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Day 12: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Day 12: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear   Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel   O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here Disperse the gloomy...

Day 11: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Day 11: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day To save us all from Satan's pow'r when we were gone astray Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy   In Bethlehem, in Israel, this blessed Babe was born And...

Day 10: Light Of The World

Day 10: Light Of The World

The world waits for a miracle The heart longs for a little bit of hope Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel A child prays for peace on Earth And she's calling out from a sea of hurt Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel And can you hear the angels singing Glory to the light of the world...

Day 9: What Child Is This

Day 9: What Child Is This

What Child is this who laid to restOn Mary's lap is sleeping?Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,While shepherds watch are keeping? So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,Come Peasant, King to own HimThe King of Kings salvation brings,Let loving hearts enthrone Him....

Day 8: I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

Day 8: I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas dayTheir old familiar carols playAnd mild and sweet their songs repeatOf peace on earth good will to men And the bells are ringingLike a choir they're singing In my heart I hear them And in despair I bowed my headThere is no peace on...

Day 7: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Day 7: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled" Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skiesWith the angelic host proclaim:"Christ is born in Bethlehem"Hark! The herald angels sing"Glory...

Day 6: Go Tell It On The Mountain

Day 6: Go Tell It On The Mountain

While shepherds kept their watchingover silent flocks by night,behold throughout the heavens,there shone a holy light. Go, tell it on the mountain,over the hills and everywhere.Go, tell it on the mountainthat Jesus Christ is born. The shepherds feared and trembledwhen...

Day 5: Joy To The World

Day 5: Joy To The World

Joy to the world, the Lord is comeLet earth receive her King Let every heart prepare Him roomAnd Heaven and nature singAnd Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!Let men their songs employWhile fields and floods, rocks, hills and...

Day 4: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Day 4: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

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. Israel's strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart. Born Thy people to...

Day 3: Welcome to Our World

Day 3: Welcome to Our World

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking How we need to hear from God You've been promised, we've been waiting Welcome Holy Child Hope that You don't mind our manger How I wish we could have known But long-awaited Holy Stranger Make Yourself at home Please make Yourself...

Day 2: We Three Kings

Day 2: We Three Kings

We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and fountain, moor and mountain Following yonder star We three kings, we three kings Born a king on Bethlehem's plain Gold I bring to crown Him again King forever, ceasing never Over us all to reign Oh,...

Day 1: The First Noel

Day 1: The First Noel

The First Noel, the Angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay In fields where they lay keeping their sheep On a cold winter's night that was so deep Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! They looked up and saw a star Shining in...

Good Gifts and Good Works

Good Gifts and Good Works

Part I - Good Gifts Like many American children, I was raised with a strong faith in Santa Claus. And this faith taught me a lesson: good behavior is rewarded with the gifts of my dreams (thanks for the Nintendo, Santa!) and poor behavior is punished by withholding...

The Feast of Salvation

The Feast of Salvation

Imagine you’re at a wedding reception. There is music, laughter, dancing, and a lot of food. You might have a cocktail hour with an appetizer course, the main course, and a dessert course. Each of these courses is part of the overall meal during the celebration. The...

The Spiritual Life

The Spiritual Life

We have been in the process of becoming who we are from the time we were born. Who we are today isn’t the person we were twenty years ago, or even twenty minutes ago. For better or worse, who we are, and who we are becoming, is constantly being shaped and transformed...

Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required

If you’ve ever purchased something from IKEA, chances are good you’re familiar with the term “some assembly required.” More like ALL assembly required. Yet people all over the world have embraced a little DIY if it means having a bit of trendy furniture at a fraction...

Help Along the Way

Help Along the Way

Many of Jesus’ teachings are difficult to practice. Love God. Love your neighbor. Love your enemy. These teachings and more outline what abundant living looks like here on earth for every believer in Jesus. But there’s a problem: these teachings are often...

The Freedom in Confession

The Freedom in Confession

Have you ever dreamed you were standing in front of a crowd in just your underwear? Feeling exposed and embarrassed is a familiar nightmare. But for the first humans in the Bible, this was a very real experience. After Adam and Eve sinned, eating from that fateful...

Receive the Gift

Receive the Gift

Have you ever received a compliment and then dismissed it or re-focused the conversation on something else? Have you ever received a Christmas gift and then felt bad because you didn’t have one to give in return? Yeah, I’ve been there. “To doubt the guarantee of...

More Than Enough

More Than Enough

Read Psalm 16:8-11   I made a quick grocery run last week. As I dashed through the store, focusing on getting the essentials on my list as quickly as possible while staying six feet away from the other masked shoppers, gigantic wrapped Easter baskets caught my...

Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness

Read Isaiah 53:8-9   Plastered in mud from head to toe, I crawled on my hands and knees through the last section of the cave called the Pancake. Eventually, I lowered myself on my stomach and army-crawled the rest of the way out. Walking out of the cave, I...