Tag Archive for: Christmas

Make a Joyful Noise

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)

How will you make music to the Lord this Christmas season?

True Meaning of Christmas

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. (Matthew 25:35-36)
The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve.  He hadn’t been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away.  It was just another day to him.  He didn’t hate Christmas, just couldn’t find a reason to celebrate.  He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through. Read more

Only a Moment

For only a moment…

They would try to stay at the inn

Soon they would find no room for Him

The manger would be the place of birth

The beginning of peace on earth

For only a moment…

A star stood still in the sky

While the wise men’s journey came nigh

They went to worship the newborn King

For this the angels did sing

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I Hear the Bells

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

There are so many things I enjoy during the Christmas season, but one of the things I enjoy the most are the Christmas carols.  They seem to be playing everywhere I go.  My favorite thing about it all is hearing people join in and sing to them.  It doesn’t matter if the songs are playing in the grocery store, the mall, or the coffee shop.  Everywhere I go I hear someone singing along.  The joy of Christmas sweeps through every heart, even if they haven’t experienced the full meaning of it.

This has led me on a journey to discover the story behind some of the Christmas carols.  I know I will sing them with more conviction and more meaning in my heart, if I know the full story behind them.  So I’m going to take you on this journey with me.  Let’s start with “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

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Tuning into the Right Station

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7, KJV)

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (Exodus 20:7)

Tune your radio into the right station!

Tune your radio into the right station!

Today, I was driving to meet a friend for coffee.  It’s always funny how God can meet you right where you’re at when you are listening.  My drive was maybe a mile or two away and in this time I heard something quite profound on the radio.  It stuck with me all day today and I have been dissecting it.  This is what I heard, “If you don’t believe in Santa, Under God, and Pledge of Allegiance you might have the wrong radio station.”  My initial response was how odd that santa would be equated with under God.  I mean can we really put a fictional character in the same sentence with God.  I know we do it, but does it make sense.

I can see where the radio station is coming from.  They are trying to make a point that Christmas is a celebration of Christ and just like we don’t take Santa out of all the Christmas songs, so also we need not take the reason for celebrating out of Christmas. “Merry Christmas” is not just a saying, it is a celebration of the Savior’s birth.  It’s not a time to just get out the lights, gifts, and eggnog.  It’s a time to celebrate Jesus CHRIST!

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