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DOUBT YOUR DOUBT - John 20:24-29 Luke 2:3 • So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. For decades skeptics claimed Luke made this up as a way to explain Joseph and Mary’s trip to Bethlehem. Then in the 20th Century, a large cache of ancient documents were found in Egypt. Several of them were tax records from the Roman Era. One of them held specific instructions for how a census registration like this was to be carried out. Sure enough, people were told they needed to return to their ancestral homes for the count and to make sure their land holdings were being properly maintained. One after another, skeptics raise objections to our Faith, only to see them go down in flames when some new artifact or manuscript is unearthed. It’s happened so often you’d think the critics would have learned and kept silent. Don’t be rattled by the nay-sayers who...

  ROOTED IN HISTORY - Luke 2:1-2; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Psalm 90:2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. Luke was in all likelihood a servant of a new believer name Theophilus, who’d dispatched him to investigate and document the origins of the Gospel and the Church. The Gospel of Luke and Book of Acts are the result of Luke’s investigation. He’s careful to locate Jesus’ story in an historical setting and timeline. So he puts Jesus’ birth next to what he knows are events his readers were familiar with. While today, there are a few scoffers who deny that Jesus was a real, historical person, NO ONE back in the 1st or 2nd centuries argued that. On the contrary; they all KNEW He was real. They may have...

Faith's Risk – Luke 1:26-38 Read the account of Gabriel’s message to Mary about her role in giving birth to the long-awaited Messiah in Luke 1:26-38. Following the practice of that time, Mary was most likely around 13 years old. In our time, that’s about the age of a middle-schooler. As a betrothed woman, she was about to embark on the life she’d spent the previous few years preparing for. Then Gabriel shows up and announces she’s the object of a specific part of God’s plan that will dramatically pre-empt her plans. What will happen to her has the potential of blowing up her impending marriage and forever ruining her reputation, to the degree that she may lose all her friends and be forever alienated from her family. So take careful note of the amazing response Mary gives to Gabriel’s announcement – “Let it be to me according to your word.” Consider what...