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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/3/2017

Sunday was the first message from the Five Candles at Christmas series exploring the various themes of Christmas represented by the five candles of the Advent Wreath. The message was called The Advent Candle of Hope, taken from Matthew 1:22-23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Hope in Christ gets you through the waiting
  – Genesis 2:16,17, 3:15, 12:2-3; Isaiah 7:14
II. Hope in Christ helps you go the distance
  – Numbers 24:17; Isaiah 60:3; Matthew 2:1-2, 28:19; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
III. Hope in Christ does not disappoint
  – Matthew 1:22-23; Luke 2:5-7, 25-32, 36-38; Romans 5:5, 8:23-25, 10:11
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A Christmas Message from Proverbs

Ever read a Christmas message from the book of Proverbs? Now you can! (It’s short.)

Hope Deferred … A Longing Fulfilled (Proverbs 13:12)

Merry Christmas!

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Love Came Down at Christmas

Here’s the link to this year’s Christmas Eve message, Love Came Down, a very simple message taken from 1 John 4:7-10. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Love comes from God (verses 7-8)

II. Love came down to earth (verse 9)

III. Love came down to the cross (verse 10)

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And here is a great Christina Rossetti poem by the same name:

“Love Came Down at Christmas” – Christina Rossetti

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine,
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

Come and Stand Amazed, You People!

I discovered a new (old) Christmas carol this year! This is a medieval Dutch carol, based on a translation by Klaas Hart (1906-1973). The words dig deep into the mystery and miracle of Christmas. Merry Christmas, and enjoy!

Come and Stand Amazed, You People

Come and stand amazed, you people,
See how God is reconciled!
See his plans of love accomplished,
See his gift, this newborn child.
See the Mighty, weak and tender,
See the Word who now is mute.
See the Sovereign without splendor,
See the Fullness destitute;
The Beloved whom, we covet,
In a state of low repute.

See how humankind received him;
See him wrapped in swaddling bands,
Who as Lord of all creation
Rules the wind by his commands.
See him lying in a manger
Without sign of reasoning;
Word of God to flesh surrendered,
He is wisdom’s crown, our King.
See how tender our Defender
At whose birth the angels sing.

O Lord Jesus, God incarnate,
Who assumed this humble form,
Counsel me and let my wishes
To your perfect will conform.
Light of life, dispel my darkness,
Let your frailty strengthen me;
Let your meekness give me boldness,
Let your burden set me free;
Let your sadness give me gladness,
Let your death be life for me.

And here is a modern rendering of the carol on YouTube:

Come and Stand Amazed – Citizens (cover) (Video length:2:28)

A Happy Star Trek Christmas!

I love Star Trek, and I love Christmas, so this one is a no-brainer for me!

Picard – Make it So – Let It Snow (Video length: 2:29)

Related post: Darth Vader Plays a Mean Harmonica

Ruth – A Christmas Story Series

Here are links to all the messages in the Ruth – A Christmas Story series. Enjoy!

Ruth - A Christmas Story

The Nativity by C. S. Lewis

I love this poem by C. S. Lewis:

Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow)
I see a glory in the stable grow
Which, with the ox’s dullness might at length
Give me an ox’s strength.

Among the asses (stubborn I as they)
I see my Savior where I looked for hay;
So may my beastlike folly learn at least
The patience of a beast.

Among the sheep (I like a sheep have strayed)
I watch the manger where my Lord is laid;
Oh that my baa-ing nature would win thence
Some woolly innocence!

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Christmas in a Word Series

This week I will be sharing a seven-part devotional called Christmas in a Word. I hope you enjoy the series and invite you to read along each day in preparation for Christmas. I will update this post daily with the links to each devotional so if you join in late you can read the whole series in order. God bless, and Merry Christmas!

Christmas in a Word Series
    1. The God Who Speaks
    2. God’s Good Gift of Speech
    3. God’s Continued Promise of the Savior
    4. The Long Silence
    5. The Silence is Broken
    6. The Word Became Flesh
    7. Christmas in a Word

Texas Megachurch Offers Christmas Services in 3-D

Link: Texas Megachurch Offers Christmas Services in 3-D

We have church services in 3-D every Sunday – and you don’t even have to wear special glasses. Most of my life takes place in three dimensions. How about you?

The Nativity Meets the Internet

What the birth of Jesus might have looked like if Joseph and Mary had Facebook and the Internet:

The Digital Story of Nativity (Video length: 2:58)

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The Christmas Spirit

Are you getting into the Christmas spirit yet? Here is a great quote from J. I. Packer on the true spirit of Christmas.

“The Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who, like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor–spending and being spent– to enrich their fellow men, giving time, trouble, care, and concern, to do good to others–and not just their own friends–in whatever way there seems need. There are not as many who show this spirit as there should be.” (J. I. Packer, Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus, p. 72.)

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Free Christmas Kindle Books – 12/1/2010


Welcome to December and four free Christmas Kindle books from Amazon! Grab them quick before they go back to full price!

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(Note: For ebook and audiobook conversions, see Fowler Digital Services.)