“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”

In 1739, Charles Wesley's poem beginning "Hark! how all the welkin rings/Glory to the King of Kings" appeared in Hymns and Sacred Poems. Initially the words were paired with a slow, solemn tune. A co-worker changed the opening to "Hark! the herald angels sing..." A...

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“Silent Night”

Perhaps the most familiar CHRISTmas carol of all time was a collaboration between parish priest Joseph Mohr, who wrote the words, and one of his parishioners, a guitarist named Franz Gruber. It was sung on Christmas Eve of 1818 in the little German village of...

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“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

I don't know about you, but this time of year I cannot get enough of the Christmas hymns. Do you mind if we spend the week enjoying some of the old familiar carols? For Monday: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by John Mason Neale. O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive...

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He is who He says He is

In this single verse is the entirety of Christ's life. God in the flesh, walking our earth, to become the sin sacrifice for all mankind. Because I believe in Him, on the day I leave my earthly body, I will be with Him in Glory. And that statement gives me all the hope...

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As he promised

"...as he promised." Those are such incredible, powerful words. When God makes a promise, He keeps it. He promised Israel they could expect a Savior. He paved the way for Christ's birth, and when the time was ripe, He sent His very own precious, perfect, sinless Son...

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A humble beginning

I'm a pretty imaginative person, but I have a hard time envisioning what Mary must have felt as she gave birth in a lowly animal stall and placed her precious baby boy in a feeding trough. Mary knew who He was--the angel had told her. Even if she hadn't known, every...

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Good tidings of great joy

I love the CHRISTmas season. I try so hard not to decorate my house before Thanksgiving (although I do listen to CHRISTmas music...), but the day after Thanksgiving, decorations explode! Some of my favorite pieces of decor are angels (probably because my dear Tante...

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Proclaiming the truth

Have you ever heard the saying, "There's strength in numbers"? It's true--lots of voices together make a bigger splash than a single voice. Can you imagine the shepherds' reaction when a great company of angels began praising God from the heavens? Can you imagine this...

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Jesus holds the victory

Have you read the end of Bible? If yes, then you know what is to come. No matter what it might look like on this earth, JESUS holds the VICTORY. He WILL overcome every evil and reign forever. God's kingdom CANNOT be shaken. Is that not reason to shout out thankfulness...

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