"And the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger'" [Luke 2:9-12].
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#358, 19th December 2018
Hi, Friend,
A Christmas Message from Peter Wade
What a joy it is to send you Christmas blessings from sunny South Australia. We really appreciate you allowing our ministry into your life twice a month, as well as your prayer support and book purchases.

In thinking of the Christmas season, I'm recalling one Christmas in our second pastorate when I preached on "Fear Not" every Sunday in December. The key verse was “Fear Not… behold a Savior” (Luke 2:10-11). Four times in the Christmas record the message from God was to "fear not." 
I've read somewhere that in the Bible there are enough "Fear not" statements for you to read one every day of the year! So during this Christmas season, when the so-called "free world" has gone crazy in politics and public behavior, we need to persuade ourselves to "fear not," for the baby of Bethlehem became our Savior and now lives in us. That means we can handle whatever life throws our way and become victorious every time.
Thanks to all of you who prayed and supported Vivien and I in our challenges this year: one fall for me and two for Vivien certainly changed our lives for at least half the year! Many who knew about it prayed for us, others supported us, and one board member on behalf of the board came from the US to look after us. We were deeply grateful and touched, and recovery is well advanced. Thank you. 

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