What The Incarnation Means for Our Bodies

The angel was clear, to Mary, about the mission of Jesus. In his angelic announcement, he said that Jesus would come to "save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21)." To be our Savior, God had to become human. He had to suffer as a human. He had to take on the full punishment of God's wrath for human sin. This was God's plan all along, an event that took place at "just the right time" (Galatians 4:4-7). The prophet said that it would "please the Lord to bruise him (Isaiah 53:10)." Jesus accomplished what no man could accomplish. He, as the Second Adam, restores our humanity and reconciles us to Christ: As Charles Wesley so beautifully writes: Born that man no more may die. Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. And later: Second Adam from above, Reinstate us in Thy love. Christmas is the celebration that Jesus came to this earth to...

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The Way Home: Bob Lepine on marriage and parenting

He has been on the radio talking about marriage and parenting for twenty-five years. What lessons does this radio veteran have for young families? Bob Lepine is a great broadcaster, a creative leader, and the host of Family Life Today, a broadcast ministry that helps families around the world. Bob talks to me about his own journey, about working with Dennis Rainey for nearly three decades, and about a new project aimed at helping young families raise godly children in an increasingly confusing world. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @fltbob Website: familylifetoday.com The Art of Marriage Christ-Centered Parenting curriculum ...

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The Way Home: Jamie Ivey on image and identity

We present, on social media, to our friends, at work, the best versions of ourselves. But what if people knew who we really were? With our mess ups and mistakes and foibles? Jamie Ivey, a popular podcaster, writer, and adoptive mother shares what God is teaching her about image and identity. He's the author of a brand new book, If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @jamie_ivey Book: If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free Website: jamieivey.com Podcast: The Happy Hour ...

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Book of Wishes: The reason we long for more

It arrived every November, wrapped in cellophane, its pages filled with new possibilities. On the cover, a dreamy holiday image, pulling your heart into the season and beckoning you to indulge in hours of wish making. It’s hard to overestimate the sheer joy the Sears Wish Book brought to my young heart. Before Amazon and Apple. Before Walmart and Black Friday. Before Facebook and Google. Every year, I waited with anticipation and longing for the day this catalog would come. A savvy wisher would ignore the advice on the front page, which warned shoppers against skipping to other sections and “missing out” on possible gems like Garfield piggy banks, board games, and Chicago Bears pajamas nestled among the cheesy sweaters, cheap jewelry, and knife sets. The gems, every child knew, were found in only one place—the toy section. Full immersion in the Wish Book took days, not hours. A young boy had to...

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