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From the monthly archives: December 2008

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The Gift at Christmastime by Tiffne Whitley, CBF Field Personnel

As I look at this view from our terrace, I often think of Psalm 125:2 “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.” As we live in a place where we often encounter many different religions including African Traditional Religion and Islam, I often find myself considering the difference between religion and relationship, and I am thankful that we have the awesome privilege of knowing God and having a personal relationship with Him through the precious gift of His Son our Savior. Christmastime is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of this gift and to be encouraged to strive each day to get to know Him better by spending time with Him. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (Isaiah 9:6a). In the book Keep a Quiet Heart, Elizabeth Elliot says, “For it is He–not His gifts, not His power, not what He can do for us, but He Himself–who comes and makes Himself known to us” (p. 7 ...

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It Takes a Child by Tiffne Whitley, CBF Field Personnel

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. − Isaiah 9:6 Our co-worker, Dr. Robert (Bob) Newel, who serves in Athens Greece, has recently written a series of Advent sermons. In the first sermon he refers to the “African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’” He goes on to say that he would like to turn that saying around and look at it in a different way for the theme of his sermons: “It takes a child.” "Indeed, the heavenly perspective, as revealed most keenly in the Bethlehem event, affirms the power of this reality. Advent and Christmas stand as stark reminders that ‘It takes a child’ to raise the hopes of humankind; ‘It takes a child’ to raise the awareness of a decimated and discouraged world of God's faithful compassion! ‘It takes a child’ to raise ...

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May It Be To Me As He Has Said by Tiffne Whitley, CBF Field Personnel

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.’ ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one ...

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Accompaniment by CBF Field Personnel

[Jesus said] "I will be with you always, even until the end of the world." – Matthew 28:20b Alleluia! Jesus accompanies us every step of our lives. He has walked beside our brothers and sisters refugees/migrants through all of the pain and suffering and continues to do so. He understands as no one else can because He has also experienced every human emotion and every human event (persecution, torture, insult, and, even death). He gets it. “Be not afraid” are His words in Matt.17:7 “for I am with you.” As civil war raged in the country of my brother, He was there. When the children of my brother were murdered He was there weeping and suffering with him. When many died in the desert because of lack of food and water, the Lord was there to accompany them into heaven where there is no more hunger or thirst. When my sister was beaten and raped, Jesus was there hurting with her and giving her hope. Much of our ministry is accompaniment – accompanying physica ...

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