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The Word and John - by Michael Phillips
Advent 2018 - Part 3
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John 1:6-8
Dec 16, 2018 am - Whatever Paganism or commercialism has added to the Christmas Story, its central figure remains God, who became a Man and was laid in a manger, because there was no room for Him in the inn. This is what Christmas is about: Not trees or gifts, parties, or time off work. It is about God becoming human in our Lord Jesus Christ. If you find the Story hard to believe, you're not the first one to feel this way. Everyone has felt this way, from the most gullible child to the most hardened skeptic. The Incarnation of God is very hard to believe, and so like the man in Mark's Gospel, we need to confess and pray- Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. When prayed sincerely, this is a prayer God will answer. No one has ever truly, honestly, and patiently sought the Truth without finding it. The Lord is a- Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. One of the ways that God brings us to faith is by arguing for the truth, providing good reasons for what He says. This, I find, astonishing: Who are we-creatures, worms even-to demand reasons from the Creator? But His humility and patience are as Infinite as He is Himself. And so, the God who stands so far above us, lowers Himself to demonstrate what ... More >>>

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