Behind the Christmas Carol: Carol of the Bells

Carol of the Bells is another popular Christmas Carol, but actually began as a New Year’s song. The song was composed by  Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914.  He was approached by the Conductor of the Ukrainian Republic Choir Oleksander Koshyts to create a song based on traditional Ukranian folk chants. The original folk song was written in a pre-Christian […]

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!!! Here are a few pictures and a video to help you enjoy the holiday.  While we enjoy the fun part of Christmas, let’s never forget the true reason for the season.  The birth of Jesus Christ.  He was born, so that he could die for our sins and offer us eternal life with him.         […]

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Behind the Christmas Carol: I Saw Three Ships

I Saw Three Ships is a traditional English folk song. The song was written by wandering minstrels as they traveled throughout the country during the middle ages. “In the original version of the carol, the Three Ships were the ones taking the supposed skulls of the wise men to Cologne cathedral in Germany.” Over the course of time the lyrics, […]

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The Angels view of Christmas: Fear Not

The angel has appeared twice already to Zacharias and Mary, but He is about to appear a third time.  This time to Joseph, who is engaged to Mary. Imagine Joseph’s shock and hurt when Mary told him she was expecting.  Scripture tells us that he was trying to decide what to do with her and to put her away quietly. […]

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Behind the Christmas Carol: The Coventry Carol

The Coventry Carol is an English Christmas Carol that dates back to the 16th century. The carol was traditionally performed in Coventry as part of the mystery play The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors in England.  The play depicts the Christmas story found in the Gospel of Matthew. “The carol is the second of three songs included in the […]

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Zacharias and Elisabeth: Zacharias Praises God

Last week, we witnessed the birth of John the Baptist.  Everyone that was present was filled with fear and wonder at the work of God, even when they did not understand what He was doing. Zacharias and Elisabeth have named their child John.  With this announcement, Zacharias was finally able to speak.  Upon being able to speak, the first thing […]

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Joseph

For Christmas, I thought I would share a poem about Joseph, Jesus earthly father, that I wrote several years ago.   Joseph There is so little that we know about you Just that you were a simple carpenter Taking a young wife To make a life of you own   Then she surprised you with the news of a babe […]

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Joseph: A Poem

I thought I would share a poem I wrote several years ago about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus.   Merry Christmas!!!   Joseph   There is so little that we know about you Just that you were a simple carpenter Taking a young wife To make a life of you own   Then she surprised you with the news of […]

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Zacharias and Elisabeth: The Lord Was Good

Last week, Mary arrived to visit with Elisabeth and Zacharias.  When Mary arrived, Elisabeth was filled with the holy spirit.  The child within her began to leap for joy when Mary arrived. We know that Mary stayed for several months.  It is possible {although we are not told} that she may have been present at the birth of John the […]

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