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8 Responses

  1. Duane Arnold says:

    Good news, indeed… All the year round…

  2. Michael says:

    Amen…though I see all the related articles are Christmas themed… 🙂

  3. Em says:

    Well…… David started out as a shepherd…… Hmmm….. Maybe pastors would gain from sitting out under the stars talking to God and guarding the sheep?

    There must be a principle there …. Somewhere…… ? ….

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    #2 Michael

    We’ll fix that on Monday ?

  5. Jtk says:

    “..we are as divided as a society as we’ve ever been, when the church is shrinking and splintering…”

    Is that REALLY how your local church is, Michael?

    I think not.

    Nor is my local church.
    Ohhh we need some sanctification and love and maturity, but I think, when we look at our LOCAL church, that has specified members (as opposed to all the different churches in our city, definitely not what social media or other forms of media say), we see harmony. Messy harmony, but a group Jesus put together gathered around the good news.

    I hope this “counterpoint” help…it’s helping ME.

  6. Michael says:


    My church is fine unless we veer off into anything political.

    The church as a whole in my city is very divided, sometimes to the point of hostility…a picture of the church as a whole in this country.

    That’s simply a fact…

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I would venture a guess that this is not a standalone encounter with this angel and a new unexpected message. The angel is delivering a message to a people who are already in a covenant relationship. These folks have already lived under the “bad news” message of this relationship as they have had it preached to them weekly under the guise of the Law and the Prophets of the Old Testament.

    The shepherds are there representing those in the covenant waiting the delivery of this message – this gospel – the good news first announced in Genesis 3 and later in the prophets.

    So when the angel says – “here it is” – that is not new or a surprise but expected – .as they awaited anxiously through the so called 400 years of silence and we can see their expectation in the way they received John the Baptist.

    The gospel unattached to the Law, the bad news rings hollow. I remember back in the day people would come to me and say “Jesus loves you” and I would reply”that’s nice, tell him thanks.” and I would move on.

  8. Em says:

    Oh, i think those sheep herders were surprised…. How many encounters with angels in the night sky are recorded? Let alone a multitude of “heavenly hosts” (what are they? ) singing and praising God…. ?
    An anticipated event, yes, but the actuality unfolding that night would be surprising for any human, i think

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