” (Luke 1:46) What mission did Jesus come to accomplish? What was His target group? No guess work needed here. In Luke 19:10 Jesus said, “The Son of ...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 2 – The Thrill of Hope

“In the fullness of time, God sent His Son…” (Galatians 4:4). All the artwork in my home has disappeared. It’s still there, right where I left it, or hung it; but I don’t really see it anymore. It's just “there.” The photos from va...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 3 – The First Warning

“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was with him. And it had been revealed to Him by the Holy Spirit that he would not...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 4 – Get Your Hopes Up

“… It had been revealed to him [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:26).How much time passed from the giving of the promise to its fulfillment? Decades? Years? Mont...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 9 – A Friend Who Understands

“Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and ...

The Key to Keeping Your Focus on Christ at Christmas

I don’t know about you, but it takes a concerted effort on my part every December to keep my focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Certainly there are very few reminders in the public displays that feature the Originator of Christmas. Ove...

What Can I Bring Him: A Gift Fit for a King

Merry Christmas from CalvaryChapel.com! We pray you have an amazing Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year. As we take this time to reflect on the birth of our Lord and Savior this Christmas, remember the impact of the three gifts the Magi ...