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3 shocking facts about Christmas they don’t want you to know

We all know the Christmas story. Baby Jesus in a manger. With cows, donkeys, and sheep. We’ve heard it a bazillion times already. What more is there to be said that hasn’t already been said?

Well … come hear Sam Chan – the Asian-Aussie theologian who thinks he’s a comedian (or is it the other way around?) – tell us 3 shocking facts about Christmas that will shock, inspire, and give your life a boost.

Christmas what if it really happened

The Christmas story told by the Bible sounds unbelievable, but what if it really happened?

Santa, Stockings and Scrooge... they're nice stories that are told at Christmas to remind us of values we think are important however in the end they are completely fictitious. Many would say that the Christmas story, as told by the Bible, is basically the same.

In our final instalment of Bible Shots in 2018 Al Stewart helps us consider the historical evidence to answer the questions:
Did the Christmas story, as told by the Bible, actually happen?
What would it mean if it did?

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Plan your Christmas stopping

Is looking forward to stopping at Christmas a sign that something is wrong?

What are you looking forward to about Christmas? It is a common question for small talk at this time of year.

For many people, one of the top answers is stopping! There is no doubt that after a long year, the chance to stop is good but have we set our sights too low?

In this Christmas edition of Bible Shots Lachlan Orr helps us consider why the Christmas story offers us so much more than simply stopping work.

Faith and the hard lesson of humility

Will hard times lead me to trust God?

"What would it take for you to trust God?"

A typical answer to this question might be "I would trust God if he showed me undeniable proof he exists." Another answer might be "I would trust God if he gave me (insert the thing I really want)." Not many, if any, would answer "I would start trusting God if he took away my power, wealth and status."

Al Stewart talks about humility. Being humbled by God might be exactly what leads to faith in him.

Faith when the heat is on

What does faith look like when the heat is on?

Faith can be costly. The cost can vary depending on which part of the world you're in. Sometimes, the cost may be more of an inconvenience but other times it is deadly. Why are people willing to pay the price of faith? What might it look like for people in our city to live with faith when the heat is on?

Faith sees the world clearly

How do you make sense of the world around you?

Some of the methods we use to make sense of the world around us offer more certainty than others. We might depend on someone's report in order to make a decision at work. We may consider the perspective of a journalist on a current event as we read a news story. Sometimes we weigh up competing takes on the same situation. As you try to make sense of the world, what role does faith have?