'Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive . . .'
Summary: To some, the virgin birth is a major teaching. However, Richard Ritenbaugh shows that it is only one of several signs that prove Jesus is the promised Messiah. Moreover, its major purpose is not to glorify Mary but her divine Son!
A Blessing in Winter?
Summary: Within the pages of the Bible, relatively few dates are mentioned. Because of this, and because God works in similar patterns and many of the prophecies have a dual fulfillment, when prophetic dates are mentioned, they take on a special significance. ...
Born of a Woman
Summary: Though the church of God has traditionally emphasized His death over His birth, the prophecies concerning Christ's first advent are vitally important in establishing our faith in His second coming. Richard Ritenbaugh summarizes twelve Old Testament prophecies and their significance to us.
Christmas, Syncretism, and Presumption
Summary: Many think keeping Christmas is fine because it honors Christ, yet God never tells us to celebrate the day of His Son's birth. John Ritenbaugh explains that it is presumptuous on many Christians' parts to believe that such a syncretized holiday could please God.
Dating Christ's Birth
Summary: Despite the continuing secularization of our society, people remain fascinated and curious about the historical basis for the life of Jesus Christ. ...
The Birth of Jesus Christ (Part One): Annunciation
Summary: We rarely think about the birth of Jesus except during the Christmas season, when it is abused by traditional notions found nowhere in Scripture. To remedy this, Richard Ritenbaugh delves into the Gospel accounts of the annunciation of His coming to Mary and Joseph.
The Birth of Jesus Christ (Part Two): Nativity
Summary: When the Son of God was born into the world, one of the greatest events of all history occurred. Richard Ritenbaugh describes the birth of Jesus and the angel's announcement to the 'shepherds abiding in the fields,' perhaps the first preaching of the gospel to mankind.
The Crazy in Christmas
Summary: Many years ago, while talking to an acquaintance, the subject of Christmas came up. I told him up front, “I don’t celebrate Christmas.” He replied ...
Was Jesus Christ Born Under the Law?
Summary: As Christians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, but many subtle arguments are advanced to prove we really do not have to walk in His footsteps—that He did it all for us. Earl Henn explains that such teachings are ridiculous!
When Was Jesus Born?
Summary: The world claims Jesus was born December 25. But when was he really born? John Reid explains.
Who Were the Wise Men?
Summary: Mentioned in Matthew 2, the wise men or magi have been mysterious figures since their appearance two thousand years ago. Their visit to Bethlehem was more significant than most realize.