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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,…

The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever. (Isaiah 32:17, Christian Standard Bible) As I was growing up, a dear lady in our small church sometimes said, “If there wasn’t a heaven to gain or a hell to shun, I’d still live for the Lord.” From the perspective of youth, I wondered at that statement. After all, if I didn’t have to worry about hell, there would be no restrictions! I could do what I liked without fear of consequences. It sounded good to my immature mind. Of course, there is a…

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12, ESV). Recent news events have bumped up against our Christian values in a disturbing way. More and more we realize truths we hold dear are being destroyed by an unrighteous society. It troubles our spirit and causes us to question what we can do to stop this downward plunge. Do we post on social media? Do we write government leaders? Do we sign a petition? Do we make signs and march on the street? None of these is wrong. Yet, how does one person really make a…