Author: Christian Research Institute

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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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 6

Genealogies of the Babe of Bethlehem A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham. —Matthew 1:1 Despite the wealth of evidence that supports the historical reliability of the Gospels, some...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 5

In the Fullness of Time But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. — Galatians 4:4–5 Jesus Christ, the antitype...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 4

A Pagan Festival? Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality,...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 3

The Golden Key of Messianic Prophecies And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. —Luke 24:27 Prophecy represents one of the most powerful...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 2

Isaiah’s Prophecy All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” —Matthew...

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The Heart of Christmas – Devotional – Day 1

The Long-Awaited Christ Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. —Luke 2:11 We begin our journey to the heart of Christmas by zeroing in on the word Christ. In a biblically illiterate...

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The Issues, Etc. Making the Case Conference

The Christian Research Institute and Issues Etc. Lutheran Public Radio are pleased to announce that Hank Hanegraaff, best-selling author and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and Hank Unplugged podcast, will be speaking at...

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