Tag: Advent

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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Celebrating Christ at Christmas: Observing Advent

It’s December already!! You’re probably already knee-deep in baking and shopping and decorating and hosting and planning and everything else that has to be done before December 25th… But remember why we’re celebrating.  Remember WHO we celebrate and worship, not just in December, but every moment of every day — our Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t know about […]

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