“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law” (Galatians 4:4).

Jesus’ birth was providential. It was not a coincidence that He was born when He was. God’s timing is always perfect and when the fullness of the time was come – when the timing was exactly perfect – God sent forth His Son. Christ’s birth at Bethlehem was not an accident; it was an appointment: Jesus came in “the fullness of the time.”

And it’s no accident that you are alive today at this very point in history. Since God has a special purpose for your life, He has brought you into the world at just the right time in history to fulfill that purpose.

Donald Grey Barnhouse was speaking a series of meetings in a country church where the young pastor and his wife were expecting their first child. The pastor was absent during one of the meetings, but toward the close of the service he entered and sat at the back. Afterward Dr. Barnhouse went to his study and said, “Well, was it a boy or a girl?”

He replied, “Doctor, God has given me a son and I love that boy; but doctor, the baby has Down syndrome!”

Dr. Barnhouse took him to Exodus chapter 4 and read to him verse 11: “Who made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb or deaf, or the seeing or the blind? Have not I the Lord?” He then went on to explain that God had a special purpose for blessing them with this child.

The young pastor returned to the hospital. He had not yet told his wife about the child’s condition. A nurse heard him tell the doctor he was going in to see his wife in her room, and she told another nurse; and thus word got to the switchboard operator.

When the switchboard light went on, she listened in. The pastor’s wife called her mother and said, “Who made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb or deaf, or the seeing or the blind? Have not I the Lord?” And she explained that God had blessed them with a little Down Syndrome child.

The operator began to cry and slumped over the switchboard. The story went around the hospital. The following Sunday, about 50 nurses went to the minister’s church where he spoke on Exodus 4:11.

My friend, if God can use the birth of a little Down Syndrome child in such a significant way, just think of what He could do through your life were it to be totally surrendered to His will!

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries

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“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” (Ephesians 2:14).

During my time at Bible College, I had a friend in the same class by the name of Steve. Steve grew up with his parents in the jungles of Irian Jaya. They were missionaries to the Sawi people – a tribe of primitive head-hunters who worshipped demons and practiced cannibalism.

The Sawi glorified treachery. And as Steve’s parents began to tell them how God had sent His Son, and how He was betrayed by Judas, the Sawi began to laugh. Because to them Judas was the hero of Gospel story.

The missionaries began to pray that God would provide a way for them to communicate the Gospel. About that time circumstances erupted into a full scale tribal war with a neighbouring village. The war continued for months until one day something unexpected happened.

An entourage from the opposing tribe came into the Sawi village and presented to the Sawi chief a new-born son from the enemy village. According to local custom, if the Sawi accepted the gift of this child there would be peace between the two tribes as long as this child lived.

The child was known as the peace-child.

The missionaries saw this as their opportunity to communicate the Gospel. They shared that “All have sinned….” That because of sin, man is at enmity with God. But that God in His love and mercy gave His only Son and that peace with God can be restored by accepting His Son’s sacrifice as payment for their sins.

Today there is a church in that Sawi village, and this Christmas season they too will be thanking God for His peace child, Jesus Christ.

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries

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“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law” (Galatians 4:4).

It was not a coincidence that Jesus was born when or where He was. God’s timing is always perfect!

One of the hardest lessons for us to learn in the Christian life is to learn to wait on God’s perfect timing. Whether it’s in the area of relationships, finances, or vocation, we need to be very careful not to run ahead of God. Because whenever we run ahead of God and try and take things into our own hands, we usually miss God’s direction and get ourselves into all kinds of trouble.

The whole Middle East conflict today is the result of one man who tried to take God’s timing into his own hands.

But God’s timing is always perfect. My father used to tell me, “God is seldom early, but He’s never late!” And “when the fullness of time was come” – when the timing was exactly right – “God sent forth His Son.”

Historians tell us that the time was ripe for the Savior to be born. The old religions were dying; the old philosophies were empty and powerless to change men’s lives. Religious bankruptcy and spiritual hunger were everywhere. God was preparing the world for the arrival of His Son.

Christ’s birth at Bethlehem was not an accident; it was an appointment. Bethlehem’s crib was the stepping stone to Calvary’s cross because Jesus Christ was born to die! Nothing was ever done with greater purpose or determination.

Be assured that God is at work providentially in each one of our lives. Nothing ever happens by chance. There is no such thing as bad luck or good luck in the Christian life. But God is using the circumstances and people He allows into our lives to accomplish His purposes.

Whatever your circumstances, whatever you’re going through – God can be trusted because God is sovereign and He is in total control.

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries

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“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise…” (Matthew 1:18).

Matthew and Luke record the events surrounding the Christmas story. As the birth of Jesus was announced to the Shepherds, Luke records that “…suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:13-14).

Peace is an essential element of the Christmas story. Jesus Himself is called the Prince of Peace – a title describing His ministry of reconciliation.

