Fight Fear: Expect Fulfillment of Prophecy

For No Word from God Will Ever Fail [The angel Gabriel] said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give …

Fight Fear: Trust God’s Timing

God Is Listening When Zechariah saw [the angel], he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.” Luke 1:13 Christians worldwide have been praying that God will be merciful and …

Everlasting Joy

“Good Tidings of Great Joy” I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness. Isaiah 61:10 “Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,” the angel told the shepherds on the …

Christmas Past and Future

A Heavenly Family Celebration Then the angel said to [John], “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Revelation 19:9) The youngest of four children, I lived with my parents long after my older siblings left home for college, careers, and homes of their own. But they all returned for Christmas. Each year I looked …

O Holy Night

Hope for a Weary World “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:34-35 As soon as I hear the …

Extend the Joy of Christmas

What Did You Expect? When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Matthew 11:2-3 Did Christmas disappoint you? Did your loved ones neglect to give you the present you wanted? Did squabbling siblings get …