Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Christ of Christmas


Christian recording artist and author of 101 Ways to Give This Christmas Away, Matthew West (http://matthewwest.com/), is offering a free download of the Christmas story from Luke read by the singer/songwriter himself.  Our goal is to reach 1 million total downloads. You can also download a free copy of the Gospel of John in the New Living Translation.  Visit http://www.thechristofchristmas.com/ (To download, scroll to the bottom and click on “Download the Christmas Story”).

Some ways this download is being used:
- Family time listening experience (hot cocoa, fire place, Christmas cheer)
- Christmas E-cards (include a link to the download in your Christmas card this year)
- Posting the link in the comments sections of other blogs you read to spread the word
- Embed the audio file into your Facebook page or website so it plays automatically
- Spread the Gospel though Twitter
- Send the link through a text message or through your smart phone so you can download the file and play it all around town

Please spread the word and help us reach a million people with the Gospel this year!  Let's pray that many will come to know CHRIST during this Christmas season.

Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family!  Peace and joy to the world...because of Him!

Let me repeat that again: Peace and joy to the world...because of Him.  Peace does not come from the condition of this world, nor the condition of our lives.  Joy does not come from receiving or giving perfect gifts, having a picture-perfect decorated house, or getting a bonus check from work, etc.  True peace and joy only come from Christ, our Savior!  I would like to share the poem below with those who have lost their loved ones (who were saved) and find it hard to embrace "peace" and "joy".  I hope and pray that the Lord will give you His peace and joy that comfort you in time of grief and sorrow.

                         Celebrating in Heaven


I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
With tiny light like Heaven’s stars reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular please wipe away that tear,
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.


I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas Choir up here.
I have no words to tell you of the joy their voices bring
For it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.


I know how much you miss me, and see the pain inside your heart
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
I can’t tell you of the splendor or the peace here in this place
Can you just imagine Christmas with our Savior face to face?


I’ll ask Him to lift your spirit as I tell Him of your love
So then pray for one another as you lift your eyes above.
Please let your hearts be joyful and let your spirit sing
For I am spending Christmas in Heaven and I am walking with the KING.

I don't know who wrote this poem; if anyone knows, please let me know so that I can give a proper credit.  You may also find this blog post comforting and helpful: http://bornagainandblessed.blogspot.com/2009/12/12-pearls-of-christmas-jesus-comforts.html .

~Please visit here for the links to other Spiritual Sundays posts. Thanks so much to Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays every week.

P.S. I'm hosting a book giveaway on my HSB blog. You can win a copy of 40 Loaves: Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day by C.D. Baker. The deadline is today at midnight (Pacific time). Hope you will stop by and enter:)! I am also hosting 12 Pearls of Christmas until Dec. 25th on this blog. Please come back everyday to read different inspiring and touching stories written by well-known Christian female authors (Melody Carlson, Tricia Goyer, Susan May Warren, Dawn Meehan, Maureen Lang, Mary deMuth, Holley Gerth, and more...) and leave a comment for a chance to win a pearl necklace. Scroll down to see what I have posted so far.

5 comments:

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

That reading is wonderful, but it kept cutting off when I listened to it. That is a great poem too.

Ginger said...

Wonderful poem! I posted this on my blog, but I still need to download it. I will do that tomarrow.
God Bless,
Ginger

Clif said...

Excellent post. I'm glad to see you are helping spread the word about the free downloads. I have this information on my blog also.

Charlotte said...

What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing it with us. The music is beautiful as well.
Blessings and Merry Christmas.
Charlotte

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