Dec 2017 Issue

  • God Dwells with Us

Poland’s road from communist dictatorship to democracy can be traced back to June 1979, when Pope John Paul II visited his home country. As he led the service in Warsaw’s Victory Square, the huge crowd began to proclaim: “We want God! We want God!” The cries grew louder and louder. As people publicly declared their faith, they realized that Christ had never left Poland and no oppressive regime could take Him away. The Pope echoed the feeling in his sermon: “Christ cannot be kept out of the history of man in any part of the globe, at any longitude or latitude.” Christ is also the future, he said, “our Polish future.”

This month, we’ll trace God’s plan of dwelling with humanity—from Genesis, through the Old and New Testaments, to its future in Revelation. We’ll rejoice in the Lord’s love and commitment to His people Israel as we study the Noahic, Abrahamic, and Mosaic covenants. In the New Testament readings, we’ll look at the church as the temple where Christ dwells. We’ll also see that Christ indwells every heart that’s open to Him.

Be encouraged this holiday season with Christ’s abiding presence in your life! If you don’t know Him as your Savior, think of the roaring sound of people declaring their need for God in Poland and dare to do the same—tell God you want Him. Invite Him to dwell with you this Christmas!

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Executive Editor: Bruce Everhart; Managing Editor: Heather Moffitt; Senior Editor: Elena Mafter; Contributing Editors: Jamie Janosz, John Koessler; Writer: Bryan Stewart; Art Director: Lynn Gabalec; Graphic Designers: Larry Bohlin, Rachel Hutcheson; Business Manager: Paul B. Currie; Marketing Manager: Claire Kniowski; Digital Media Specialist: Elizabeth Doogan; Project Coordinator: Cheyenne Lehto