The Carols of Christmas

The First Noel MERRY CHRISTMAS DAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS! Today is the day we remember the birthday of Jesus, the first noel. Did you know that one definition of Noel is “birthday” originating from a French/Latin word?  So when we sing The First Noel we are singing “The First Birthday” of Jesus. LET’S TALK This…

The Carols of Christmas

Silent Night “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht. Alles schläft einsam wacht… “ These are the first lines of the original Silent Night, written and sung in the German language. Believe it or not, I remember this carol being sung in German at my grandparent’s home church in New Sarepta, Alberta. LET’S TALK This carol was first…

The Carols of Christmas

Joy to the World One of my fondest memories of Christmas growing up is singing carols. As much as I like contemporary Christian music, I still cling to the songs of Advent. To me, they are timeless. So leading up to Christmas, I’ll be blogging about some of the backstories of these Yuletide hymns. LET’S…

Surviving the Season

Somehow the “happiest time of year” has become the most “stressful time of year.” With all the demands and expectations just mentioning the word “Christmas” can tense us up. It shouldn’t be that way! Honestly, when we attempt to redecorate the entire house, send meaningful hand-written correspondence to our full contact list, make fiddly cookies…

Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas! May you experience the gift of grace, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love today and always.

The Love of Christmas

What the world needs now is love, sweet, love! That’s very true! The Bible says that every law can be summed up on one simple command – Love! (see Galatians 5:14). Even secular psychologists acknowledge our desperate need for love. William Glasser concluded that “From birth to old age, we need to love and be…

The Joy of Christmas

They say the three phrases that best sum up the Christmas season are “Peace on Earth”, “Goodwill to men” and “Charge it!” This year our holiday spending as Americans is expected to exceed 1 trillion dollars! The sad thing is, some people are still paying off the debt from last Christmas. Too many have fallen…

The Peace of Christmas

“Peace on Earth” is a phrase that seems to pop up everywhere at Christmas. Sadly, our world is far from being at peace.  Even personally, many of us struggle to find true peace with the challenges and disappointment we face. Last week I blogged about the first candle of Advent which represents hope. Peace is…

The Hope of Christmas

Merry Christmas! It’s not too early to say that, is it? This coming Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. Truthfully, the liturgy of Advent has never been a big deal for me. I think I have missed out. Advent can help us get beyond all the peripheries of the Christmas Season and focus on…