Christmas

The Christian Polytheist

BY CHAD BIRD

God doesn’t believe in atheists. As they reject his existence, so he rejects their rejection. They may not believe in the true God, but they do fear, love, and trust in Some Thing. And that Some Thing is the deity enthroned within their hearts. All atheists are closet theists.

The Christian Polytheist

Whose Lord and Savior Is He?

BY DONAVON RILEY

That's the Christmas message the Church has preached, confessed, and sung for more than two thousand years. Jesus, born in Bethlehem, God's Word in the flesh, true God and true man is Lord and Savior. But who is he born for? Whose Lord and Savior is he?

Whose Lord and Savior Is He?

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

Oh Come, see Him loving you before He was ever even born. (Ephesians 1:3-6) Oh Come, see Him planning our rescue. (Genesis 3:15) Oh Come, see Him being born into brokenness, poverty, and bloodshed. (Matthew 1:18-25) Oh Come, see Him living in utter obscurity as a boy, teenager, man. (Luke 2:52)

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

What if God Were a Slob Like One of Us?

BY CHAD BIRD

Mary snapped a pic of Jesus in the manger, chose the Clarendon filter, and posted it to her Instagram account. Two hours later, it had 24 likes. Three of her friends had commented, “He’s so adorable!” Two said, “OMG, how cute!” And one gushed, “The most beautiful baby ever!” But they were all lying.

What if God Were a Slob Like One of Us?

2018 Christmas Special

It's almost Christmas! And that means 40 Minutes in the Old Testament and 30 Minutes in the New Testament are coming together again. Daniel, Chad, and Erick take a look at the 2nd chapter of Matthew and the passages he cites from Micah and Hosea. Bethlehem is blessed and God will call His Son out of Egypt. How are we to understand these things and why should they increase our joy? Have a listen and a merry Christmas!

2018 Christmas Special

A Gift No One Trusts You With

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

Christmas is the celebration of God gifting His son to the world. A God we often view as harsh and hard giving us a gift, we never thought to ask Him for. Reconciliation and freedom. The gift of freedom comes with no strings attached. No caveats or warnings.

A Gift No One Trusts You With

God With Us

BY RYAN COUCH

It’s the Christmas season, that time of year when families gather together to exchange gifts and spend time with one another. While most of our Christmas celebrations look more like the Griswold’s than they do the ubiquitous Hallmark movie, we celebrate nevertheless.

God With Us

Christmas, I Just Don’t Understand It

BY KATHY STRAUCH

Christmas comes in the dead of winter. In a season when the earth is cold, dark, and bare, songs on the radio belt out a chorus which names this season, "the most wonderful time of the year." But, is it really the most wonderful time of the year?

Christmas, I Just Don’t Understand It

I Am The Reason For The Season

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I apologize to you, all the people of the world. I apologize for my part in making Christmas necessary. I have learned that Christ is NOT the reason for the season, I am. It's true. All the sin and shame I bear for all my wrongdoings have made it a necessity for Christ to come in the form of a man, being born of a virgin.

I Am The Reason For The Season

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 89 (Advent with Elyse Fitzpatrick)

In week two of the Advent series, Daniel and Erick are joined by Elyse Fitzpatrick. They look at Luke 1:26-38 and discuss the role of Mary and other women in God’s promise of bringing a savior. And they find out what Elyse’s favorite Christmas hymn is. It’s another great conversation to get you ready for Christmas.

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 89 (Advent with Elyse Fitzpatrick)

Grace & Mercy? Who Needs It!

BY DONAVON RILEY

God's grace and mercy in Jesus Christ calls all sinners to a celebration. A "those who sat in darkness have seen a great light" kind of celebration. A "come to Bethlehem and see the new-born Savior" revelry. Like two divine sheepdogs, God's grace and mercy hound every person in the world to join the festivities.

Grace & Mercy? Who Needs It!

The Meal In A Manger

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

At one point I was asked why we receive the Lord’s Supper during our Christmas services. This dear person felt it was a little strange for a service celebrating the birth of Jesus to transition into receiving this baby’s body and blood.

The Meal In A Manger

CHF Christmas Special 2017

It's Christmas! And that means 40 Minutes in the Old Testament and 30 Minutes in the New Testament are coming together again. Daniel, Chad, and Erick tackle the song of Mary recounted in the first chapter of Luke's Gospel. There is a lot going on in these 10 verses and the guys have a lot of fun taking it apart. Have a listen and Merry Christmas!

CHF Christmas Special 2017

That's What Christmas Is About, Charlie Brown

BY SCOTT DAVIS

In Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth in Luke chapter 2 we have a stunning account of an angel appearing to some shepherds who were “keeping watch over their flock by night.” We’ve all heard this account many times. Even if you’ve never picked up a Bible, you’ve been exposed to this part of the narrative.

That's What Christmas Is About, Charlie Brown

The God Who Won’t Repent

BY KATHY STRAUCH

The black canvas of the night sky gave way to glittering lights in the heavens. David’s city slept nearby as shepherds watched their flocks in anticipation of the dawn. This same darkness that held the twinkling lights above them, held the sign of God’s promise to Abraham. 

The God Who Won’t Repent

A Rebel’s Blessing

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

Her name meant “Rebel” or “Rebellion”.  In a culture where your name was thought to reveal your whole character, either in a prophetic sense or as it was known and manifested, it was an interesting choice.  With a name like that, would you really have the option of proving it wrong?

A Rebel’s Blessing

Childbearing Now Saves You

BY BRANDON HANSON

What if I told you that Paul means exactly what it sounds like he’s saying? What if I told you that Paul was in fact saying that “she” [Eve] and “they” [all women] are in fact saved through childbearing? What if I told you that it worked like a math problem?

Childbearing Now Saves You

CHF Christmas Special

40 Minutes in the Old Testament and 30 Minutes in the New Testament have come together for the Christ Hold Fast Christmas Special! Join Daniel Emery Price, Chad Bird and Erick Sorensen as they talk about their favorite Christmas hymns and take a look at the prophecies concerning the birth of Jesus from the book of Isaiah. Have a listen and Merry Christmas!

CHF Christmas Special

The Gospel According To Rudolph

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

We all love a good story when the underdog comes out on top. We love Rocky winning the title round, Hoosiers taking the championship, Luke Skywalker blowing up the Death Star, and yes, even Rudolph guiding Santa’s sleigh in the fog.

The Gospel According To Rudolph