Joy and peace are the promise of God proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds and "which will be to all people" through the child that was born to us that day. Yet in the same chapter of scripture, written by the same author, inspired by the same Holy Spirit, came another promise to Mary, the mother of Jesus, that her son would be the cause of a lot of conflict "that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed". What God has given to us through Christ is not circumstantial joy or peace, but rather the work of an inside job. God changes the world by changing people from the inside out! Recorded on 12-4-16.

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