The History of Christmas: Its Biblical Roots

From the Koinonia Institute

The Hebrew Roots:

Jesus birth was foretold centuries prior in the Hebrew Scriptures. In the fullness of time, God sent His Son to redeem mankind. He sent Jesus as a little baby to become God With Us.

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting . -Micah 5:2

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth . -Isaiah 49:6

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel . -Isaiah 7:14

…When at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this . -Isaiah 9:1-2,6-7 Continue Reading

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Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

From the Koinonia Institute

In 1897, Francis P. Church wrote a now-famous editorial in which he told little Virginia O’Hanlon that indeed there was a Santa Claus. Church wrote in the Sun:

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist… No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever.”

St. Nicholas:
About AD 260 there was born a certain man named Nicholas who became well known for his generosity and his love of children. Raised in the city of Patara on the coast of what is now Turkey, Nicholas traveled to Palestine as a young man.  He later became bishop of the nearby town of Myra. When Emperor Diocletian focused on persecuting Christians, Nicholas was tortured and imprisoned for his faith in Christ. According to tradition, Nicholas was released by Emperor Constantine and later attended the First Council of Nicea in AD 325. Continue Reading

When we set our eyes on circumstances instead of the promises of God

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”2 Corinthians 4:17

A young missionary lady lamented to discover that she was expecting a baby. She and her husband were ministering in a very primitive location in Africa, where they lived in poverty conditions, and they already had five children. It is such a burden to have children on a primitive mission field. There is never enough money, always too much work, and parents must endure the heartbreak of having to send their children off to school.

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The Void in your Heart (The Story of the Woman at the Well)

Woman at the WellAre you looking for fulfillment?  Do you have a deep void in your heart?  Are you longing for something more but you don’t know what you could do to satisfy it?  Have you tried tirelessly to fill it with money, entertainment, food, clothes, sex, relationships, drugs etc?  Do you have a deep sense of emptiness that won’t go away?   We were all made with a void in our heart.

Did you know we were born with an innate hunger for God?  Nothing and no one in this world can fill this emptiness, except for God.  God is the only one who can satisfy your heart.  Only God can supply what our souls deeply desire. We cannot live without God because we were created to enjoy what only He provides. Continue Reading

Congratulations Graduates!

GraduateDear Graduate:

Congratulations on your graduation!   Even though I don’t know you, I can’t tell you how proud I am of you.  You have probably faced challenges, difficulties, adversity, and etc.  But no matter what, you committed yourself and endured.

Now you are entering into the next phase of your life and I encourage you to take hold of it with courage. Continue Reading

Q/A What is your translation of choice when it comes to the Word of God? Why?

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My preference is to use both NASB and NKJV.  The NASB (New American Standard Bible) is a literal word-for-word translation and retain as much of the original grammar and sentence structure as possible.  In addition, the KJV (King James Version) and the NKJV (New King James Version) are also literal, but if we compare them to the NASB, the NASB is the most literal. Continue Reading