Author: Christian Research Institute

The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 25

The Spirit of Christmas Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 24

Yahweh Is Salvation She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. —Matthew 1:21 Hard to believe, but our twenty-five-day odyssey to the heart of Christmas...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 23

The Final Advent of Christ Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 22

The Daily Advent of Christ Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 21

The First Advent For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6 The term...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 20

Miracle or Myth? Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore,...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 19

The Giving of Gifts Just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. —2 Corinthians 8:7 Some of the most...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 18

Epiphany After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem. —Matthew 2:1 Epiphany (meaning “to reveal”) is arguably the oldest and most significant of all the...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 17

The Magi “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” —Matthew 2:2 No single tradition is more widely adhered to during the Christmas season than that of giving...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 16

Are Images Idolatrous? The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 15

The Christmas Tree Tradition To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. —Revelation 2:7b This Christmas season, as in those gone by, it is commonplace to hear...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 14

Can Santa Claus Be Saved? The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” —Luke 1:35 Believe it or not, even...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 13

The Preeminent Christ [Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. — Colossians 1:15 Not everyone who believes in the virgin birth account is committed to the essential that Jesus was...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 12

What Child Is This? When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 11

Did the Christ of Christmas Claim to Be God? I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! —Revelation 1:17b–18a When Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi, He asked His...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 10

One Person—Two Natures In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 9

Immanuel In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. —Colossians 2:9 The reason we rejoice at Christmas is that the Baby born to Mary and Joseph on the first Advent was no ordinary child. As Matthew records,...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 8

Tidings of Comfort and Joy For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 7

Census Considerations In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to...

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