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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Beautiful Benediction

Treasured friend,

I was in the process of preparing for a worship service we'll be leading later in the week. The topic in our current series is suffering as Christians. I was reading in 1 Peter on my WordSearch Bible software.

To close the service, I was looking for the benediction Peter gave. So, I picked up my leather-bound NLT--which is actually the one I'd given my dad years ago. I remember seeing him pour over it--delighting in the fact that the Word was coming alive to him in fresh ways. He highlighted so much, that there are few spots on any given page that aren't highlighted.

The Bible opened right to the page I'd been seeking, as Daddy had left a marker (a torn envelope, actually) right in the page where Peter gives the benediction--which, by the way, is absolutely perfect for this service. And yes, the passage was highlighted by Daddy's hand. What a heritage he left me.

Here is this week's benediction, then:

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. 
So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, 
and he will place you on a firm foundation. 
All power to him forever! Amen. -- 1 Peter 5:10-11

Blessings and prayers,


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Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Joy in Worship

"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?  
For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."
Matthew 2:2


We have come to worship Him. We’ve often heard the word explained as worth-ship, as in attributing great worth to the worshipped one. Certainly the arduous journey of the magi across deserts and mountains qualifies as attributing worth to the King of kings. Bestowing Him with gifts of great value showed their worship in a tangible way. They left no doubt that they put their energy where the worship of their lips said it was.

But what of us? Can we get a solid fix on the worship God with Us–Immanuel will accept? Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well and explained that worship isn’t a where, but a how. True worshippers, He said, worship His Father in spirit and in truth. How does that look in everyday life?
The two of us spend a lot of time thinking about that all year as we prepare our hearts and select music designed to lead our congregation at the senior village in worship. Yes, the lyrics and tunes we choose can make a rich contribution to our corporate experience at worship.

O worship the King, all glorious above. 
O gratefully sing His power and His love.
Our Shield and Defender, The Ancient of Days 
Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

But when the last note is sung and the benediction echoes in the silence, what then is worship? Could it be stroking the hand of a grieving friend? Speaking an uplifting word to a downhearted soul? Wrapping a blanket around a shivering shoulder? When you’ve done it to the least of these, our Lord said, you’ve done it to Me.

Of course, our salvation does not come from actions we can take. But our worship does. Yes, it’s our words, our song. But in this season of giving, may we be more attuned to opportunities He places before us, opportunities to worship Him by serving one another in love. May we act out the love He lavished on us as He came in that manger. If there’s any doubt that He loved us, we can look past the manger to His Cross and past the Cross to the Empty Tomb. The One Who did all that for us deserves our whole-hearted, whole-bodied worship—not just in word, but in every move we make. That’s what’s been on our hearts this Christmas as we’ve contemplated becoming worshippers in spirit and in truth.

Blessings and prayers,


Just Released
Full-color Family Story with Discussion Questions
And There Were in That Same Country

What else was going on in the world on the night when an angel choir lit up the sky and announced the birth of the world’s Savior? What were the key players in the Easter story doing on that first Christmas Eve? How ordinary was their life in those hours? Did they even know or recognize the King when He made His entrance? Here's Julie’s new family storybook hot off the presses that describes how it might have been.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

We're proud to announce the latest Joy Media Publishing release, And There Were in That Same Country: A Christmas Story. Shipping from and arriving in time to make sharing it together a new tradition in your family Christmas celebration.
It's an imaginative story of what might have been ... Eavesdrop with Julie on the lives of ordinary people in the hours and moments leading up to that silent, holy night. People who had no idea that an angel announcement was impending. That the Savior of the world was about to make His royal entrance. It's a beautiful, four-color book; a tale of memorable individuals who had no earthly idea that their lives would one day intersect the King of kings.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

And There Were in that Same Country ...

Once upon a time, a time not awfully different from today, in a land not very far away, there lived a good king—a perfectly good king. From his tower high above the land the king looked down to survey his dominion.

First, he focused on his capital city. His eyes swept over the dusty cityscape. He saw the place his father used to live. He saw a man who worked in his father's house. This place and this man made him sad. Not for the first time, nor the last. And this is what he saw:

Treasured friend,

Our lives are defined, by and large, by mundane everydayness. Yet, we don't know from our limited earthbound perspective just when the eternal will break into our everyday--and take on a significance only heaven will allow us to know. What you've just read is the opening to our new book And There Were In That Same Country: A Christmas Story. 

We'd love for you to get this book for your family and enjoy it together this Christmas season. It will be releasing tomorrow on You can get it in time to share it on Christmas Eve. We think it'll become a new family tradition!

Let it remind you to be on the lookout for the eternal--it'll be there, mingled with your daily duties. If you're not attuned to it, you may never see it coming.

I pray for you a blessed season of preparing to celebrate Christ's incarnation.

Blessings and prayers, 

© 2010, 2016, Julie-Allyson Ieron. All rights reserved. For reprint permission, email: To purchase a copy of And There Were In That Same Country: A Christmas story in four-color print or ebook editions, visit Julie's author page after December 7, 2016.