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Advent – A family tradition worth waiting for

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When asked to submit a tradition about something important to her family, Barbara Kilikevich of California shared with us the Celebration of Advent, in which she describes Advent as, “the coming or arrival or something long-awaited or momentous.” In her own words… My family tradition (even now that my kids are grown) is the celebration

The Lutheran | December 1998 | Praying Christmas

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Praying Christmas ‘I can no longer read the story without experiencing the presence of that love’ BY JOANN NESSER Christmas has never been my favorite time of year. I’ve always experienced conflict between the zillions of things that I had to do and the “silent night” of the shepherds.It’s also hard for me to flip

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The Lutheran | December 1999 | God’s impossible truth

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God’s impossible truth The Christmas story isn’t a children’s fairy tale BY MARY W. ANDERSON How often during these days of holiday preparations do we hear people say, “This is what the season is all about!” Maybe we say it ourselves: Through a misting of tears, perhaps, as we look over our family gathered at

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The Origin of Christmas (part 4)

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Records of the first Christmas in the Book of Matthew: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the

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The Origin of Christmas (part 3)

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The King James Bible records the first Christmas and events surrounding it in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew: “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

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The Origin of Christmas (part 2)

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The Origin of Christmas .. The fifth century acceptance coincided with a decline in heathen worship and the adaptation of harmless activities into rich Christian symbolism. These included Saturnalia,the great Roman holiday in remembrance of the supposed “Golden Age”; Sigillaria, the Feast of Dolls, in which dolls and other toys, mostly earthenware, were given to

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The Origin of Christmas (part 1)

Faith & Spirituality

christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Born nearly two thousand years ago, Christians believe Him to be the Son of God. Whether Jesus was really born on December 25th, no one can say for certain. It was chosen because it already was a holiday in ancient times -a pagan feast. But

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Swept up in joy

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‘Do not fear. Don’t you know how much I treasure you?’ BY DAVID L. MILLER I remember absent-mindedly kneeling in the pew after returning from communion. Lost in a haze, I focused not on the holiday or the sacrament but on my fears about what the next few days would bring. I tried to pray

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Emmanuel meaning “God With Us”

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Emmanuel meaning “God With Us” by Reverend H. Carlyle Church Jr. Pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, USA (running time 6 minutes 47 seconds) (file size 2.87 megs) (Real Media format)   Reverend Church explores the concept of “God With Us” and explains how the birth of Christ relates to our modern day

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