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The birth of Jesus

The birth of Jesus

Peter Amsterdam

The story of Jesus’ life begins with the story of His birth, as told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The Old Testament foretold His coming, revealing specific informa... »

Give it all to Jesus

Give it all to Jesus

Peter Amsterdam

Forgiving is one of the most difficult things for a person to do. But whenever we give our hurts to God and tell Him, “Jesus, take this. I don’t want it anymore. I’m tire... »

Feeling unsettled?

Feeling unsettled?

Peter Amsterdam

In Philippians 4:6–7, the apostle Paul instructs the believers: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, pres... »

Got potential?

Got potential?

Peter Amsterdam

What can you realistically expect to be or accomplish? That depends in part on how you define “realistic.” Nobody knows what we’re capable of better than God, and often H... »

Christmas echoes

Christmas echoes

Peter Amsterdam

For many of us, an important feature of Christmas is remembering the story of Jesus’ birth, whether through reenactments and plays of the first Christmas, readings of the... »

God’s Christmas gift

God’s Christmas gift

Peter Amsterdam

Christmas celebrates the most important birth in human history, when the Creator of the universe entered our world in bodily form as both God and man in Jesus. An angel a... »

More like Jesus: Joy

More like Jesus: Joy

Peter Amsterdam

Christian joy is intimately connected to faith, hope, and gratefulness. It’s about taking a long-range view of life that is based on faith in God, trust in what He has to... »

Reason to celebrate

Reason to celebrate

Peter Amsterdam

All throughout history, people have marked great advances, victories, and momentous occasions with celebration—some of which continue till today, such as birthdays, anniv... »

When it gets boring

When it gets boring

Peter Amsterdam

“If you abide in My word,” Jesus said, “you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”[[John 8:31–32]] We all know that co... »

Treasure

Treasure

Peter Amsterdam

In the second half of Matthew chapter 6, Jesus focuses on our relationship to material things. He begins by teaching the right priorities and attitudes about material pos... »

Kindness and goodness

Kindness and goodness

Peter Amsterdam

When the apostle Paul was writing about living a godly life, he listed what he called the “works of the flesh,” which included things like enmity, strife, jealousy, fits... »