Good News of Great Joy

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“Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people!”  The first reaction for the shepherds when they encountered heavenly things was fear.

Many times we have the same reaction.

It is the fear that we’ll lose too much if we surrender to God that keeps us from turning to Him

It is fear that keeps us from admitting our sin and our need for God, fear that He will punish and reject us.

It is fear that ultimately drives us to Him, when our lives that we love so much begin to unravel, leaving us helpless, vulnerable and alone.

It is fear caused by events like we recently saw in San Bernardino that fills up churches.

The fear of what we cannot control reveals to us a world that is dark and dangerous. In these times we search for hope, that someone has the answers and will come to our rescue. After the terrorist attack in California one newspaper proclaimed

“God isn’t fixing this!”

This in reference to public figures and others who called for prayer following this tragic event. Nothing could be further from the truth.

God is very much engaged “in this”

He is allowing our sin and mismanagement of human events and the world to bring us to the place where we understand that the only solution to our problems can be found in Him. Politicians, world leaders, religions, or lack of religions or any laws or treaties or controls we might come up with will not “fix” things. What our world needs most is the message the angel proclaimed to shepherds watching over their sheep.

Do not be afraid…

I bring you good news

Of great joy for all people.

The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! The Son has arrived, the One who will all fix things, make them new again. He brings an invitation from the Father to all who will come to be restored, to be forgiven, to receive salvation.

This is very Good News

A call for celebration.

A reason for joy!

As we celebrate His birth this Christmas season my prayer is that despite all our fears, all that is wrong in our world, we would understand we have  a reason for great joy! He came that we might have life more and better than we could imagine.

Hope in the midst of difficult times

Peace in the midst of the storm

Joy instead of fear!

Good news of great joy!


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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