The Word Among Us

Advent 2016 Issue

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

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Publisher's Letter

A Letter from the Publisher

Every year around this time, you’ll find church choirs around the world practicing a piece of music that is based on just one verse from the prophet Isaiah. The piece, from Handel’s Messiah, rejoices that a son has been born, “And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (see Isaiah 9:5). More »


A Constant Advisor

In 1741, the composer George Frideric Handel wrote his famous oratorio, Messiah. As the title implies, the oratorio traces Jesus’ birth (Part 1), his death (Part 2), and his resurrection (Part 3). More »

A Powerful Savior

Isn’t it ironic that the One we celebrate as the Mighty God would come to us in such a humble way? When we look at the baby in the manger, he seems so helpless and fragile. But that was God’s way of showing us the extent of his love. For this baby, who was born to Mary, truly is both Lord and Christ. More »

A Loving Provider

We know that Jesus taught and gave counsel like no one else. We know that he performed powerful miracles. But how can we imagine Jesus as the “Everlasting Father” that Isaiah’s prophecy mentions? It doesn’t seem to fit. Jesus is the second Person of the Blessed Trinity; he is the <i>Son</i> of God. He is not God the Father. Even Jesus told us to call God “Our Father”! So how can Jesus be the Everlasting Father? More »

A Comforting Friend

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. (Luke 2:14) More »

Special Feature

St. Joseph: Father, Refugee, Role Model

Is there any saint both more familiar and yet more unknown than St. Joseph? His likeness appears in statues, nativity scenes, and Christmas cards. More »

Beating Invisible Enemies

When I went to basic training in 2000, our instructors did a fantastic job of teaching us how to fight the enemies we could see. But facing invisible enemies—that’s something our training did not prepare us for. More »

The Gift of Peace

This is the season when a familiar question begins echoing in homes throughout the land: “What do you want for Christmas?” We’ve all heard answers ranging from reasonable (a kitchen whisk, a toy truck, a sweater) to poignant (a job, good health, friends) to outrageous (a desktop punching bag, a sports car). More »