Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus

Last week, we took a look at the last mention of Joseph by name or reference.  This was when Jesus was twelve at the temple. The majority of what we know about the childhood of Jesus comes from the accounts found in Matthew and Luke.  The two books together provide the large picture we have of Jesus birth and childhood. […]

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Joseph, Searches for Jesus

Last week, Joseph fled with his family to Egypt before returning to Nazareth once it was safe to return. We are not told how old Jesus is when they returned, but he is still at the ages we consider a toddler or young child. The next mention we have of Jesus or his parents, is when Jesus is twelve years […]

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Behind the Christmas Song: We Three Kings

In honor of Epiphany, which we just celebrated, I thought We Three Kings would be a great song to take a closer look at. We Three Kings describes the journey of the Wise Men to see the baby Jesus.   The names of the kings, passed down through tradition are Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar.  The kings presented the Christ Child with […]

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Joseph, takes his family to Egypt

Last week, we looked at the parents of Jesus taking him to the temple where Simeon blesses God. Matthew picks up the story of Jesus and his parents.  The Wise Men have just departed from their visit.  The Magi or Wise Men originally went to King Herod in search of “King of the Jews”. King Herod is greatly troubled and […]

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Joseph, takes Jesus to the Temple

Joseph witnessed the birth of Jesus and saw the magnificence of the angels and shepherds arriving to worship the Christ child. The next mention we have is of the parents taking the child to the temple. Luke 2:27, “and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning him after the custom of the law” The […]

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Merry Christmas

Enjoy two of my favorite Contemporary Christmas songs about Jesus below.  Merry Christmas!  

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For Unto Us a Child is Born

 

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The Twelve Months of Christmas by Barbara Sybil

  This beautiful poem was written by my friend, Barbara Sybil.  She reminds us to keep the Spirit of Christmas around the year.  Thank you for sharing with us, Barbara!   The Twelve Months of Christmas by Barbara Sybil With Christmas being celebrated in December, I am reminded of Christ’s birth, and that He was born to save the world. When […]

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The Joy of Family

Today we will have the Christmas party for our residents.  The day will be full of good food, music, presents and a visit from Santa. However, the best part of the party isn’t just for our residents, but also for their family members. After all, Christmas is all about family. Sometimes it isn’t easy spending time with family, whether it […]

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Joseph, Witnesses the Birth of Jesus

Last week, we discussed the angel appearing to Joseph and he was obedient to take Mary as his wife. We now switch over to the book of Luke for the next part of the story. Luke 2 says , “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which […]

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Behind the Christmas Song: Sweet Little Jesus Boy

Sweet Little Jesus Boy finds it’s roots in the African-American spirituals. The song was written by Robert MacGimsey. According to legend, MacGimsey left the midnight Christmas Eve service he’d been attending that cold night in 1932’s New York City.  Walking the final blocks to his one room apartment, he passed the open doors of a private club.  Glancing inside he […]

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Finding Joy in Christmas

At work we had seven trees to put up this year.  Decorating a nursing home is no simple task and I am thankful I don’t have to decorate alone.  I have volunteers that come in and help cut the decorating time in half. This year the entire process from pulling everything out of storage to decorating to returning the boxes […]

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Joseph, the Obedient

Last week we discovered how righteous of a man Joseph was.  He decided that he would quietly put Mary away privately. However, God had a different plan he was about to reveal to Joseph. In Matthew 1:20  “ But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son […]

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Behind the Christmas Song: O Come O Come Emmanuel

The words and music of “O Come O Come Emmanuel” developed separately. The original text, which was in Latin, was first documented in 1710 in Germany. The tune has it’s origins in 15th Century France. In the early church something called O Anitphons were used. An antiphon is a response by the choir or congregation and used in the form […]

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Joseph, the Righteous

Last week, we were introduced to Joseph, the husband of Mary. We know that Joseph was betrothed to Mary when the spirit came upon her and she was with child. Matthew 1:18-25 tells us the story of Mary, Joseph and the conception of Jesus. So, what are we told? 18  When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before […]

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Behind the Christmas Song: What Child Is This?

What Child is This? was written by William Chatterton Dix in 1865 in England. Dix worked as a manager for an insurance company before being afflicted with a severe illness that left him bedridden and severely depressed. This near death experience brought about a spiritual renewal in him while he was recovering. During his recovery he would read the Bible […]

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Who is Joseph, the earthly Father of Jesus?

Last Christmas, we studied Mary, the Mother of Jesus. So in the spirit of Christmas, it only seemed natural to take a look at Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus.  For the next eight weeks we will explore what scripture tells us about Joseph. The only information we know about Joseph comes from three of the four gospels.  Joseph is […]

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Behind the Christmas Carol: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear was a Christmas poem written by Edmund Sears. This is a Christmas Carol that doesn’t focus on the holy family, but the song of the angels. Luke 2:14 says the angels said “Peace on the Earth, good will to men.” Edmund Hamilton Sears was born in 1810. He earned a degree from Harvard Divinity […]

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