Tag: Advent

A Christmas Meditation on Joy

I just love the word JOY, don’t you? Especially at Christmas! The lights that sparkle, the festive decorations, the jolly moods and giving spirits . . . it feels like the whole world is filled to the brim with gladness! Of course, we know that true joy is the privilege of the redeemed alone. True […]

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Babe in a Manger (Free Christmas Coloring Sheet)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son […]

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Think back over 2000 years ago, to a time when the nation of Israel dwelt captive in the Babylonian empire. Life is bleak, cold, hard. Thoughts of freedom have been abandoned. Hope is all but forgotten. Centuries before, God had covenanted with the great King David and promised that his royal line would never die […]

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The Unexpectedness of the First Christmas

The virgin birth of Christ in Bethlehem had been prophesied hundreds of years before it actually happened. But it happened in a way that was completely unexpected. Mary was just an ordinary girl. Joseph, just a simple carpenter. The manger in Bethlehem was surrounded by itchy hay and the sounds and smells of working animals. Not to mention the shepherds, […]

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Is Your Heart Ready for Christmas?

Christmas is less than two weeks away and I haven’t even started my Christmas cards, I’m only half-done my shopping, and I still have baking to do. I’m not ready for Christmas… at least in that sense. But I am preparing. Are you? I don’t mean the party-planning, picture-taking, shopping and wrapping, baking and traveling sort of […]

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Hymns for Advent: Incarnation

Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang, proclaiming thy royal degree; but of lowly birth didst thou come to earth, and in great humility. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth thou art! Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart! Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word, that should […]

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A Moment of Anticipation: Hymns for Advent

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free! From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in Thee. Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free thine own from Satan’s tyranny! From depths of hell thy […]

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