Dec. 4 – A Christmas Tune…

December 4

 You Gotta Get up (Christmas Song) (right-click on the file for download)

One of my all time favorites.  Rich Mullins created some wonderful music, the most notable being “Awesome God”.  I had the chance during my early days of college to see Rich perform before a small audience in Jackson, TN.  A barefoot servant of the Lord took the stage.  While singing I found myself involved in Worship!  I do not think it would be a far stretch to say that Mullins did for Worship music in the 80’s and 90’s the same as Chris Tomlin has today.  In this song “You Gotta Get Up” we hear a whimsical very child like Mullins.

For centuries individuals have been reading the proclamations and prophecies of the Old Testament.  Then they have found themselves celebrating the birth of that babe in a manger.  Because of that baby born in Bethlehem there is now peace on earth and goodwill towards men.

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Dec. 3 – A Christmas Tune…

Dec. 3

 Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain (right-click on the file for download)

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands. They said with a loud voice: The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing! Revelation 5:11-12 (HCSB)

The lamb is WORTHY and when we realize that should sing HALLELUJAH!

Back in the mid-80’s when this album was produced and released I remember thinking…”Yes Christmas music with an edge!”  It was not the typical singing of Handel’s Messiah and I liked it!  Sure I am dating myself just a bit, but as a young teen this was a great cassette tape to receive.

The song that I choose off the album (I could have done all of them!) is titled “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain/Hallelujah!”  Take the voices of Twila Paris & the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir featuring Sandi Patti, Steve Green, Michael English, Larnelle Harris & Wayne Watson…you have just a great reminder of how GREAT IS OUR LORD!

This Christmas season make sure you speak boldly and loudly…”Worthy is the Lamb that was slain – HALLELUJAH!

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Dec. 2 – A Christmas Tune…

December 2

 I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (right-click on the file for download)

Ok so I did it!  Come on you know that when you first heard this song you were…WHAT?  You can not help but smile! This is what makes Christmas Tunes fun!  Think about it…what was the craziest thing that you ever asked for? For the smallest of child this is Christmas!  Let me ask for it and it is mine! That is how it works right?

Think for just a minute about the true meaning of Christmas.  All we have to do is accept the gift from God the Father and then we will have all we need.  For many of people, even Americans, when they hear Christmas Tunes they may not be thinking about the true meaning of the season.  It is just a time of year to hear silly tunes and receive gifts.

This year take the time to share the greatest gift of all!  Jesus!

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Dec. 1 – A Christmas Tune…

A repost from 2yrs ago – December 1, 2011

This Christmas I Spend With You (right-click on the file for download)

I have been looking forward to sharing these songs with you for quite some time.

I love Christmas, as well as, I simply enjoy the tunes of Christmas!  So as a way to pass along my weird listening taste from yester-year, and today. I look forward to sharing these tunes with you!

So how will this be done?  I will offer you one song per day from Dec 1-25, and give you the option of either just listening to the songs on this blog, downloading them as they come, or waiting til the 25th and downloading the entire compilation.

So on with today’s choice! Robert Goulet, “This Christmas I Spend With You.” is the title song from his 1963 LP “This Christmas I Spend With You”. Why this song? I recall hearing this song a couple years ago.  Call me weird, but I like the tone, style and voice.  The words caused me to reflect on Christmas’s past!

Who do you look forward to spending Christmas with?

Turn up the gas feed on that fire and let it roar, baby. It’s Christmas time!

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Nov. 10 – 30 Days of Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for lazy fall days. It may sound silly, but I am thankful for down time. Today started with being the only awake in the house and a cup of coffee. I knew that it was going to be a good day.

Then the day progressed. Mary and the kids got up, we got ready and off to church we went. The worship hour was from Eph. 2 and the music was a perfect fit. We had lunch with friends then headed home to watch football.

It has been a good end to a busy weekend. Tomorrow as we observe Veteran’s day, take time to say thanks for the men and women that have served on our behalf.

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Nov. 9 – 30 Days of Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for relationships. Not friendships, that will be a post for another date. Rather relationships that as a Pastor I have had the chance to watch grow and change over the years.

Today I will stand with a bride and groom. The bride I’ve known all her life. I have watched her attend preschool, VBS, camps (both children and youth) as well as observed via social media her college and dating years. Long lasting tenures in the ministry of a local church provides these relationships.

I’m often humbled to know that The Lord is using me and continues to use me in the life journeys of so many families. There are the celebrations of graduations, weddings and the birth of children. Then of course with the celebrations come the difficult days of death coupled with the celebration of a homecoming.

So as I stand before this bride and her family today a journey will continue and a relationship will hit another milestone. While this may be the up-teenth time to stand with a family, it is not just routine. It is a very thankful moment.

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Nov. 8 – 30 Days of Thanksgiving

9239_10152022550955407_1696389061_nIt may sound odd, but today I am thankful for a long drive and time in the car.  Here lately Mary and I have spent some great time traveling and having good conversations in the car. During the month of October we traveled to Orlando and to Chattanooga twice and today we will be going to Birmingham.

Once the kids are settled with their distractions – movies, music, iPods etc…we get to talk.  We cover a wide range of topics, from schedules, activities, children and anything that comes to mind.

It is simply a good to spend time with her and talk to my best friend! So here we go – on the road again!

Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

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