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Archive for December 24th, 2014

A Month from Matthew – 24

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and

shall show great signs and wonders;

insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  24.24

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HE WAS OUTSIDE (23rd card)

He was born outside the warmth of

His heavenly home.

He was born outside the INN doors,

Born where cattle roam.

 

He was born outside the house in Nazareth,

Where He’d later play.

He was born outside, outside it all,

On that Special Day.

 

He was run outside of Judah’s boundaries

When a child.

He was found outside the clan circle;

Giving answers mild.

 

He fed them outside, five thousand plus;

After He preached the Word.

He was oft outside, outside,

Till the poorest sinner heard.

 

He was lead outside

Old Jerusalem to be killed.

He was left outside the city walls;

Because it was willed.

 

He thus died outside, for all our sins;

He had none of His own.

He died SO outside, outside,

The human race He had sown.

 

He is now inside, inside my life

And there to stay.

He is now inside, our glad heart door –

Christmas every day.

 

He is now inside, of every saint,

In all the world around.

He’s forever inside,

BECAUSE outside He then was found!

– eab, Dec. ’88

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Your Presence, Lord,

surpasses all Presents –

past, future, and Present!

– eab, 3/5/11

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EVERGREEN

Its symmetrical shape points toward the sky

Like no other.

And that could be one reason why,

We would rather,

Use it for our Christmas-time tree.

It points toward God, you see.

 

Its needles are always the same color

The year ’round.

Not affected by the changing weather.

It might be found,

That this would be good for you and me,

To be as changeless, as we could be.

 

It looks in March as it did in June.

Little age shows.

And its essence won’t be changing soon,

If no foes.

It’s an example to be seen free,

That gives us a glimpse of Eternity.  

– eab, Dec. ’65

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ON THIS DATE

James Montgomery published 12/24/1816, his now famous “Angels From the Realms of Glory.”  It was printed in the Sheffield Iris, the newspaper he edited for 31 years.  He was born to John Montgomery, a Moravian minister at Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland 11/4/1771. His parents died (when James was young) as missionaries to West Indies & he was a strong supported of missions. Twice while editing his paper he was imprisoned; once reprinting a song in commemoration of the fall of the Bastille & the second time for giving an account of a riot in Sheffield.  He died 4/30/1854.

 Verses omitted from many hymnals:

5. Sinners, wrung with true repentance, Doomed for guilt to endless pains, Justice now revokes the sentence, Mercy calls you; break your chains.

Refrain: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn king.

6. Though an Infant now we view Him, He shall fill His Father’s throne, Gather all the nations to Him; Every knee shall then bow down:

7. All creation, join in praising God, the Father, Spirit, Son, Evermore your voices raising To th’eternal Three in One.

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