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December 22, 2017

I often hear people comment that they just avoid watching the news anymore, and the reason is understandable. It’s bad. Here lately, it’s worse than bad. It’s disgusting, perverse, and corrupt. Who wants bad news?

But for those who embrace the true meaning of Christmas, this season restores what our world so often steals from us. Hope, peace, and good news can be swiped from us as easily as the Grinch snatching gifts away throughout Whoville.

When Christ’s birth was foretold, the angel said this to Joseph: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) His name would be Jesus, the Greek form of Joshua, which means “the Lord saves.” That’s the good news that overcomes any lousy news you might hear on TV today. The very Son of God saves from sin, the answer to all the confusion in our world; the cure for every vile soul-disease we tire of fighting in ourselves or see in others.

Authors of Christmas carols have written about this truth through the centuries, as in this stanza from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”:

Yet with the woes of sin and strife,

The world hath suffered long;

Beneath the angel-strain have rolled,

Two thousand years of wrong;

And man, at war with man, hears not,

The love song which they bring:

O hush the noise, ye men of strife,

And hear the angels sing.

 

Or these words from “Joy to the World”:

 

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessing flow

Far as the curse is found,

Far as the curse is found,

Far as, far as the curse is found.

 

Tracy, Megan and I are deeply grateful for the scores of supporters who make our ministry possible. We plan to continue to go into the teeth of the battle for truth in the halls of government, confident that the gospel of Christ holds out life to the leaders of our needy nation, in this world and the next. Thank you for praying for us and sharing generously with us financially. We wish you a Merry Christmas and blessed 2018!