Liberty University Online Academy would like to introduce you to Richard Garman. Richard has worked for LUOA for over ten years. He has served as a department chair, curriculum project manager, and in other responsibilities. Now, he serves as the academy chaplain, teaches math and Bible courses, and helps with administrative duties. Richard has a passion for sharing the Gospel and studying the Bible, which he is sharing through this series on the LUOA Spark!
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army of angels praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:12-14
Peace for whom? There is a somber note sounded in the angels’ praise. Peace among those on whom His favor rests. Peace among those with whom He is pleased. But without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). So, Christmas does not bring peace to all.
“And this is the judgment,” Jesus said, “that the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light; for their deeds were evil.” John 3:19. Or as the aged Simeon said when he saw the child Jesus, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and as a sign to be opposed— and a sword will pierce your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35. Oh, how many there are who look out on a bleak and chilly Christmas day and see no more than that, a sign to be opposed.
“He came to His own, and His own people did not accept Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:11–12. It was only to His disciples that Jesus said, “Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful. John 14:27.
The people who enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding are those who in everything by prayer and supplication let their requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6–7).
The key that unlocks the treasure chest of God’s peace is faith in the promises of God. So, Paul prays, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13.When we do trust the promises of God and have joy and peace and love, then God is glorified.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased! Everyone from every people, tongue, tribe, and nation who would believe can have true peace this Christmas season and forever.
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Richard has worked for LUOA for over ten years. He has served as a department chair, curriculum project manager, and in other responsibilities. Now he serves as the academy chaplain, teaches math and Bible courses, and helps with administrative duties. He graduated from Liberty University with a Master’s in Theological Studies in 2017. He also has degrees from Hollins University (MALS) and the College of William and Mary (BA in Education). Richard is originally from Roanoke, VA, and he enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his wife and pets, cooking, and reading.