Sunday, December 30, 2007

A New Year

Happy New Year, Scotty Dog
Happy New Year, Scotty Dog

Annie's New Year History Page

I found this article about the New Year on my friend Barbara's website ~ The Jumping Off Place by Ruth Martin ~ Ruth's other writings are also wonderful.

Hymn ~ Another Year Is Dawining ~ Here is a precious article about the author of this hymn Frances Ridley Havergal.

A New Year Blessing

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

"Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus"

Jesus the Shepherd by Myung Bo
Jesus the Shepherd

John1:14 -
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

I found this wonderful song about Jesus, Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christ is Everlasting

A wonderful devotional by Charles Spurgeion~

Psalm 93:2
Thou art from everlasting.

Christ is EVERLASTING. Of Him we may sing with David, "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever." Rejoice, believer, in Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. Jesus always was. The Babe born in Bethlehem was united to the Word, which was in the beginning, by whom all things were made. The title by which Christ revealed Himself to John in Patmos was, "Him which is, and which was, and which is to come." If He were not God from everlasting, we could not so devoutly love Him; we could not feel that He had any share in the eternal love which is the fountain of all covenant blessings; but since He was from all eternity with the Father, we trace the stream of divine love to Himself equally with His Father and the blessed Spirit. As our Lord always was, so also He is for evermore. Jesus is not dead; "He ever liveth to make intercession for us." Resort to Him in all your times of need, for He is waiting to bless you still. Moreover, Jesus our Lord ever shall be. If God should spare your life to fulfil your full day of threescore years and ten, you will find that His cleansing fountain is still opened, and His precious blood has not lost its power; you shall find that the Priest who filled the healing fount with His own blood, lives to purge you from all iniquity. When only your last battle remains to be fought, you shall find that the hand of your conquering Captain has not grown feeble-the living Saviour shall cheer the dying saint. When you enter heaven you shall find Him there bearing the dew of His youth; and through eternity the Lord Jesus shall still remain the perennial spring of joy, and life, and glory to His people. Living waters may you draw from this sacred well! Jesus always was, He always is, He always shall be. He is eternal in all His attributes, in all His offices, in all His might, and willingness to bless, comfort, guard, and crown His chosen people.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas

The Nativity
The Nativity

You can turn off the music on my sidebar.

The Story of Christ's Birth

Go Tell It On The Mountain

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Winter Wonderland

Once Upon a Winters Night by Michael Humphries
Once Upon a Winters Night

Today is the first day of winter.

Psalm 147:16-17 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He castest forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?

Winter Panorama

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Potpourri 3

Merry Christmas, Children with Deer
Merry Christmas, Children with Deer

I have found some more neat websites in a Christmas folder.

Abigail's Awesome Family Christmas Page

Christmas at a Christian Home

More Christmas Music

Music for the Christmas Season ~ Christmas Year 'Round

The Cyber Hymnal ~ Christmas

MIDI Files of Christmas Carols (Multilingual)

Unique Christmas Carol Midi files by DeLong Farms

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Another Christmas Potpourri

The Night Before Christmas by Thomas Kinkade
The Night Before Christmas

Here are some more Christmas links I'd like to share ~

Kelli at There is no place like home: Christmas Crafts ~ Homemade Gift Tags and Bags

Jodi at The Deputy Domain: Birthday Cake for Jesus Celebration

Continuous Christmas Music

Beka at More Love to Thee: All this for us Thy love hath done

Love Came Down at Christmas

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Moravian Traditions

Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Due to the high interest when I posted the Moravian hymn, Jesus Makes My Heart Rejoice, I thought I would share some more information about their traditions. Here is a schedule of what's happening this 2007 Christmas season in Old Salem. You can find the Moravian stars used for decorations in the Moravian Book and Gift shop. Those are lovely expensive stars, but the one at the bottom is very popular. I used to have a paper one we had to put together. Now I believe they even sell them at Wal-Mart.
You can see some pictures from a Christmas Eve Lovefeast here.
Members bring out coffee and Moravian buns to serve to the guests.
This member is handing out candles at the end of the Lovefeast. During the service, coffee and Moravian Buns are served to enjoy while listening to the music.
Go here to listen to this precious song, Morning Star, O Cheering Sight!, sung by children, at the Christmas Eve Lovefeasts. I just found another website with the song here. It is very impressive with all the lights held high. Christmas teas are also held in Old Salem.
Easter is another season where the Easter Sunrise Service attracts thousands of visitors.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

A Christmas Potpourri

Christmas Angel Carrying an Armful of Ornamental Foliage
Christmas Angel Carrying an Armful of Ornamental Foliage

Download some pretty Christmas wallpaper at Revive Our Hearts.

Kelli has a lovely new issue of Seasonal Delights magazine.

A homeschooling family produces a new movie ~ Noelle.

See Deby's post about all the "Holiday" advertising ~ Merry Tossmas.

Enjoy Margi Harrell playing The 12 Days of Christmas.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Christmas Joy

I just want to share with you a couple of wonderful Christmas links. At both of these sites, you will find a wealth of Christmas joy.

My friend, Barbara ~ 'Tis the Christmas Season, Holy Spirit inspired, at Barbara's Entourage!

And Peggy at Peggie's Place ~ A Top Ten Christmas at Peggie's Place.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

"O Little Town of Bethlehem"

Bethlehem..., out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be the ruler in Israel; Micah 5:2

Joseph Seeks Lodging at Bethlehem by James Tissot
Joseph Seeks Lodging at Bethlehem

O little town of Bethelehem, How still we see the 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.

Shepherds Watch Their Flocks Under the Light from a Distant Star near Bethlehem, Israel by Tom Nebbia
Shepherds Watch Their Flocks Under the Light from a Distant Star near Bethlehem, Israel

For Christ is born of Mary, And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondring love,
O morning stars, together Proclaim the Holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on earth.

Madonna and Child by Sano di Pietro
Madonna and Child

How silently, how silently The wondrous gift is giv'n!
So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heav'n.
No ear can hear His coming, But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still The dear Christ enters in.

Angels V by Wolfgang Otto
Angels V

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.

Text: Phillips Brooks
Music: Lewis H. Redner

You can listen to the music at Trinity Hymnal.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Meaning of Christmas

The First Christmas Gift

I loved this at Sharon's Keeper of the Home ~ Teach the Children

Here is another version with music ~ True Meaning of Christmas

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming

There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, Isaiah 11:1

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming As men of old have sung.
It came, a Flower bright, A mid the cold of winter,
When half gone was the night.

Heilige Nacht
Heilige Nacht

Isaiah 'twas foretold it, The Rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, The virgin mother kind.
To show God's love aright She bore to men a Savior,
When half gone was the night.

Nativity by Carle van Loo

This Flower, whose fragrance tender With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor The darkness everywhere.
True man, yet very God, From sin and death He saves us
And lightens every load.

A 16th century German carol ~ read about the authors here.
Also listen to the music.

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