Mary’s Christmas Story [As I Imagine She Would Tell It]

Mary’s Christmas Story I need to sleep, but I can’t. It’s quiet now. Joseph is out getting more fuel for the fire. Jesus is sleeping peacefully beside me. I’m exhausted but I don’t want to sleep. So many wonderful things have happened today, I want to soak it all in. I don’t want this moment […]

Jesus Light Of The World

The Characters of the Christmas Story

Jesus Light Of The World It’s Christmas and we have come to the most important person in the Christmas story, Jesus. There are many aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry we could consider. Since lights are such a dominant part of Christmas, let’s consider what it means when the Bible calls Jesus light of the […]

Shepherds: God’s Surprise Choice To First Hear of Jesus

The Characters of the Christmas Story

The Shepherds Were Surprised Messengers Today shepherds are thought of in a positive light. The life of a shepherd is looked upon with a romantic envy by people whose lives are busy without end. Those who serve in pastoral ministry are called shepherds of the flock of God. It’s a noble calling. It’s hard for […]

Joseph A Model For All Who Serve Behind The Scenes

The Characters of the Christmas Story

Joseph Was A Faithful Servant We come now to Joseph in our discussion of the characters in the Christmas story. In some respects he had a difficult part in the story. He played a supporting role. He was never in the limelight. 5 Things We Know About Joseph

Mary – A Woman Of Remarkable Character

The Characters of The Christmas Story

Mary Is An Example For All To Follow Mary, of all the different characters in the Christmas story, is worth a second look. We don’t know much about many of the characters in the story. We know more about Mary than most but it’s remarkable that we don’t know more. Nine Events Where Mary Is […]

Mary Was Favored By God [She Isn’t The Only One]

The Characters of the Christmas Story

Mary An Unlikely Choice We now come to Mary, the fifth character mentioned in the Christmas story. Like others in this story she seems an unlikely person for her role. She was an unlikely choice to be the mother of Jesus: because of where she lived. She lived in the small, insignificant village of Nazareth, […]

Gabriel – You’re an Angel!

The Characters of the Christmas Story

Gabriel is one of the reasons why the subtitle of this series isn’t the “people” of the Christmas story. Gabriel, the fourth character in the Christmas story, is an angel. People are fascinated with angels. Angels are mentioned a few times in the Christmas story. Gabriel is one of two angels mentioned by name in […]

Elizabeth – A Woman Of Faith In The Face Of Disappointment

The Characters of the Christmas Story

Elizabeth’s Faith Through Disappointment The Christmas story is made up of people just like you and me and our friends and neighbors. This is certainly the case with the third character mentioned in the Christmas story, Elizabeth. Most of us know someone just like Elizabeth. She was a woman who faced a major disappointment yet […]

Zechariah A Model Of Faith And Unbelief

The Characters of the Christmas Story

Zechariah the Priest The second person we come to as we look at the characters of the Christmas story is Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. When he’s introduced into the story he’s not yet a father. The fact that he was going to be a father was a big surprise to him and […]

King Herod An Unlikely And Unlikable Character In The Christmas Story

The Characters of The Christmas Story

Thinking About Christmas It’s December and the Christmas season is in full bloom. I love Christmas, the music, the decorations, giving and getting presents! I especially love the Christmas story. There’s so much to it and it’s a great story. One of the things that makes the Christmas story interesting is the characters who are […]