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Friday, December 2, 2011

The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. – December 2011 Newsletter

Dear Friend:
                Of all the battles being fought today, the most intense and consequential is the war against Christianity.  It seems that for every crèche, cross, Christian symbol, or utterance of Jesus’ name in America, scores of organizations and individuals storm the courts demanding an end to our God-given freedom to publicly express our faith.
          At this special season of remembrance and blessing, believers can rest and rejoice in the assurance that the conflict has already been settled.  With the Messiah’s arrival in the hamlet of Bethlehem, every promise of the older Testament was sealed and all of the momentous issues that men struggle in vain to find lasting solutions for were settled, bound up forever in a few words that say more than all the books ever written or all the feats ever accomplished by mankind:
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel [God with us]" (Isaiah 7:14).
Following this inexpressible revelation – God with us – is a description of what it will mean:
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever" (Isaiah 9:6-7).
          A perfect Sovereign, a perfect government, a perfect peace, and perfect justice – forever and ever.  These are the things we long for, and these are the things we possess in our Savior and anticipate in the future.  Songwriter Anne S. Murphy expressed it well in her 1908 hymn, “Constantly Abiding”:
There’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave,
A peace it cannot take away;
Though the trials of life may surround like a cloud,
I’ve a peace that has come here to stay!
          Philippians 4:7 puts it this way:  “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
          So, regardless of what happens or the many distractions that tug at us, we have every cause to rejoice in the unassailable fact that we have God with us,  and all is well.
          Merry Christmas!
In His precious name,
William E. Sutter
Executive Director of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

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