November 24, 2014

A Christmas Mix – Daily Bible Readings

Over the next several weeks, our daily Bible readings will be connected to a series of 5 playlists of Christmas music. Each passage read and corresponding song have been selected to celebrate the Advent Season by highlighting the expectation, preparation, proclamation, fulfillment, and anticipation every follower of Christ should experience and share as we rejoice in the birth of our Messiah.

To listen to these songs each day you have 3 options.

Option 1 – Spotify
You will need to create a FREE account on Spotify at https://www.spotify.com/us/signup/ or through Facebook. Once your account is created, you can listen to all of the songs on our Christmas Mix at http://fbclewisville.org/christmas-mix. You will not be able to listen to the songs through Spotify if you do not create a FREE Spotify account.

Option 2 – YouTube
Click on the following link to access our FBCL Christmas Mix YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL3nUd4XyA0NGzJ3Zo3mU4pFvowKiEsEX. It is possible that not all the songs and artists will be the same as what is noted in the daily devotions.

Option 3 – Your Musical Library
You can always locate the songs mentioned each day in your library of Christmas music at home, on iTunes, or even through a basic Google search of the song and artist.

From the moment I read the word “expectation” my pulse began to race, and I began to consider what adventure and wonder lie ahead! In thinking about the approaching Christmas holidays, the word “expectation” conjures up all kinds of fantastic thoughts and visions. By definition, expectation is a strong belief that something will happen in the near future. As we are only a few short days from December, let me ask you something. What is your EXPECTATION for Christmas this year?

During this week, as we begin to peer into this marvelous Advent season, let us and consider our sense of expectation and how we can prepare ourselves to focus our hearts and minds on its true meaning. After all, it’s the best time of the year!

A Christmas Mix – Playlist 1
Monday, November 24 - Sunday, November 30

O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Barlow Girl
It Came upon a Midnight Clear, The Honey Trees
Lo, how a Rose E’er Blooming, Sting
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Amy Grant
I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Bing Crosby
Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus, Christy Nockels

Isaiah 9:1-6
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
I love how this passage begins, “But there will be no more gloom.” These verses paint a beautiful picture to us, reminding us that we CAN expect something more, something greater! As you begin this special Thanksgiving week, take a moment to celebrate God’s remedy from gloom, as seen in the birth of the child mentioned in verse 9:6. Thank Almighty God for his perfect plan that rescued us from the gloom of life’s pressures and struggles, and has in turn given us an expectation for something wonderful that is to come! Listen to this great carol longing for the promised Messiah.