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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The Lord Has Taken Away My Shame

Last week, the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias when he entered the holy of holies.  He was struck mute due to his disbelief.  When we last saw Zacharias he was rushing home, undoubtedly to tell Elisabeth. Imagine her surprise when he returned home and was unable to speak.  He must have quickly found a tablet to write out all that […]

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Zacharias and Elisabeth: They Were Good

In our series eyewitness to Christmas, we viewed the events of Christ birth from the view point of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and his earthly father, Joseph. But, there were many others that witnessed and lived these events.  This group included an older, mature couple that was related to Mary.   This couple gave birth to the forerunner of Christ […]

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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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