25 December, 2005

Merry Christmas!

May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guide your hearts and your minds in this season of remembering Christ's birth. It is with great joy that I entreat you all to remember not just why we are feasting in the name of Christ, but also remember the reason for Christ's birth as a man.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you... (1 Peter 13-15)

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