Monthly Archives: November 2012

“Was Jesus born on December 25?”


 Speculation as to the time of Jesus’ birth dates back to the 3rd century, when Hyppolytus (ca. 170-236) claimed that Jesus was born on December 25. The earliest mention of some sort of observance on that date is in the … Continue reading

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GRIN AND SHARE IT: “The Haircut”


A pastor, known for his lengthy sermons, noticed a man get up and leave during the middle of his message. The man returned just before the conclusion of the service. Afterwards the pastor asked the man where he had gone. … Continue reading

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“Should we have a Christmas Tree?”


 The modern custom of a Christmas tree does not come from any form of paganism. There is no evidence of any pagan religion decorating a special holiday tree for their mid-winter festivals, although the Romans celebrated the winter solstice with … Continue reading

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GRIN AND SHARE IT: “Adam and God”


Adam was walking around the Garden of Eden feeling very lonely, so God asked him, “What’s wrong, Adam?” Adam said he didn’t have anyone to talk to. God thought for a minute and then said that He was going to … Continue reading

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“What should Christians tell their children about Santa Claus?


 Although Santa Claus is a mythical figure, his creation is based in part on a great Christian man named Saint Nicholas of Myra, who lived in the 4th century. Nicholas was born to Christian parents who left him an inheritance … Continue reading

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GRIN AND SHARE IT: “Jesus is Watching”


A burglar broke into a house one night. He shone his flashlight around, looking for valuables, and when he picked up a CD player to place in his sack, a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying, “Jesus is … Continue reading

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“How should Christians respond to the ‘War on Christmas’?”


 Many people perceive that there is a concerted effort to eliminate the word “Christmas” from public discourse—sort of a “war on Christmas.” The stories seem to be coming more frequently: a grade-school choir sings “We Wish You a Happy Holiday” … Continue reading

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