MerryChristmasI wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! My wife Linda and I will be leaving tomorrow for our 7th trip to one of my favorite places, Israel. We are hosting a group of 19 individuals who will be traveling with us for a life-changing journey. My wife and I will be celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary on December 27, our first day in Israel. Our group will be arriving in Jerusalem on New Year’s Eve. We will visit Bethlehem the first day of 2014. I can’t think of any better place to begin a new year!

ChristmasTherefore, I won’t be posting any blogs during the next 10 days since I’ll be busy making sure our guests have a wonderfully powerful spiritual experience. I’ll begin with posting regular blogs again the first full week of January 2014! So, my prayer for your new year is this great ancient prayer of one of the very earliest Christ-followers, Apostle Paul:

NewYear201414 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

May God’s great peace and His grace be enough for you each and every day of the new year!


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