Christian Articles Archive
You’ll find here:
- Wonderful Christmas short stories
- Inspiring Christmas articles
- Helpful Expositions of Christmas Bible passages
- Beautiful Christmas Art and Paintings
Dip in, read some, and be blessed.
“Joseph’s Letter Home,”
a letter written by Joseph to his mother from
Bethlehem telling of Joseph taking Mary to be his wife.
Home Life, December 1989; Purpose,
December 29, 1991; Visjon (Norwegian) December 1996.
Recorded by Derek West, Caleb’s Mission, Whitney,
Oxfordshire, UK, Oct 2001 (7:19). Read on the BBC and Focus on the Family. Included in The Greatest Christmas Stories of All Time
Everything Christmas (WaterBrook Press, 2010), and Jesus Is the Reason
for the Season (Summerside Press, 2011). Basis of the video
“From Joseph’s Quill” (2004, 5 min.;
remastered for HD, 2014)
“Glory on — an Angel’s Story,” tells the story of the angel’s
appearance to the shepherds, from the perspective of a young angel. Audio (7:55)
“God’s Shepherd,” a short story about one of the original Bethlehem shepherd boys who meets Jesus later in life.
“Shepherds, Angels, and a Manger,” the story of the shepherds outside of Bethlehem and their angel visitation.
The Joyful Heart, Dec 20, 1999.
“Old Zechariah’s Promise,”
a short story of Zechariah’s angelic visitation in the Temple, and the promise of a son — John the Baptist.
“Mary, Servant of the Lord: A Story of the Annunciation,” a short story to help you imagine what the annunciation might have been like. For another story on the same topic, see “Virgin Mary, Handmaiden of the Lord” below.
The Joyful Heart, Dec 4, 1996.
a story of the hardships
faced by the Holy Family. The
Workman Quarterly, Winter 1988.
“When Magi Camped in Bethlehem,” the story of the
Wise Men as told through the eyes of a neighbor woman.
a touching story about Joseph building
a cradle for the baby-to-be and then understanding God’s cradle,
Purpose, December 21, 1986; Standard,
December 14, 1986.
“The Virgin Mary, Handmaid of the Lord,”
a short story of the announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary.
Come, Let Us Adore Him,” a Christmas Meditation on the carol, “O, Come
All Ye Faithful” (Adeste Fideles), with themes of praise, incarnation,
and realization that the Baby in the manger is God himself in human flesh.
“Two Christmas Disciples
— A Study in
Contrasts,” a meditation that contrasts Zechariah’s unbelief and Mary’s
obedience when confronted by the Angel Gabriel.
“Christmas Disciples — Simeon and Anna.” God “just happens” to prompt his
servants in Jerusalem to come at the exact time Joseph and Mary have brought
Jesus to the temple to be dedicated. Disciples hear from God.
“Gifts on Our First Christmas,” a
meditation on giving and receiving gifts.
“Fear Not! A Savior
Is Born,”, a meditation
on fear, economic woes, and a Savior. The Joyful Heart,
December 18, 2008.
“Who Are You, Little Boy?” a wondering, thoughtful poem that asks the key
question of the baby in
The Joyful Heart, December 21, 2006.
“The Story of Silent Night, Stille Nacht,”
traces “Silent Night” from its author Fr. Joseph Mohr, its composer Franz Gruber, its first performance in Oberndorf, Austria, and the reasons for its popularity.
The Joyful Heart, December 21, 2004.
“A Flesh-and-Blood Christmas Miracle,”
enumerates the various miracles that attended Jesus birth, and focuses on one especially, the miracle of the incarnation.
The Joyful Heart, Dec 24, 2000.
Broadcast Dec 2004 by Christian Indie Radio (mp3,
Child of Promise: A Prayer for Christmas Morning, a meditation based on Isaiah 9:6-7.
December 25, 1998.
“Burlap, Boys, and Christmas” Why boy shepherds in their burlap costumes communicate the Christmas story much better than girl angels in their white satin.
The Joyful Heart, Dec 23, 1997.
“The Real St. Nick,” looks back at the real St. Nick, Nicholas, Bishop of
Myra. Evangel, Dec 4, 1988; Message of the Open Bible,
“Travelers,” a brief
vignette about the wise men. Point: we too must travel on Christmas
to draw near to Jesus.
The Pentecostal Messenger, September
“The Extra Electric Train,”
a brief Christmas piece
focusing on the greatest Gift of the season.
Evangel, December 21, 1986.
“A Gift All Wrapped in Swaddling Clothes.” Troublesome, obligatory gifts at Christmas, contrasted
with the often-rejected Gift of the Christ-Child.
Evangel, December 13, 1992; Vista Holiness Digest, December
“Hark, the Herald Angels Sing: The Gospel in Charles Wesley’s Christmas Carol.” Here’s a Bible study based on the Scriptural allusions and references in Wesley’s wonderfully rich Christmas carol.
The Joyful Heart, Dec 21, 2004.
on the reality of the incarnation, fully man and fully God.
Message of the Open Bible, Dec 1992.
“Bum Deal at Christmas?”
We complain about our lot, but we didn’t face the hardships the
Holy Family did.
“The Tyranny of Giving.”
Tired of the Christmas present-buying frenzy? Look again at the
“They Call Him Immanuel,” a glimpse at the theology of Jesus’ title that means, “God with us.”
“Emmanuel, God With Us,” examines Emmanuel from Mary and Joseph’s point of view.
Mary, The Virgin Mother
Joseph, the Stand-In Father
The Shepherds’ Sign of the Manger (Luke 2:1-20)
Wise Men and the Christmas Star of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1-12)
Incarnation: A Study of Jesus Birth on YouTube, with Dr. Wilson teaching
the four lessons in 20- to 25-minute sessions, with pauses for group discussion.
4. Wise Men. The DVD is out of print,
but these videos are free for you to use for your class, group, or church via
From Luke’s Gospel
. You can
- Zechariah’s Vision in the Temple (1:5-25).
- The Annunciation to Mary (1:26-38).
- Mary Visits Elizabeth (1:39-56).
- Birth of John the Baptist (1:57-80).
- Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem (2:1-7).
- Shepherds in Bethlehem (2:8-20).
- Meeting Simeon and Anna in the Temple (2:21-38).
- The Boy Jesus at the Temple (2:39-52).
the Line to See Jesus,” music video.
- General Christmas Paintings and Art
James J. Tissot, Birth and Childhood
of Christ paintings
Paintings of the Annunciation and Angels
- Madonna and Child Paintings and Christmas Postage Stamps