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Difficult verses in the ‘Christmas’ story, p.4

Fourth in the series

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in the beginningIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God.All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

No reading of the ‘Christmas’ story is complete without John 1, yet these verses pose a sizable challenge to Christian theology if we stop and really take a look at them.

Have you ever considered the implication of these verses?  Jesus, or by His Hebrew name, Yeshua, was with God in the beginning and was (is) God.  Easy, right?  Not so fast, my friend!

What are the implications of the Messiah being present from the beginning?

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Difficult verses in the ‘christmas’ story… p.2

Difficult verses in the ‘christmas’ story part 2. Study to show yourself approved…..

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Yesterday, we began a short series considering some verses from the ‘Christmas’ story that challenge the traditional theological narrative of Christendom.  As I implied yesterday, these verses should pique our interest in a search for truth.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t care what men say, I want to see what Scripture says….


Thy Kingdom Come

When someone talks about the Millennial Kingdom or the future eternal Kingdom, what comes to mind?  Whose Kingdom is it?  Who rules over it?  Who was it promised to?  Who Messiah throneactually gets it?  Etc….  At the end of the Book of Revelation, what does the Kingdom look like and who is in it?

Scripture gives a very unified story that often does not match the narrative I was taught growing up.  At least, the focus I heard in church was quite different than what Scripture says.

A beloved part of the ‘Christmas’…

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Difficult verses in the ‘Christmas’ story, p.1

Looking forward to all the ‘parts’. Enjoy this first teaching.

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This is the time of year when most of Christendom is focused on the advent of the Messiah of Israel, commonly called Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ.  In churches and in homes Scriptures from the Old and New Testament will be read that detail the coming of the Long Expected One.  Most of us have heard these verses so many times that they almost flow off of our tongues as they are being read to us…  We know the flow and the rhythm to the point that they offer incredible comfort.  A halcyon warmth embraces us and we float on the river of sweet memories and blessed promises.  But, do we really pay attention?

Have you ever noticed that there are some verses in these beloved Scriptures that really really challenge the historical understanding of the story and at times confront even major tenets in the theological narrative…

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Puppets and Parrots Can Move Along….

Be like the Bereans….

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So, you are not a puppet or a parrot?  Then I assume you are willing to wrestle with a few challenging questions….

pagan Christmas

  • Have you ever wondered why or how pagans, Wiccans, Buddhists, Hindus and virtually everyone else in the world can celebrate Christmas even though they have/desire no relation with the Messiah?
  • Have you ever stopped to saturnaliawonder why the ancient Greeks and Romans were celebrating a day of festivities complete with tree, ornaments, gifts and parties in late December more than 300 years before the Messiah was born?
  • Have you ever heard, or dared to look up the word ‘Saturnalia?’Buddha Christmas
  • Have you ever considered the fact that December 25th is regarded as the birthday of more than a dozen pagan gods?
  • Have you ever wondered what Yehovah meant when He said, “…beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before…

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