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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14) Many years ago, I bought an art book that depicts the life of Jesus but in a different way than most Bible art. The artist, Rien Poortvliet, used simple strokes to capture what Jesus may have looked like as a smiling chubby baby or as a cute toddler.…

“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.” Luke 2:4-5 This Christmas week I will be traveling with my daughter. her husband, and  my grandson to visit my son and his family. We will be in a warm, comfortable vehicle, enjoying each other’s company. There will be places along the way where we will stop for something to eat. When we reach…

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 Over the past few days we have looked at different characters involved in what today we call “The Christmas Story”. We have seen how different people reacted to His coming. What does it mean to us? Quietly and with little fanfare, Jesus was born in the stable in Bethlehem. Angels announced it to the shepherds on the hillside, and they were the first to spread the news to others. There were no TV cameras, or…