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Searching For Joy

Luke 2:9New International Version (NIV)

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Is there news that will bring joy? I don’t know about you, but the news I read and hear doesn’t bring me joy. Usually, the news is hitting at someone in politics, especially the President, or it goes to what is wrong or a disaster that has happened. News is more of a downer than joy filled.

My mind travels to the night the angels visited those ceremonially unclean shepherds. These men were men who watched over sheep whose whole purpose was to provide food, clothing, or to become someone’s sacrifice. There is not much joy here either.

Yet, God sends, not just one angel but a host of angels. He sends them to those who were considered the poor and the lowly. He did not sent the angels to the rich and mighty, but to men who tended and watched over sheep.

The angels tell these men the Messiah has come. He is born in the City of David, Bethlehem. There were to be the ones to see Jesus first. They jump to their feet and hurry to the village. There they find a man and a wife and a baby lying in a manger. This baby is the hope, the peace, the joy, and the love of the world.

My heart leaps with joy knowing we serve a God who sees us for what we are instead of what the world tries to convince us who we are not. What are you searching for today? Are you searching for joy? May all of us find joy in Jesus the King, the One Who bring true joy to every heart.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Only 9 more days until Christmas. The greatest gift you can give your spouse and family is your time. Take time to go with them to look at Christmas lights, musicals, or simply sitting down to watch, It’s a Wonderful Life. Allow your presence to be a present.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Are you one who brings good news that will bring joy to people this Christmas? Many are searching to find joy in a world that has lost its joy. Share with someone this week about how the Joy of the Lord is your strength.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

What are you hoping for in this season? My hope lies in the promise for all to know Jesus in a real and personal way. He is our hope for the future. He truly has a plan for each one of us.

Strength and Courage

Michael

Searching For Peace

Luke 2:24New International Version (NIV)

24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Are you searching for peace? Peace is truly something everyone wants, yet few people find it. If you look up peace in the dictionary, it is defined as tranquility, harmony, or security. In the King James Bible it uses the word ‘peace’ 429 times in various forms.

Christmas is always a time when our focus goes to peace on earth and good will towards man. When I visited Israel in the spring of 2017, the Jewish people would say to each other, “Shalom”, which means, peace. Yet the nation itself have nations without peace on every border of their country.

So where is their peace, and can it really be obtained? Often I hear people tell others that, “I hope they fine peace.” I have found in my own life that peace is directly related to my actions and attitudes towards people. It is ultimately a gift from God.

When you go to your Bible and look up Isaiah 45:7, we find what God our Father says about peace. He says, “I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.”

Truly, God is the one who directs our peace which he gives as a gift. Maybe this is the best gift of Christmas. It is to have peace within yourself. The world will continue to have wars and people will have interpersonal conflicts with each other, but the Lord our God is the one who places his peace in our hearts so that we might share peace with each other.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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