Tidings of Comfort and Joy
You’ve heard of CNN. But have you heard of GNN?
It’s actually a thing – the Good News Network. They’ve been around for over 20 years, publishing only stories about selflessness and service and philanthropy.
That’s something our world could definitely use more of.
But you know something ironic? Even on the Good News Network, debates can show up in the comments section. When money is donated to a cause, for instance, sometimes people don’t think the cause is right or worthy.
This is the way we are as humans in a fallen world. Agreement can be very hard to come by. Even good news can be tarnished with bad.
It’s why we have phrases like, “You have to take the good with the bad,” or “You win some, you lose some.”
Good news and bad news tend to mingle. And when they do, it too often seems like bad news carries the day.
Into this difficult reality steps Advent. Because Advent is when we reflect deeply on the fact that God stepped into our difficult reality.
The angel announced to the shepherds in Luke 2:10: Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Good news – not mixed, pluses-and-minuses news. Just good news. Of great joy – not confused emotions or tempered expectations, but great joy. That will be for all people – this good news of great joy will not be a limited offer to the select few. It will be freely given for all.
We all suffer; we all sin; we all fall short. And because of that, Our Lord came to suffer in our place, to pay the price for our sin, to fall so that He could rise triumphant over death – and so that we can, too.
The Good News Network has been around for 21 years. But the church has been around a lot longer than that. The GNN might still have to deal with mixed emotions and limited outcomes, but Jesus will not. His victory will be complete and eternal.
This Advent season, take time out from the workload and the schedule and the challenges to join in our own “Good News Network” – the Network of all believers, throughout the world and throughout time, who acknowledge that Jesus is the coming Savior and who call out together, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come.”
Because when He does, it will be only good news, of great joy, to every single person who receives His Advent gifts.
It’s not just good news. It is THE good news. Or to use an older word that means good news: it is the Gospel.
Celebrating Jesus’ Good News with you,
Pastor Rob Morris
About Our Pastor Rob Morris:
Pastor Rob Morris is celebrating his seventh year of serving at Christ the King Lutheran Church. He was ordained into the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod after a colloquy process that involved one semester of classwork at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana and a supervised vicarage here at Christ the King. His previous training included both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in S. Hamilton, MA, where he also served as a Teacher’s Assistant leading classwork for both the Greek and Hebrew departments.
Before his call to Christ the King, Pastor Morris served as a full-time staff member at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield, MA, focusing on both the youth and worship ministries. Going even further back, Pastor Rob’s background was in software sales and his undergraduate work was in business and organizational behavior.
Pastor Morris is joyfully married to his high school sweetheart, Christy, and July 2018 marks their 16th wedding anniversary. They have been entrusted with two wonderful boys: Elijah, 12, and Isaiah, 9. As a family, they love to hike, bike, kayak, explore, read, and play music together.
In his free time, Pastor Morris loves reading, playing music on a growing number of instruments, biking, camping, woodworking, and working on old trucks – currently an old Ford and an even older Studebaker.