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  • Bible Answers 12-24-10

    “No one knows for sure when Jesus was actually born. Why do we make so much of this holiday?”
    — James

    This is not a new question. We have over the years addressed it and its corollaries; i.e., the debate over the actual date, the crass commercialism associated with Christmas and which parts of the Christmas story are indeed biblical and which are merely figments of our tradition.

  • Pilgrims, clergy come to Bethlehem for Christmas

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The traditional birthplace of Jesus is celebrating its merriest Christmas in years, as tens of thousands of tourists thronged Bethlehem on Friday for the annual holiday festivities in this biblical West Bank town.

    Officials said the turnout was shaping up to be the largest since 2000. Unseasonably mild weather, a virtual halt in Israeli-Palestinian violence and a burgeoning economic revival in the West Bank all added to the holiday cheer.

  • Religion listings 12-17-10

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

  • Bible Answers 12-17-10

    “Why is Jesus referred to as the ‘Alpha and Omega?’ These are Greek letters and He spoke Aramaic.” — Jack

    First, remember that Greek was the most widely spoken language of Jesus’ day in His part of the world. Because the writers of the New Testament wrote in Greek, they would have used the Greek letters regardless of how Jesus might have said the phrase in His native tongue.

  • 12-10-10 Religion listings

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

  • Reasons to light the menorah

    On Chanukah, the main mitzvah, or commandment is to light the Hanukkah menorah at sundown. This is to remember the miracle that the oil that was lit on the menorah was only enough to last a single day but ended up lasting for eight complete days.
    One of the traditions regarding lighting candles is to light oil like what was done in the Temple. However, we are not allowed to use a menorah that has seven branches like the one in the Temple –— which the Maccabees lit after expelling the Greeks from Israel.

  • Religion listings 12-03-10

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

  • Religion listings 11-26-10

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

  • Bible Answers 11-26-10

    “If you could name the ‘Top Ten’ things in the Bible for which we should give thanks, what would they be?” — Miriam

    My list will likely be different from that of someone else asked the same question, but I am thankful for the following “Top Ten” Bible truths:
    God exists. He is infinite yet personal, holy yet close, just yet gracious. (Gen. 1; Ps. 66; 100; Isa. 6:1-8; Rom. 9:14-16; I Cor. 2).

  • 11-19-10 Bible Answers

    “Can you explain what James is talking about when he says the ‘one who is rich should take pride in his low position? ’ ”— Roy

    James is the “wisdom literature” of the New Testament, a collection of axioms, encouragement, instruction and warnings. Often the language is euphemistic: pithy and succinct, designed for maximum punch with minimal words. The passage to which you refer takes this form, using unexpected irony to make the point.