Christmas in the Air: Sounds of Christmas

This year has been unique all by itself and as I thought about ways to celebrate the Christmas season I decided we will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year using our senses. We will explore Christmas through the sights, sounds, smells, taste, feelings, words, and traditions of the season. How we celebrate each of these may vary depending […]

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Song Story: More than Wonderful

More Than Wonderful is a well known duet by Sandy Patti and Larnelle Harris. They first released the song in 1983 and the following year won Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group. The song was written by Lanny Wolfe. He was born in 1942 Ohio and is an Aemrican Christian songwriter, musician, music publisher, and music educator. He […]

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The Apostles: Cleopas

The earlier Christian writer Hegesippus wrote that based on interview he conducted, Cleopas to be the brother of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. The name Cleopas means “glory to the father”. The only mention of him is found at the end of Luke. Cleopas and another unnamed man are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus when a newly resurrected Jesus […]

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The Apostles: Barnabas

Barnabas accompanied Paul on his earlier missionary journey’s. The name Barnabas means son of encouragement or son of consolation. According to Acts 4:36 his other name was Joseph and he was a Jew from the Levite clan and originated from Cyprus. We are told a little about his character in the scriptures. “He was a good man, full of the […]

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Hymn Story: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Henry Jackson Van Dyke was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 10, 1852. He attended Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Berlin. Van Dyke served as pastor of Brick Presbyterian Church for seventeen years {1883-1900}, in Manhattan, before becoming a professor of English literature at Princeton University. He was greatly respected and sought out both as a […]

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The Apostles: John Mark

John Mark is mentioned in Acts as accompanying Paul and Barnabas on their missionary journey’s. We are often told that John whose other name is Mark. One of these names is his Hebrew name and the other would be his Roman name.  We see time and again where they have two names such as Simon Peter. The name John means […]

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Hymn Story: I’ll Fly Away

I’ll Fly Away was written by Albert E. Brumley in 1929. The song was influenced by the 1924 secular ballad, “The Prisoner’s Song”. Brumley was reportedly picking cotton on his father’s farm in Rock Island, Oklahoma. Brumley says that as he worked he was “humming the old ballad that went like this: ‘If I had the wings of an angel, […]

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The Apostles: Silas

Silas served as a leading member of the Early Christian church. He accompanied Paul on his first and second missionary journeys and preached alongside Paul and Timothy. {2 Corinthians 1:19} The name Silas means man of the forest and many historians believe his name originates from the Roman name Silvanus. We first meet Silas when he’s chosen to travel with […]

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Hymn Story: Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Imagine standing at the foot of Jesus cross with his mother, Mary Magdalene, the other women and the apostle John. Beneath the Cross of Jesus gives us insight to this time and place. The song was written by Elizabeth Clephane, who also wrote The Ninety and Nine. Elizabeth Clephane lost her parents at a young age and struggled with her […]

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Names of God: Eloah

Eloah means mighty, powerful One.                 I say it again—no god of any nation or kingdom has ever yet been able to rescue his people from me or my ancestors. How much less will your God rescue you from my power!”  2 Chronicles 32:15

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The Apostles: Timothy

Timothy served as a protégé to his mentor, Paul. The name Timothy means honouring God or honoured by God. He was born in Lystra to a Greek father and Jewish, follower of Christ, mother. “Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believerbut whose father was a Greek.”   […]

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Hymn Story: O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing was one of the more than six thousand hymns that was written by Charles Wesley. In May 1738, Charles Wesley was suffering from pleurisy, while studying with his brother, John, in London. During this time he was plagued with extreme doubts regarding his faith. After taking to his bed, he attended a Bible […]

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