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It's the biggest birthday celebration in the world. Macys and Target make or break their entire year in the few weeks leading up to the Holiday and even Hollywood tries to cash in with some major releases. But Charlie Brown and the simple reading of the Scriptural narrative still captures our hearts. Who was this baby wrapped in swaddling clothes as the Father's gift? Where did He come from? How long has he lived? What makes him the most important baby ever born? Matthew and Luke tell us about the birth in Bethlehem. John's introduction to his Gospel takes us back to eternity where the story actually began.

Truth Encounter: Journey to Christmas Podcast Dave Wyrtzen

    • Religion & Spirituality

It's the biggest birthday celebration in the world. Macys and Target make or break their entire year in the few weeks leading up to the Holiday and even Hollywood tries to cash in with some major releases. But Charlie Brown and the simple reading of the Scriptural narrative still captures our hearts. Who was this baby wrapped in swaddling clothes as the Father's gift? Where did He come from? How long has he lived? What makes him the most important baby ever born? Matthew and Luke tell us about the birth in Bethlehem. John's introduction to his Gospel takes us back to eternity where the story actually began.

    Down From His Glory (John 1:14-18)

    Down From His Glory (John 1:14-18)

    Have you ever felt totally stressed, exhausted, at the end of your rope? Of course it's Christmas—the time that's supposed to be filled with cheer that often becomes filled with tears. What's awesome is that God didn't scold us from a safe distance. Instead He entered our messed up world to join us and deliver us.

    At Bethlehem—The Rejected Creator (John 1:10-14)

    At Bethlehem—The Rejected Creator (John 1:10-14)

    When asked what they learned in their college class on World Religion, a student replied, "I learned that Jesus was Jewish." If you've been raised on the Christmas story knowing that Jesus was born a little south of Jerusalem in the City of David, you take it for granted that Jesus was Jewish, but why Jesus was rejected by His own people is one of the big questions in history. Turn to John's Gospel, the fourth first century Gospel and then listen to the discussion titled, "At Bethlehem—The Rejected Creator.

    Before Bethlehem-The Word's Witness (John 1:6-9)

    Before Bethlehem-The Word's Witness (John 1:6-9)

    You might have missed the words while walking through Macy's in the middle of the night on Black Friday last week, but even by day- listen. "Christ by highest heav'n adored, Christ the ever lasting Lord." Strange words to provide background for shopping, but who is this Messiah that heaven is in love with? To get ready for Jesus' birthday celebration on the 25th we need to discover who he actually is. So let's take a journey to Christmas, and in this case we can't begin at the beginning. We have to start before the beginning. Turn to John Chapter 1 and listen.

    At the Beginning - The Creator (John 1:2-5)

    At the Beginning - The Creator (John 1:2-5)

    Our Christmas lights are up and shining both inside and out. The party cycle has begun, and yet counselors find that in the midst of all the yuletide cheer many of us wrestle with dark fears and sadness. Where can we find some life and light that doesn't blow a fuse like a cheap strand of Christmas lights?

    Before the Beginning (John 1:1-18)

    Before the Beginning (John 1:1-18)

    You might have missed the words while walking through Macy's in the middle of the night on Black Friday last week, but even by day- listen. "Christ by highest heav'n adored, Christ the ever lasting Lord." Strange words to provide background for shopping, but who is this Messiah that heaven is in love with? To get ready for Jesus' birthday celebration on the 25th we need to discover who he actually is. So let's take a journey to Christmas, and in this case we can't begin at the beginning. We have to start before the beginning. Turn to John Chapter 1 and listen.

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