The Birth of Jesus Christ (Part Two): Nativity

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When Jesus was born, one of the greatest events in history occurred. The angel's announcement to the shepherds may have been the first preaching of the gospel.


The Birth of Jesus Christ (Part One): Annunciation

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We rarely think about the birth of Jesus except during the Christmas season, when it is abused by traditional notions found nowhere in Scripture.


Dating Christ's Birth

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

While a minority of Christians insist that December 25 is the actual date of the Nativity, most people realize that proof for this early winter date is quite scanty.


A Sanitary Christmas

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

By its materialism and syncretism, this world's Christianity has helped the modern, secular world sanitize Christmas, disinfecting it of its biblical 'taint.'


Announcing . . . Christ's Birth!

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The blending of paganism with inspired Scripture has degraded and obscured the meaning and glory of what happened in the announcement of Jesus Christ's birth.


Excusing Paganism in Christmas

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Many 'Christian' leaders embrace a celebration that has undeniably pagan roots, stemming from the winter solstice festivals, observing the rebirth of the sun.


Was Jesus Christ Born Under the Law?

'Ready Answer' by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Galatians 4:4 says that Jesus was "born under [the] law." Some use this to say that while Christ had to keep all the rituals, we do not have to follow His example.


When Was Jesus Born?

Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

The Catholic Church chose December 25 as the date of Jesus' birth, centuries after the fact. However, internal biblical evidence gives a very different story.


The Crazy in Christmas

CGG Weekly by Ronny H. Graham

Jesus tells us that we must worship God in spirit and truth. Where is the truth in Christmas? What is the Christmas spirit, and where does it come from?


The Plain Truth About Christmas

Herbert W. Armstrong Booklet

Did Christmas come from the Bible or paganism? Here are the origins of the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, mistletoe, the holly wreath, and exchanging gifts.


Celebrating a Lie

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The true story of Jesus' birth has been syncretized into a non-Christian festival, and even that has been obscured by a wrong date and a phony crèche scene.


Christmas, Syncretism, and Presumption

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Many think keeping Christmas is fine, yet God never tells us to celebrate His Son's birth. Celebrating such an obvious mix of paganism s presumptuous.


Four Views of Christ (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The dominant emphasis of Matthew is the kingly qualities of Jesus as a descendant of the royal house of David, representing the Lion of Judah.


Four Views of Christ (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Luke's gospel portrays Christ as the son of man, the high priest of man, and the savior of man, having all the feelings, compassions, and aspirations of man.


'Tis the Season: Help for Our Young People

Article by Staff

As another Christmas season approaches, many in God's church dread having to endure it. Have you ever wondered how our children feel about it?


Syncretismas!

Article by Martin G. Collins

Christmas is a very blatant form of syncretism, the blending of diverse religious practices. The origins of Christmas testify of why we should reject it.


'Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive . . .'

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

To some, the virgin birth is a major teaching, but it is only one of several signs that prove Jesus is the Messiah. Its major purpose is not to glorify Mary.


Seeking A New Home

Sermonette by Clyde Finklea

We are seeking a permanent dwelling in God's Kingdom. In our on-going sanctification process, we are not yet home, but trudging along the way in our pilgrimage.


The Offering of the Wise Men

Sermonette by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

In this offertory sermonette, John Reid focuses on the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ and the visit of the wise men, happening much later. The delegation that appeared before Jesus had to be more than three because it was dangerous to travel the roads. These men came prepared with expensive gifts of gold, …


Who Were the Wise Men?

Article by Staff

The wise men or magi have been mysterious figures since their appearance 2,000 years ago. Within the Bible's consistent revelation lies clues to their identity.


Born of a Woman

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Though the church of God has emphasized His death over His birth, the prophecies of Christ's first advent are vitally important in establishing our faith.


The Eighth Day

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The Eight Day (or Last Great Day) has little written about it, but the patterns of Scripture reveal much about the abundance of this holy day.


Matthew (Part 1)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Matthew wrote his account with the Jews in mind, repeatedly saying, 'This was done to fulfill the prophets,' emphasizing the law and the Kingdom of God.