Advent: Hope

Today is the beginning is of Advent. Advent is a time for us to prepare for Christmas. It isn’t about shopping, baking, decorations or even preparing for the annual Christmas concert, play or cantata.

Advent is about what God did for us. It is about God’s Radical demonstration of love.

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 (NIV)

Humans were created by God to have a relationship him. Sadly, humans rebelled. It was God who took the initiative to bring restoration and healing to humans.

 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8 (NIV)

Christ came into a dark world so we might have hope.  A hope that endures even in the most difficult situations. A hope that isn’t based on our circumstances. A hope that gives purpose and meaning even when life seems pointless. A hope that is anchored in the past saving work of Christ, the ongoing strength for today and the promise of future reward.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

He is Risen

He is risen!

Christ is risen indeed.

Worthy is the Lamb/Hallelujah Chorus
performed by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Solo
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
And hath redeemed us to God by His blood
To receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
Wo-o-o-o-rthy
And hath redeemed us to God by His blood

Men
Blessing honour glory and power be unto Him be unto Him
That seated upon the throne
And to the Lamb

All
Blessing honour glory and power be unto Him be unto Him
That seated upon the throne

Men
O That seated upon the throne

All
That seated upon the throne

Men
Blessing honour glory and power be unto

All
The Lamb

Solo
Ha

All
Blessing and honour

Solo
Lelujah

All
Blessing honour and power

Solo
Ha aaaaaaaaaa

All
Wisdom and strength and glory

Solo
Lelujah

All
Hallelujah Hallelu
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah [2x]

Male
For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Halle halle
Hallelujah

For the Lord God omnipotent r-e-i-gneth
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, halle – e- e- lujah

The kingdom of our Lord
And of his Christ [X2]
And He shall reign for ever and ever [2X]

Solo
King of Kings

All
for ever and ever, hallelujah hallelujah

Solo
and Lord of Lords

All
For ever and ever

Solo
King of Kings

All
For ever and ever, hallelujah hallelujah

Solo
Lord of Lords

All
For ever and ever
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Solo
King of Kings

All
For ever and ever,

Solo
Lord of Lords

All
For ever and ever
Hallelujah
Halle – lu jah
Halle
Hallelujah

Halle
Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Halle-e-e-lujah

Halle
Hallelujah
Halle [X3]

Halle
Hallelujah

Halle
Lujah

Hallelujah

Halle
Hallelujah [3X]
Lujah
Hallelujah

Halle
Hallelujah [3X]

Halle
Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh
Lu
Jah

WORTHY IS THE LAMB/HALLELUJAH CHORUS
Solo
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
And hath redeemed us to God by His blood
To receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
Wo-o-o-o-rthy
And hath redeemed us to God by His blood

Male
Blessing honour glory and power be unto Him be unto Him
That seated upon the throne
And to the Lamb
All:
Blessing honour glory and power be unto Him be unto Him
That seated upon the throne
Men
O That seated upon the throne
All
That seated upon the throne
Male
Blessing honour glory and power be unto
All
The Lamb
Solo: Ha
All: Blessing and honour
Solo: Lelujah
All: Blessing honour and power
Solo: Ha aaaaaaaaaa
All: Wisdom and strength and glory
Solo: Lelujah
All; Hallelujah Hallelu
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah [2x]

Male: For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Halle halle
Hallelujah
For the Lord God omnipotent r-e-i-gneth
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, halle – e- e- lujah
The kingdom of our Lord
And of his Christ [X2]
And He shall reign for ever and ever [2X]

Solo: King of Kings
All: for ever and ever, hallelujah hallelujah
Solo: and Lord of Lords
All: For ever and ever
Solo: King of Kings
All: For ever and ever, hallelujah hallelujah
Solo: Lord of Lords
All: For ever and ever
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Solo: King of Kings
All:For ever and ever,
Solo: Lord of Lords
All: For ever and ever
Hallelujah
Halle – lu jah

Halle
Hallelujah
Halle
Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Halle-e-e-lujah

Halle
Hallelujah
Halle
X3

Halle

Hallelujah
Halle
Lujah

Hallelujah

Halle
Hallelujah
3X
Lujah
Hallelujah

Halle
Hallelujah
3X

Halle
Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh
Lu
WORTHY IS THE LAMB/HALLELUJAH CHORUS

Solo

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

And hath redeemed us to God by His blood

To receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

Wo-o-o-o-rthy

And hath redeemed us to God by His blood

 

Male

Blessing honour glory and power be unto Him be unto Him

That seated upon the throne

And to the Lamb

All:

