Meditations on Three Advent Hymns

The season of Advent is a 4-week period of time in the Christian church calendar leading up to Christmas Day. It traditionally begins on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It is a time of anticipation as we think on the many prophecies of the Messiah found in the Old Testament and how the Israelites watched for…

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Surrendering to the Lord

Do you freely surrender yourself to the Lord as an act of worship? Expressing ourselves freely in worship probably takes place most often when we gather in church. There can be a strong sense of surrender when we gather to give praise and honor to the One who deserves all we have to give. Some…

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The Mission of Music

“Music, a gift we share with the angels, has the power to bypass rational thought and plunge us into unselfconscious innocence.” (Mike Mason, Champagne for the Soul) Many have said that music touches them in a profound way. As the poet writes: “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, soften rocks, or bend the…

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