As ambassadors of Christ here on earth, we have the privilege of proclaiming this message of reconciliation. There are three ways in Scripture that God seeks to use us to bring peace to a troubled world:
• Peace between self and others
• Peace between men and God
• Peace between man and man

God want to use us to bring peace between two parties that are at odds with one another.

The book of Philemon beautifully illustrates this dimension of peace making. It tells the story of Onesimus – the slave who ran away from home. He went to Rome and was caught and thrown in jail. Paul led him to the Lord – so that there was peace between man and God.

Then the next step is that Paul wants to bring about peace between man and man. So he writes to Philemon, the slave’s owner – who Paul knew personally – and he says, “If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account” (Philemon 1:18).

That’s what peace making is all about. The peacemaker is willing to get between two warring parties and pay the costs.

When you hear about the strife and grievances that others have, don’t listen to gossip and slander. Squelch it and encourage them and help them to deal with their bitterness and wrong attitudes.

Are there people that you know that are at odds with one another – especially Christians – and it’s bringing reproach to the name of Christ? Prayerfully consider whether God would use you to help bring peace to that situation.

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries

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“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise…” (Matthew 1:18).

Matthew and Luke record the events surrounding the Christmas story. As the birth of Jesus was announced to the Shepherds, Luke records that “…suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:13-14).

Peace is an essential element of the Christmas story. Jesus Himself is called the Prince of Peace – a title describing His ministry of reconciliation.

As ambassadors of Christ here on earth, we proclaim this message of reconciliation. There are three ways in Scripture that God seeks to use us to bring peace to a troubled world:
• Peace between self and others
• Peace between man and man
• Peace between men and God

God want to use us to bring true and lasting peace between men and God. This is the work of evangelism. Paul says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

Only Jesus could bring peace between God and man and He accomplished it through the power of the cross. The very thing that the enemy used as an instrument of death, God used as an instrument of peace and reconciliation (Colossians 1:20). And we have been given the privilege of sharing that message of peace and reconciliation with others. Ephesians 6:15 calls the Gospel, the Gospel of peace – the Good News that man can have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

With so many uncertainties in the world today, people have good reason to be troubled and anxious. Let’s be alert to the God-given opportunities this Christmas season to share our faith and to be instruments of peace and reconciliation to others.

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries

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“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise…” (Matthew 1:18).

Matthew and Luke record the events surrounding the Christmas story. As the birth of Jesus was announced to the Shepherds, Luke records that “…suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:13-14).

Peace is an essential element of the Christmas story. Jesus Himself is called the Prince of Peace – a title describing His mission of reconciliation.

As ambassadors of Christ here on earth, we proclaim this message of reconciliation. There are three ways in Scripture that God seeks to use us to bring peace to a troubled world:
• Peace between men and God
• Peace between man and man
• Peace between self and others

Paul says, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18).

“But there are people who just don’t like me. What do I do?”

I would suggest you find out why they don’t like you. If it’s because of your love and commitment to Jesus Christ and your life is a constant rebuke to them, that’s one thing. But if it’s because you have wronged them and never made it right, then that’s something completely different. If it’s because they have detected in you a wrong attitude then you need to ask their forgiveness, and your attitude needs to change.

Are there people that you have wronged and offended and you’ve never made it right? Is there harmony in your home and in your marriage? Have you disciplined your children in anger and never apologized? Have you failed to keep your promises?

Regardless of who was at fault, take the initiative in seeking reconciliation and bring peace to your home and your relationships this Christmas season.

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries

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“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24).

The Sermon on the Mount is not telling us how to be saved, but how to live after we have been saved. Jesus is telling His disciples what discipleship is going to be like. The substance of His message is this, “If you are going to be my disciples, then you are going to have to be different” – and in Matthew 7:13-27, Jesus shows how the disciples of Jesus Christ are to be different in their response.

Because a response is awaiting you. Jesus is not making an invitation for salvation; but rather a challenge to live the life of a committed disciple. Salvation is a free gift (Romans 6:23), but to be a committed disciple of Jesus Christ will cost us everything we’ve got (Luke 14:33).

There are two ways you can choose: the broad way and the narrow way. Others choose the path of least resistance. They do what they want to do and when they want to do it. Their decisions are based upon what will make them the most self-fulfilled, the most comfortable, or the most money. But the disciple of Jesus Christ is to be different. He is to build his life around the eternal principles of God’s Word. He realizes his days are numbered and he lives to make every moment count for eternity.

On another occasion, Jesus had preached a similarly convicting sermon to His followers and we are told that “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him” (John 6:66). Many are simply not prepared to pay the price.

The committed disciple is not just someone who knows the Truth but is the Christian who consistently practices it. Jesus said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24).

It’s not just the “hearing” but it’s the “doing” that makes a difference – now and in eternity!

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries

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