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Susan's Blog: Holidays and Traditions

Fri, 12/13/2019

Christmas pageants around the world begin with these introductory words out of the Gospel of Luke: “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named...

Wed, 11/06/2019

There is a lot we do not know about the very first Thanksgiving. Historians even debate where and when it took place—was it in Florida, Virginia, or Massachusetts? The most famous harvest...

Thu, 11/29/2018

Many Christians do not understand the significance of Hanukkah, since it is not one of the biblical feasts of Israel. The fact that Jesus celebrated Hanukkah, however, should make us curious...

Mon, 05/08/2017

Hebrews 11 is the well-known New Testament Hall of Fame—or as some call it, Hall of Faith— because it lists the great heroes of the Old Testament who exhibited extraordinary faith. One...

Wed, 12/07/2016

The story of Hanukkah is often told with an emphasis on the evil ruler, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, King of the Hellenistic Seleucid empire, who was bent on the Hellenization of the Jewish people. Had...

Fri, 10/07/2016

For centuries Christian churches had little appreciation for the biblical Feast of Tabernacles. They understood Passover was the foundation for Jesus’ atoning death on the cross, and they...

Wed, 04/20/2016

Passover is known as the Festival of Redemption, because it commemorates the children of Israel’s freedom from slavery in Egypt some 3,500 years ago.

We know the story in Exodus well...

Fri, 12/04/2015

The story of Hanukkah takes place during the period in-between the Old and New Testaments, when Antiochus IV Epiphanes became the King of the Hellenistic Seleucid empire. While the Hellenization...

Mon, 09/28/2015

For 35 years some 5,000-8,000 Christians have travelled from over 100 nations to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. The biblical holiday, which lasts for seven days, commemorates God...

Sun, 03/15/2015

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, placed his reputation and political career on the line to warn the U.S. Congress of the dangers of a nuclear Iran. His historic speech on March...

 

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