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I just finished preaching the book of Ruth with my church.  I looked back at the last few months preaching through Ruth and I thought about how one of the most powerful moment in the book was when Ruth, a widow, profess her loyalty to her mother in law Naomi and how Ruth was going to stay with her mother in law to help this older widow out.  Listen to the words of Ruth 1:16=

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

What particularly stands out to me is the last part of the verse: “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

While reading a recent history book I found out how this verse was quoted and used in another important historical moment.

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What better time to finish and review this book on Christ’s incarnation than on Christmas day!

Andreas J. Kostenberger and Alexander Stewart. The First Days of Jesus: The Story of the Incarnation.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 30th 2015.  272 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

If you think you heard it all and exhausted all there is to learn concerning the birth of Christ or the incarnation think again.  This book is written by two New Testament professors who offer their insights into passages that cover the infant narrative of Jesus Christ.  Though I felt the book started slowly and I was initially concerned whether there would be new things I can learn nevertheless as the book progressed I found it fulfilled my expectation of learning about the birth of Jesus and the incarnation through fresh eyes.

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Brandon D. Crowe. Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, August 16th, 2013. 32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This booklet is part of the series “Christian Answers to Hard Questions” published by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  As the title for this particular work suggests this booklet looks at the question “Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?”  The author Brandon D. Crowe who presently serves as an Associate Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary.  Crowe has written this helpful resource that is accessible for the layman.

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Nancy Guthrie. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, August 1st, 2008.  142 pp.

5 out of 5!

First let me say that I have a hard time with devotional books; I prefer heavier theology books since I find most devotionals to be rather shallow.  But I enjoyed this particular collection of devotional readings for the Advent.  So if I enjoyed this book in light of my bias against devotionals, I think that this work might be something worthwhile for others too.

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Mattis Nomination

When I was a young Marine at the age of 19 General Mattis was in charge of the Marines on the ground in Iraq.  I definitely felt he was our generation’s Patton back then.  Now he’s Trump’s nomination for Secretary of Defense.

There’s many stories circulating about General Mattis.  One that stood out the last few days is the story of when Mattis was a one star general taking the place of another Marine’s much dreaded holiday “duty.”  Here’s the account as given by someone in 2010:

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We at The Domain for Truth would like you wish you a Merry Christmas. May we be reminded why Christ was born. We are people of flesh who were redeemed by the incarnate God-man.  The God-man who came to this earth, came to die for Hell deserving sinners in order to destroy Satan. The God-man also rescued His people from the fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-15 gloriously echoes those truths: “14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives” (NASB).

Let the powers of darkness consult and plot as they may, they can never destroy the Lord’s redeemed. Lo! I see
councils of evil spirits—they sit down in Pandemonium and conspire to ruin a soul redeemed by blood. They lay their
heads together. They use a cunning deep as Hell—they are eager to destroy the soul that rests in Jesus. In vain their
devices, for the Incarnate God is embodied Wisdom! Now see them—they rise from the council table. They put on their
harness. Their arrows are dipped in malice and their bows are strong to shoot afar. Each foul spirit takes his sword, his
sharp sword, that will cut a soul to the center and kill it with despair—but their weapons shall all fail. If we fly to Jesus,
who is God with us, no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper” (Charles Spurgeon, Immanuel—The Light of Life; No. 2163).

God‘s Favor and Serving God

Immanuel

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