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Looking for Good News: new issue of Spirit Fire Review

Watercolor painting, flowers in bright reds, yellows, blues, and pink, with lush, vibrant green leaves, image by Mary P. Tortilla, on Pixabay.

watercolor, image by Mary P. Tortilla, on Pixabay

Looking for Good News


It’s hard to find stories of good news sometimes. You can search the web for it

and might come up with a story about multiple people having been killed, but one    

person escaped the danger just in time.


You might find a report of a community overrun by fire, frightened residents        

grabbing a few possessions and fleeing the inferno. When they return to the shells          

of their homes, one family is relieved to find that their cat somehow survived.


Obviously, these stories contain some positives. I mean, any person spared is a good thing. And any pet reunited with their family. But are we so starved for encouragement   

that these tragic tales with their last-minute mention of something not-quite-so-bad       

are the best we can hope for?


An uplifting tidbit at the close of a broadcast. A ray of light as the story ends. And, yes,    

a tidbit is indeed better than nothing. But should we be satisfied with better-than-nothing

in our search for good news? Do we even know what good news is?


God loved the people of this world so much                                                                  

that he gave his only Son,                                                                                                    

so that everyone who has faith in him                                                                              

will have eternal life and never really die.”                                                 

    (John 3:16, Contemporary English Version)


The Bible is pretty clear about good news. It’s a headline, not a tidbit. Not an add-on,   

but a plan that spans history and eternity. Not just better-than-nothing, but better than   

we could have imagined. And certainly much better than we deserve, but—good news!—it’s a gift.


If you haven’t yet “opened” your gift, now is the time to do it. Just pray: 

    Dear Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins and rising from the dead.

    Please forgive me. Come into my heart, and be my Lord. Thank You.


TABLE OF CONTENTS, December 2023 Issue

Christmas at Home / Noël de Chez Nous: poem by Roodly Laurore                                 

Two Poems by Ron Riekki                                                                                         

Coincidence and Homeless Rabbits: personal narrative by Erin Fanning                                

Christmas blessings from Spirit Fire Review!

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