Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Words of Christmas

Christmas is two weeks away as I write this, yet I’ve been celebrating Christmas in my heart for a few weeks now.  With my new schedule I have the golden gift of a couple of hours in the morning before heading out to the rest of my day.

Here is what I hear as I ponder Christmas.

In the beginning was the Word; the Word was with God and the Word was God.

The Word became flesh and He came and lived among us.

This Word was full of grace and truth.

Let every heart prepare Him room.

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus; There is room in my heart for you.

How silently this wondrous gift is given
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of His Heaven
No ear may hear His coming,
but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still,
the dear Christ enters in

O holy Child of Bethlehem
descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in,
be born in us today.

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Grace dawned – Grace burst forth

Redeeming love,
a love that knows no limit;
Redeeming love,
a love that never dies;

Down in a lowly manger
the humble Christ was born,
And brought us God’s salvation
that blessed Christmas morn

Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor does he sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth good will to men

And the angel said to Mary
– For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Good news!  Noel!  Christ is born!

P Michael Biggs
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Encouragement Inspiration
At Christmas


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Chaos Can't Stop Christmas

In spite of the history … in spite of the ancestry … in spite of anything that had gone before … God brought Christmas to the world. 

CHRISTmas came.

Look at what happened prior to the birth of Christ.  Meet some of the seedier side of the ancestry of Jesus.

Ruth was a foreigner.
Rhab a harlot.  Read about her in Joshua 2:1-24 and 6:1-25
David was an adulterer.

Oh, there are others – less respectable – less reliable – yet they were a part of the line of the Christ.

My point … Chaos can’t stop Christmas.

Bad seed can’t.
Bad choices can’t.
Bad moments of one’s life can’t.

God works through all things to bring His glory forth.

Romans 8:28 is a famous address for one of God’s promises. 

“All things work together for the good
of those who love God, to those who are
called according to His purposes.”

Jesus is the son of God.  God had a plan all along, you see.  And in spite of some corrupt, dishonest, and sometimes deceitful actions of His ancestors, He still came as the Messiah, the Savior, the Baby born of a virgin in a manger.

What chaos might be going on around you this week?  With what troubling relationships are you wrestling?  Are you troubled over some world political situation? 

The good news of the Christmas story is this … God brings confidence out of chaos.  He brings good out of the daily grind. 

He works in all things, through all things, with all things and He uses all kinds of people.

Yes, God even works through you. 

So, whatever chaos you may be facing, hold fast to the story of the baby in the manger.  He maneuvered his way through a lot of bad seed and disappointing activities to get to us.

He brings Christmas to our chaotic world.


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One Word at a Time

Thursday, December 8, 2016

O Little Town-The Story

One of the great Christmas carols is O Little Town of Bethlehem, written by Phillips Brooks.  Here is the story of how this carol came to be.

… On Christmas Eve in 1865, Phillips Brooks rode through the dark streets of Jerusalem on horseback.  He was headed to place above the town where he was told the shepherds had gathered with their sheep some 1800 years earlier.

After returning to his church in Philadelphia, he wanted to capture his thoughts from that night in Jerusalem and the result was this poem.

A few days before Christmas in 
1868, he asked an organist, Lewis Redner, to put the poem to music.  He wanted to use it at their Christmas service. 
Redner tried but failed to successfully create a melody for these lyrics.  On Christmas Eve, feeling he had utterly failed, he went to bed. 

Mr. Redner later related, “I was aroused from sleep in the night.  I heard what I consider to be an angel-strain.  I picked up a piece of score paper and jotted down the melody of this tune as I heard it in my head.”

And that is how this song came to be.  It was a moment of inspiration that inspired the lyrics upon reflection, and it was a divine moment when the melody suddenly came to Mr. Redner. 

Those are the two elements we think of most when we consider the Christmas message – inspiration meeting a divine moment.

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy this video version  

O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight
For Christ is born of Mary

And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth
How silently, how silently

The wondrous gift is given
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven
No ear may hear His coming
But in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive Him still
the dear Christ enters in

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born in us today. 
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us 
Our Lord Emmanuel!

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One Word at a Time