Pastor's Weekly Musing

Hey everyone!

Last week, we talked about the different kinds of peace that come with Christmas. With the arrival of our Savior, the angels declared:

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

Christmas time often seems like the LEAST peaceful time of year, even though we're celebrating that peace has been given to us in Christ! Ironic, right?

Now, more than ever, we need to intentionally focus on this peace. Last week, we talked about the first kind of peace: Peace with God. Because of Jesus, we're in good standing with God the Father, received by faith.

TODAY: In Christmas, we receive Peace Within.

What a gift!

We've ALL been there: you're at a peaceful location, like the beach, or cabin, or park. Everything around you is peaceful, the place, the people, the weather, the atmosphere. All is peaceful: except for YOU. Internally, you're a mess.

Doesn't it make the external peace almost impossible to enjoy? The inner turmoil minimizes the outer goodness.

In Christmas, because of Jesus, God gives us inner, emotional peace.

Colossians 3:15 says, "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts."

God wants his peace to rule in our lives. The Hebrew word for "peace" in the Bible is shalom. You've heard this word. Shalom means more than just ending of hostilities. It means total wholeness: spirit, soul, and body. He wants this type of peace to "rule in your hearts".

In fact, you'll find more than 790 verses about the peace of God in Scripture:

For those with a broken heart, God gives us comforting peace. For those with a confused heart, he gives us guiding peace. For those with a shamed heart, he gives us forgiving peace. For those with a worried heart, he gives us confident peace.

He provides peace for every problem. It's the gift of peace, given to us in Christmas. What a Savior!

This Sunday, we'll continue our series ADVENT: God and Sinners Reconciled.

With the Christmas season upon us, and all the chaos and stress that comes with it, we're spending our Sundays in December looking directly at Jesus: the beauty, the power, the compassion and the joy.

Colossians chapter 1 illustrates all of this beautifully. Last week we looked at the first eight verses, and how Jesus is our Good News, our Gospel.

This week, we'll look at verses 9-18, and see what kind of gift Jesus is to humanity, to sinners, to us.

Join us this Sunday for Part 2 - Jesus, Our King.

Looking forward to seeing you al on the walkway!

Pastor Ronnie