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Christmas: Why do we give gifts?
We usually receive presents on two birthdays each year—our own and Jesus Christ's.
Christmas: Why do we give gifts?
Finding Santa’s grave?
St. Nicholas was born in AD 270 in Turkey. He became an influential pastor and participated in the church's First Council of Nicaea in AD 325. Recently, researchers announced that they have discovered a tomb that could house his undisturbed remains.
Finding Santa’s grave?
Don’t mix truth and fantasy
The line between truth and fantasy is being blurred in many modern minds. Our technology has brought us loads of both, and the difference between them is getting harder to see.
Don’t mix truth and fantasy
Was it really a miraculous birth?
It has been argued that a virgin birth is possible in humans, just not common*, through parthenogenesis (ie. reproduction from an ovum without fertilization, which occurs normally in some invertebrates and lower plants). Would this mean that Jesus' birth was not miraculous and not the only virgin birth?
Secret code in Christmas song
Have you ever wondered what the Twelve Days of Christmas song really means? Apparently, it was created in England during a time of religious persecution in the 16th to 18th centuries. The song was written in code so that it could be sung in public, without fear of arrest, as a learning or memory aid to Christians.
Secret code in Christmas song
Bible prophecies fulfilled at the birth of Jesus
 
Avoiding festive kitsch
English lecturer, the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, vicar of Putney, London, and lecturer in philosophy at Wadham College, Oxford, said recently that we should avoid having a kitsch Christmas. Fraser quoted Czech novelist Milan Kundera, who said, "kitsch is the vision of a world where nothing unwholesome or indecent is allowed to come into view".
Avoiding festive kitsch
Three wise men and other myths
What your Christmas cards got wrong
Three wise men and other myths
Kicked out of home on Christmas Eve
Elliott Osowitt grew up in Los Angeles California in a strict Jewish home. He had no real knowledge of Jesus Christ and was not even permitted to speak His name.
Kicked out of home on Christmas Eve
Transformation of a rebel church kid
Classic Christian kid, me. All grace before meals and prayers before bed. Sunday School gold stars plentiful as the stars in the sky.
Transformation of a rebel church kid
He’s still doing miracles
Growing up with an alcoholic parent seemed normal to me. I could tell from the way Dad drove into the driveway after an afternoon at the pub what kind of night it would be. With my parents screaming and fighting, I felt like a child in a war zone.
He’s still doing miracles
New moral code
For generations in western democratic nations there was an agreed moral code that has centred around basic Christian ethics, it is the foundation to our legal system. This has changed and a new moral code is emerging. Authors Lyons and Kinnaman write there are new guiding principles, here are four:
New moral code
Together through trials
Fren and Carman may have had their share of setbacks, but they never gave up hope.
Together through trials
A radical revolution
Over the last 18 months Josh Jacques' life has changed dramatically. Josh used to be your typical party boy, and got particularly wild and out of control after his aunt passed away.
A radical revolution
Famous little towns
I love little towns – those out of the way places where everyone seems to know everybody. What a welcome sight they are when traveling the long, hot and dusty tracks of the outback!
Famous little towns
Caving in to creation
Carl Wieland interviews Romanian geologist and world cave authority Dr Emil Silvestru
Caving in to creation
Giving ear to imaginary voices
A new global movement among professional clinical psychologists is taking a very different approach to treating patients who 'hear' phantom voices. Instead of trying to silence or ignore the voices, patients are being encouraged to 'engage' with the voice—whether perceived as benign or malevolent.
Giving ear to imaginary voices
Purpose restored
Christopher Selvanayagam’s life was spiralling out of control and he was gripped by fear, lust and worry.
Purpose restored
Ex-stripper brings hope to clubs
Jaime Hindman wants to rescue strippers from the horrifying abuse she also suffered
Ex-stripper brings hope to clubs
Light in the darkness
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis describes the ship sailing into an unearthly, inky blackness and rescuing a sailor who had been lost in the darkness for years. Taking the man onboard, the crew begins to fear that they too, will be unable to find their way out.
Light in the darkness
Festive Christmas apps
With Christmas just around the corner one can feel overwhelmed with how many things need to get done. Why not use your phone to help you make the season fun again with these festive apps?
Festive Christmas apps
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 10)
As I was making lunch to bring to work today, Carrie, our sausage dog, sat at my feet in the kitchen wanting a bit of everything. A little square of cheese, a slice of cucumber, a wedge of capsicum, a bit of sausage.
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 10)
Out of darkness
Former AFL Richmond listed player Chris Yarran shares in a Youtube interview how he tried to drown out the darkness in his life with footy and success, but how that darkness eventually destroyed all he had achieved.
Out of darkness

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