Tag Archives: Christmas

Joy to the World

I was clued in yesterday by a friend that the song “Joy to the World” is not a Christmas song. Say what? And Frosted Flakes aren’t my Dad’s favorite cereal. Surely this was some sort of mistake.

So, I researched it (yes, I used Wikipedia….don’t go all “Library of Congress” on me)….and….he is right! Isaac Watts is credited with writing the words of Joy to the World, and he wrote them as “as a hymn glorifying Christ’s triumphant return at the end of the age, rather than a Christmas song celebrating his first coming as a babe born in a stable.”

That’s crazy!

Does anyone know how this happened? Please share!

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Advent Conspiracy

I first mentioned this back in August. Do your family a favour this Christmas, and watch this video:

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Perfected Praise

I was just reading in Matthew chapter 21. Verse 16: And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

Christ was referencing Psalm 8:2. The praise that little children have for Jesus, especially this time of year, is something very special. Their faith is refreshing – it is innocent and whole hearted.

So when you attend the Children’s Choir Christmas Musical Extravaganza 2010 this year – don’t be bored or uninterested. Study how much in love with Jesus they are in the simplicity of their faith.

Matthew 18:3: And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

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Our First TreePerhaps you’ve seen my blog post about Christmas already. I like Christmas. By far my favorite holiday. But when my wife suggested that we put up our very first Christmas tree back in September….I was a bit skeptical…

She was born and raised in the Philippines, and in the city of Metro Manila they begin their Christmas celebrations before we Americans have fully enjoyed our Labor Day weekend. The malls, lamp posts, houses, businesses, and banks are all decorated for Christmas in full by now – and Jessica was reminiscing of home. So, I climbed up into the attic, got our tree down, and set it up. We decorated it a couple nights later…..I still wasn’t sure about all of this….wasn’t it going to interfere with my enjoyment of all the holidays before Christmas?

Now it’s been up for about 3 weeks, and I gotta tell ya….  it’s pretty nice. You know that warm feeling you get around Christmas time?  The one that is even more special for those of us who know Christ….  we’ve had that since September…

I highly recommend you go ahead and decorate your tree this week…..