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“May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you” (Jude verse 2, English Standard Version). The above verse in Jude sounds like a greeting inside a Christmas card. It’s that time of year when warm thoughts and good wishes surround us. After all, at this season we remember the Child who came as the Prince of Peace to a world desperately needing peace. It was true 2000 years ago when the angels announced His coming, and it is still true today. Jude is a tiny book in the New Testament, only twenty-five verses in all. Yet within this short passage,…

“Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body to this peace), and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15, New English Translation). So many people want peace in their lives, but it seems elusive to them. We do not live in a peaceful world and many do not live peaceful lives. That lack of peace is taking its toll on our emotions, our relationships, and perhaps even our health. Peace has been described as “a state of tranquility or quietness of spirit that transcends circumstances.” What are the peace-stealers in our…

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:20 In our daily walk with the Lord, we often face things that are not exactly like we wish they would be. But if we learn to give thanks regardless of our circumstances, then the Lord gives us joy regardless of our feelings. The more we praise and worship the Lord, the less frightening our circumstances seem. Nothing has changed except we now see the difficulties through the eyes of the Lord. He gives us the grace and strength to…