Blessing honour glory and power be unto Him be unto Him

That seated upon the throne

Men

O That seated upon the throne

All

That seated upon the throne

Male

Blessing honour glory and power be unto

All

The Lamb

Solo: Ha

All: Blessing and honour

Solo: Lelujah

All: Blessing honour and power

Solo: Ha aaaaaaaaaa

All: Wisdom and strength and glory

Solo: Lelujah

All; Hallelujah Hallelu

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah [2x]

 

Male: For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Halle halle

Hallelujah

For the Lord God omnipotent r-e-i-gneth

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, halle – e- e- lujah

The kingdom of our Lord

And of his Christ [X2]

And He shall reign for ever and ever [2X]

 

Solo: King of Kings

All: for ever and ever, hallelujah hallelujah

Solo: and Lord of Lords

All: For ever and ever

Solo: King of Kings

All: For ever and ever, hallelujah hallelujah

Solo: Lord of Lords

All: For ever and ever

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Solo: King of Kings

All:For ever and ever,

Solo: Lord of Lords

All: For ever and ever

Hallelujah

Halle – lu jah

 

Halle

Hallelujah

Halle

Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Halle-e-e-lujah

 

Halle

Hallelujah

Halle

X3

 

Halle

 

Hallelujah

Halle

Lujah

 

Hallelujah

 

Halle

Hallelujah

3X

Lujah

Hallelujah

 

Halle

Hallelujah

3X

 

Halle

Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh

Lu

Jah

 

Jah

Ultimate Expression of Love

Christ demonstrated the ultimate expression of love for us.

33 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 34 Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

35 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. 36 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. “Wait!” he said. “Let’s see whether Elijah comes to take him down!”

37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Mark 15:33-38 (NLT)

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

by Issac Watts and Lowell Mason
Preformed by Gaither Homecoming Featuring David Phelps

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,I sacrifice them to his blood.

See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,or thorns compose so rich a crown.

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

Behold the Lamb of God

29The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” John 1:29-34 (ESV)

Behold the Lamb of God

Written and Performed by Andrew Peterson

Behold, the Lamb of God
Who takes away our sin
Behold the Lamb of God
The life and light of men
Behold the Lamb of God
Who died and rose again
Behold the Lamb of God who comes
To take away our sin

Broken hearts–behold our broken hearts
Fallen far–we need you
Behold the Lamb of God

Chorus

Son of God–Emmanuel
Son of Man–we need you
Behold the Lamb
The hope of man
Behold the Lamb of God

How Many Kings

Luke describes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. The attitude of the crowd on Sunday is quite different from what it will be on Friday. Jesus is greeted with praise and honor. On Friday, the cheers have turned to jeers and cursing.  As I was reading through Luke I am reminded that none of this took Jesus by surprise. That Sunday as he was entering Jerusalem he what was going to happen on Friday. Jesus knew his purpose for coming.

How Many Kings by Downhere

Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe, after all we’ve projected,
A child in a manger?
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl –
Just a child –
Is this who we’ve waited for? ’cause…

How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Bringing our gifts for the newborn Savior
All that we have, whether costly or meek
Because we believe.
Gold for his honor, and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he will suffer
Do you believe?
Is this who we’ve waited for?

All for me…
All for you…

Bunnies & Easter

It is  easy to get caught up with the things associated with the Easter like new clothes, Easter Bunnies, even getting ready for the one of the biggest church services of the year. We can lose focus of the meaning of Easter.

The origin of the Easter bunny is not Christian nor does it have anything to do with the Christian observance of the resurrection of Christ. The Rabbit and eggs were a symbol of symbol of fertility and spring time. The rabbit was a symbol of the pagan festival of the goddess Eastre. The rabbit was her symbol. (1) In Egypt and Persia eggs were given in honor of the start of spring. (2) Christians incorporated the pagan tradition of coloring eggs into the Christian observance of Easter. The earliest mention of the Bunny in connection with Easter is in Germany in the 1500’s. The Easter bunny was introduced in the untied states in the 1700’s by German settlers. (3) By the 19th century Easter baskets and chocolate were used in the United States, however Easter was not widely celebrated until after the Civil War. (4) I have nothing against Easter bunnies especially the chocolate ones but they have nothing to do with the.

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us performed by Skillet

Notes:

  1. Jerry Wilson, Easter Traditions
  2. Marian Murdoch, History of the Easter Bunny
  3. AustrialianMedia.com, Easter Bunny History
  4. Murdoch.

Holy Week — Monday

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 (NLT)

And Can It Be That I Should Gain?
By Charles Wesley & Thomas Campbell
Preformed by the Gaithers and Friends

And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain
for me, who caused his bitter death?
Amazing love! How can it be
that you, my Lord, should die for me?

Refrain:
Amazing love! How can it be
that you, my Lord, should die for me?!

No condemnation now I dread,
for Christ, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach the eternal throne
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.

Refrain