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Merry Christmas, 2018!

The message of today’s blog post is simple and straightforward. It is no more and no less than the title indicates: Merry Christmas wishes to all of my readers.

We live in a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams. World leaders say “Peace” but seem determined to undermine their words by their actions. Politicians call for unity while seeming to do everything they can to provoke disunity. People say they want community but then pursue self.

But amid this chaotic, cacophony of confusion and frequent calamity, the message is still heard, “Behold, a child is born.” That child was God come in the flesh; His name was Emmanuel, “God with us.” The angels who announced His birth brought “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” He was offering Himself as the Savior of all who would believe, and He offered “on earth peace, good will toward men.” He is the “reason for the season.”

My wish for all who read this blog is that you may know the peace that He offers. For those who already know Him and the peace that He offers to all who believe, I pray that you will enjoy the blessings of family and friends and enter the New Year ahead with confidence that He has this chaotic world under His control and will, “in the fullness of time,” bring to it the same peace that you enjoy individually.

For those readers who do not yet know the Christ personally, I hope that you will find some time amid the business of the season to contemplate who this “babe in the manger” was and why He was so important and what His proffered gift is. It is for you personally and specifically, not just for mankind generally. Look into His Word, the Bible, and see for yourself why you need Him. Only then can you fully possess and understand firsthand the peace He offers.

Looking ahead to the new year, my wish is that yours will be prosperous and productive. For the writers among the readership, I hope that your new year will witness your production of much publishable and profitable (not only financially but also intellectually and spiritually) material. Keep writing, regardless of obstacles. Persevere. Succeed.

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