Christmas

God with US

What a wonder it is for God who is from eternity entered history, and embraced the limits of being human to be with and for us. The divine is revealed in weakness of being human to live with and love us.

God has come down to serve the little people in the little places. He has shown that true success is in service. To be great is not going up competitively to the top to be looked up to. True greatness is the way of going down below to live with the weak and love them sacrificially.

God’s coming in His Son Jesus Christ is not just an event to remember but an experience to renew our lives. God keeps coming. He keeps visiting to deliver His people from trouble and tragedy they struggle with in this broken world. God always finds His way to walk with us.

With God with us, we are not alone. We are encouraged and empowered to keep on the difficult journey ahead. Suffering will always be around but the One who is ever present will save us.

Despite the Covid vaccine that is already on the way, Covid-19 will still stay for a while or even longer. Our confidence is in God who comes alongside us. The assurance of God’s presence is what empowers us to sing in the midst of sorrow, feel confident to face the uncertainty, and sleep in peace in the midst of a troubled world. With this perspective of Advent we can truly say: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Herman Moldez

Manila, Philippines

The Promise

It couldn’t get any worse. Judah had just been defeated by Damascus followed by the Northern Kingdom of Israel. They’ve been raided by the Philistines and Edomites. They were led by Ahaz, one of the worst kings of Judah. “The Lord humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had bought about a lack of restraint in Judah and was very unfaithful to the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 28:19)

Things could not get worse. These were bleak, frightful days. In this context, the Lord sent Isaiah (Isaiah 7). In this context the Lord also spoke to Isaiah about the future (Isa. 8-9).

In the midst of great darkness there is hope! Isaiah wrote, “The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them….For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:2, 6-7)

Our world has grown dark. Evil is all around. Things are bleak. But the Promise is for us today as it was for Judah in Ahaz’s day. Our hope is in the promise of our risen King who is coming again.

Take some time the thank the Lord for His coming, His redeeming you and giving you hope in His coming again as He promised.

Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus),

Christmas Greetings From Eastern Africa

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Merry Christmas to you from us. This past Sunday in worship I heard words from Romans 15:4-7 that seem particularly timely. Consider the vision and virtues in this passage.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in
accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

Amid the many ways of Christmas celebrations this season, I hope we can see in some way the presence of the One who loves us and expressed that love in Jesus-Yeshua, Immanuel, God with us.

Jesus-Yeshua knew and respected the scriptures. Being “Word in flesh”, Jesus-Yeshua embodied and revealed the heart of God – the essential, sacrificial, eternal, passion of God to love and be loved. The kind of love that gloriously envelops the world as the Angels continually call out, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of God’s glory” [Isaiah 6:3]

And to think that Lifeway Missions (LMI) gets to be part of this world mission of love – person by person, small and big steps of hope, forgiveness, and healing, through faith, reason, and justice among the unreached people groups (UPGS). Thank you for participating in this kind of love. I thank God for you!

May you celebrate Christmas with joy and thank you for being part of what God is doing through Lifeway!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. [Romans 15:13]

With love and joy,

Dr. Aila Tasse
Founder/President- Lifeway Mission Intl.

What Do I Want For Christmas?

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My wife and I hosted three other couples for a Christmas dinner at our home last night. Toward the end of the evening, my wife asked the group what each of us wanted to share along the theme of Christmas. We could share a verse, poem, or thought.

I shared a verse about the Lord’s coming. He came first as the Word who dwelt among us. We celebrate His birth on Christmas Day. But He has a Second Coming. We don’t know when that will be but we do know He is coming again.

Jesus says, “‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20) This is what I want for Christmas.

What do you want for Christmas?

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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