For unto us a Child is born …

1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

Favorite Christmas Story

Christmas was always big in my family growing up, and as the years pass I find myself missing my parents more at this time of year. With plenty of great holiday memories to choose from here is one of my favorite Christmas stories ,,,

My parents were both from West Virginia, and lived in Ohio before moving to California. When I was three we moved back to Ohio, and some of my earliest childhood memories are of looking out our big bay window at all of the snow.

That year Dad bought Mom the waffle maker she had been wanting. This wasn’t one of the little plastic models from Walmart, mind you. We are talking about the 1970s, so this was a full on cast iron waffle maker from Sears or some place.

One day Mom left to go to the store and Dad brought out the waffle maker and all of the wrapping apparel. We were in the process of wrapping it up when Mom walked through the door.

Dad grabbed everything and ran to the bedroom, with me following. When we got to the bedroom, he told me to let Mom in until he was finished wrapping.

Mom was more than curious and came knocking on the door. I told her she couldn’t come in and she tried to coax me into opening the door. 

Finally I blurted out, “Mom, you can’t come in, we’re wrapping your waffle maker!”

Dad stopped what he was doing, and just looked at me trying to hold back a laugh. Shaking his head, he told me to let her in. We opened the door to find Mom sitting in the hallway laughing hysterically.

And “You can’t come in, we’re wrapping your waffle maker” became part of the family lexicon.

Hope your Christmas Eve is merry and bright!

A little something about me

My name is Brian Edward Goff, and I have a great love for my God, my family, Christian music and the written word.

In my nearly 40 years on this Earth I have discovered there is very little that can compare with the feeling of overcoming your fears, tossing aside the chains holding you back and accomplishing something you were not sure you could do.

That is what this blog is all about, finding that moment When Faith Eclipses Fear.

I am an easy going guy, who doesn’t like to stir up trouble. But I know starting up a project like this opens me up to criticism and possible negative reaction. So for me, just starting this blog is a show of my Faith overcoming my fears.

I feel God has blessed me with a talent for expressing myself through the written word, but have found that over the years I have not done nearly enough with it to honor Him.

That all changes now.

In my hour commute each way to work I listen to a lot of music on Air1 radio or my CD collection of Third Day, Toby Mac, Bryan Duncan and the like. In this time, I think about a great many things, like my favorite song lyrics and the stories that go with them, from the Bible to my own experiences.

I have felt compelled to share some of those thoughts, hence this blog. The whole time “Hoping God can use it to set some people free,” if I can borrow a line from TobyMac.

I have also started a Twitter account @FaithAboveFear to help promote the blog and might even start a Facebook page later on.

Feel free to leave me comments or send me an email to whenfaitheclipsesfear@gmail.com

More to come …