Prophecy, the Heartbeat of Christmas

Christmas 2021 is here. The negative opinion is that Christmas has already been ruined. Ruined by lingering COVID variants. Ruined by rules mandated for travel and ruined by supply-chain interruptions and more.[i] There is even a Santa shortage. [ii] As we look at changes brought about from two years of the pandemic on the loss side, you may agree that Christmas is ruined for yet another year. As Christians, we only ruin Christmas if we allow it.

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Fear Not

Luke 2:10 is one of the most quoted Bible verses, “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings and great joy, which shall be to all people.”[i] Children anticipating dressing in white sheets and wings vie for the position of head Angel in Christmas pageants. Eagerly proclaiming “fear not”, sometimes suspended by harness and ropes from the ceiling. We know the line, we quote it, do we listen to it, do we obey it?

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Here We Go Again: Another COVID Variant

This life is full of trouble. This should not be a surprise to Christians. The book of John includes Jesus’warning to his disciples that the world would persecute them. However, Jesus also says, in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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