Merry Christmas from the White House

I will not be sad to see the end of 2018. I don’t know about you, but this has been a year of low-level stress for us. Nothing major. Just a lot of rotten wood and asbestos in our house that had to go. And a roof, several walls, a few floors, and all the windows. We’ve had months of dust and disruption and we’re still living under a big, white wrap.

At least it’ll be a white Christmas.

Anyway, rant over. We are blessed to have a home, the kids are healthy, my wife loves me, and God is good. What more could a man want?

A verse that has resonated with me this year, is this one:

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. (Psa 23:5a)

Our enemies, whatever they may be, seek to distract and disrupt us, but the Lord’s response is to get us to sit and feast in front of them. It takes a measure of faith to to do that when there is a struggle going on. We are inclined to worry and wrestle, but the Good Shepherd wants us to “sit, eat.” He’s got this.

One of my goals this year was to finish Letters from Jesus. I had to work to the sound of jackhammers and rip saws, but the book got done. Hooray! As you probably know, it was released this week. For a few days it was Amazon’s number one best-selling book on both the New Testament and Jesus Christ. My thanks to everyone who grabbed a copy or bought one to give away.

I am very thankful that my job is telling people the good news of Jesus. To be able to write every day about God’s unconditional love, and occasionally go a bit deeper in unpacking the significance of ancient letters and prophecies, is a dream come true for me. If you have been blessed by what I write, I am sure you won’t mind me taking the opportunity to thank the following patrons on Patreon:

Swee Heng Chee, Randy and Julee Armstrong, Charles and Sheilla van Wijk, Terry Maupin, Bill Fowler, Michael and Julie Lipparelli, Ben Dailey, Henry Yeo, Richard Bradford, Doug Hignell, Albert Pak Kwan Soo, Rachmat Permana, Thomas Ludemann, Kris Page, Don Beeson, Amanda Henderson, Ian and Norma Anderson, Jean-Paul Parenteau, Terence Koh, John Williams, Tony Vogel, Klaus and Erika Degen, Jason Whitaker, Justin Hopper, Agnes Tan, Erik Grangård, Jason Kim, Michael and Kimberly Vizza, Ted Nelson, Sandra Osei-Gyamfi, Peter Hanson, David Edwardds, Marion Carter, Farrah Cox, Mikael Jonsson, Jerry Williams, Derrick Darden, James Tuttle, Miguel, Stephanie, and Estelle Gonzalez, Marisa Raynaldo, Terry Myers, Steve Chui Hom Lap, James A Mullier, Cecilia Villanobles Lim, Gerry Macabuhay, Julia Vockrodt, Keith Pinke, Anne H Hoover, Keith Forwith, Anne T Ross, Marshall Kim, Jack Surrett, Low Jer Wei, Deirdre M Rogers, Dottie Hicks, Tom and Kay Stocking, Viwe Jafta, Christopher Gordon, Norin 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May joy and peace be yours in abundance as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Merry Christmas!

Paul

22 Comments on Merry Christmas from the White House

  1. Moses Kawuma // December 22, 2018 at 1:01 am // Reply

    Merry Christmas to you too Paul. Thanks for all you write for us.

  2. Paul, Congratulations on your new book. Look forward to reading it. I so appreciate you as a resource. Thanks for all you do!

  3. Merry Christmas, Paul.

  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Paul. Enjoying your book so much and appreciate you digging deeper for us. We pray 2019 is your best year ever and more truth, posts, and books come through you.

  5. Very thankful for your work, your books and internet articles. God bless you this next year and Merry Christmas. I’m also thankful your home project is over. Praise God.

  6. Merry Christmas and more grace to you sir.

  7. Erik Grangaard // December 22, 2018 at 3:45 am // Reply

    White House and White Christmas certainly mean something else than asbestos renovation for us Chosen Frosen from Norway! Your surrounding looks magnificant so when all the work is finished you will have a wonderful place! Thank you so much for keeping up your good work under difficult circumstances – and congratulations with the Amazon ratings. Wish you, Camilla, and your daughters a Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Erik & Robbie from Colorado Springs celebrating with half our family

  8. Oh my gosh! I had no idea that was going on in your world! (White House) Your humor is so inspiring, whew! Please make sure to post pictures of your finished palace when it’s done, Paul. And thank you–thank you– thank you! for all the writing that you do that encourages us so much in the gospel! =)

  9. Merry Christmas to Paul, wishing you a fulfilling New year

  10. Thank you so much for helping me to see verses that terrified me through the lens of Grace and Truth. The difference is so incredible. I still suffer and struggle with what “religion” did to me, but the healing is real and ongoing.

  11. Jeffrey Calapit // January 1, 2019 at 6:49 pm // Reply

    Happy new year to you Paul. Your writings are an encouragement to me. Every details are gold, exposing the beauty of Jesus and His finished work..Blessings to you and your whole family.

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