Musically Christmas // Joy to the World

Song lyrics to focus our hearts on Christmas this Christmas week. “Joy to the World; the Lord is come!Let earth receive her King!Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,And Heaven and nature sing.” – Joy to the World by Isaac Watts

Musically Christmas // O Come O Come Emmanuel

Song lyrics to focus our hearts on Christmas this Christmas week. “O come, O Branch of Jesse’s stem,Unto your own and rescue them!From depths of hell your people save,And give them victory o’er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice!Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” – O Come O Come Emmanuel John Mason Neale (translation)

Musically Christmas // The King is Coming

Song lyrics to focus our hearts on Christmas this Christmas week. “The King is comingOpen up your eyes to see it, open up your ears to hear itThe King is comingOpen up your mind, believe it, open up your heart, receive Him” – The King is Coming by Christy Nockels

I Wonder as I Wander

“Did you ever see a child staring into the boughs of a Christmas tree? We are wired to wonder. Designed to find ourselves in something greater than our own little lives. No one ever stood under the Northern Lights muttering ‘Wow, I’m incredible!’” – Pete Grieg The practice of wondering is an invitation to see…

To the Point // Dwell with Jesus

After 430 years of silence, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. He came knowing all that was to come – the emotional and physical suffering; the exhaustion of being present mind, body, spirit for everyone He encountered; the political and social climate He affected from the moment of His birth until his last…

Emmanuel, God With Us

Uncertainty is reality in this life. This year has proven we never truly know what’s coming. In some instances, anticipation of the unknown is exhilarating. Other times, fear invades and clouds our ability to accept what may come. One of the integral aspects of celebrating Christmas is that it brings Christ to the forefront. It…

To the point // Beyond Christmas

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.// Colossians 1:17 NIV Yes, the celebration of Christ’s birth is monumental. For us. Yet, beyond Christmas… Jesus has always been. Is. Will forever be. And ALL things exist because of Him. May we be bold enough to open our hearts and our minds to…

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,because the Lord has anointed meto proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim freedom for the captivesand release from darkness for the prisoners,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favorand the day of vengeance of our God,to comfort all…

Some Levity // More Christmas Movie Jar

In the last couple days I have watched three movies from the jar. I first watched “The Shop Around the Corner” a few years ago once I found out that “You’ve Got Mail” was based on it. This is another one that I could give or take, but the one thing I do enjoy is…

O Holy Night

We all need Christmas right now! And I don’t mean the feel-good Santa version, even though it does add to the season. I mean the pull-your-Bible-out-and-dig-deep-into-the-story-of-Jesus-Christ’s-birth true Christmas! While we are consumed in chaos and darkness this year, we need a reminder of the reality of Jesus coming as light to a dark world. The…

Come with thanksgiving

Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to him and affectionately bless his beautiful name! For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you. He’s so loving that it will amaze you— so kind that it will astound you! And he is famous for his faithfulness toward all….

Some Levity // Christmas Movie Jar

I love Christmas. I love Christmas movies. As many people do, I have my traditional collection of favorite movies I watch every year. Yet this year, I wanted to add other movies that I do not usually watch. Thus the Christmas Movie Jar was created! To make the jar, I simply listed about 25 movies….