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After Christmas, What’s Next?

The story is told of a young boy who asked his parents, as they stored away the Christmas decorations for another year, “Do we store away Jesus, too?” An innocent, but great question.

We celebrate the birth of Jesus, but will we allow our lives to be joined to His life throughout the New Year?

It’s easy to think of Jesus as just rescuing us from hell or helping us be a better version of our not-too-bad selves. But Jesus didn’t come to fill a missing gap in our lives or add some goodness when we fall a bit short, but to become our life. As Paul told the Galatians, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”

So, put away the decorations for the sake of your neighbors, but let Jesus live on in you.

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The Christmas Sword

Isaiah said Jesus would be the “Prince of peace,” but Jesus said, “I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Is this a contradiction?

No, Jesus does bring peace between God and human beings, but between human beings, that’s the overlooked part of the Christmas story.

In Jesus, the second of the three persons who makes up the Triune God takes on a second nature—a human one. He becomes, in the words of Paul, the last Adam and the second man, creating nothing less than a new “head” of the human race.

But saying that the human race is not fine as it is and needs a Savior is offensive to the First Adam’s descendants. To them, the Christmas story will be a call to arms until God’s love conquers their hearts and minds.

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Have a Glorious Christmas!

The words “Merry Christmas” roll off many Christian’s lips, but is Christmas really about merriment?

Certainly, it is a festive time, but in Luke the word first associated with the announcement of Christ’s birth is glory. Then a host of angels began singing, “Glory to God in the highest.” And after the shepherds found the Christ child, they left glorifying God.

It seems that glory, not merriment, is the word the Scriptures would have us associate with Christ’s birth, and for good reason; Scripture describes the sin from which He came to save us as that which falls short of God’s glory.

Christmas should make the heart merry because in Christ we behold God’s glory and through Christ that glory is offered for all eternity to those who believe in Him.

So, may glory fill your Christmas season.

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Criminal Justice Worldview Reform

Governor-elect Bill Lee and various state legislative leaders want to work on criminal justice reform, but real reform will require a change in worldview.

For example, over the centuries, the emphasis in criminal law has shifted from vindication of the victim through restitution and financial penalties paid to the victim to vindication of the law itself, a “crime” against the body politic. That’s why, today, we say the criminal released from prison has “paid his debt to society.”

But what about the debt owed the actual victim? Moreover, too many in the field of criminal justice believe that the criminal’s circumstances, not sin, is the problem. Thus, we now refer to prisons as “facilities” in our “correctional system” as if that system can “correct” a person’s heart.

Worldview shapes the way we look at everything, including criminal justice reform.

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How to Pray for Bill Lee

The Apostle Paul reminds us to pray for those in authority, and so we should. But often we don’t know if there is something specific for which we should be praying. That’s particularly true at the state level and particularly when the Legislature is not even in session.

But our governor-elect, Bill Lee, is right now making some of the most important decisions he will have to make—the selection of 23 individuals who will serve in his cabinet and those five or six persons who will be on his personal staff, such as his policy advisory, chief of staff, and legal counsel. These people will have significant and sometimes even determinative effect on Mr. Lee’s policy decisions.

So, join us in praying he will surround himself with those who reverence God and faithfully seek God’s wisdom.

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