Poems and Bible Verses
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Good Tidings of Great Joy!
Suggested gifts from you to God

Christmas gift
from God to you
Beastly testimonials

Bells and Cannons!

Good Tidings of Great Joy!

Winds through the olive trees
Softly did blow,
Round little Bethlehem
Long, long ago.

Sheep on the hillside lay
Whiter than snow;
Shepherds were watching them,
Long, long ago.

Then from the happy sky,
Angels bent low,
Singing their songs of joy,
Long, long ago.

For in a manger's hay,
Cradled we know,
Christ came to Bethlehem,
Long, long ago.
"Long, Long Ago" by anonymous


The angel said to the shepherds,
"Do not be afraid.

I bring you good tidings of great joy to all people!

There is born to you this day in the city of David
A Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

This will be the sign to you:
You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, Lying in a manger."

Suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God and saying:

"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace,
goodwill toward men!"
Luke 2.10-14

Suggested gifts for that *Special Person* who has everything

What can I give Him
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would give Him a lamb.

If I were a wise man,
I would do my part.
But what can I give Him?
I will give Him my heart.

"My Gift" by Christina Rossetti


I beseech you therefore, brethren,
By the mercies of God,
That ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
Holy, acceptable unto God,
Which is your reasonable service.

Rom 12.1

Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God,
That is, the fruit of our lips,
Giving thanks to His name.

Heb 13.15b

Christmas Gift

For God


The greatest lover

 so loved


The greatest degree 

the world


The greatest group

that He gave


the greatest sacrifice

His only begotten Son

the greatest gift

that whosoever


the greatest opportunity



the greatest simplicity

in Him


the greatest attaction

shall not perish


the greatest promise



the greatest difference



the greatest certainty

everlasting life


the greatest possession!

For God so loved the world
He gave His only begotten Son
whosoever believes in Him
shall not perish

but have...
everlasting life.
John 3.16

Beastly Testimonials

Jesus our Savior, kind and good,
Was humbly born in a stable rude;
The friendly beasts around Him stood,
Jesus our Savior, kind and good.

“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
“I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town.
I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

“I,” said the cow, all white and red,
“I gave Him my manger for His bed;
I gave Him my hay to pillow His head.
I,“ said the cow, all white and red.
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“I,” said the sheep with the curly horn,
“I gave Him my wool for a blanket warm.
He wore my coat on Christmas morn.
I,“ said the sheep with the curly horn.

“I,” said the dove from the rafters high,
“I cooed Him to sleep so He would not cry,
I cooed Him to sleep my mate and I.
I,” said the dove from the rafters high.

And every beast, by some good spell,
In the stable dark was glad to tell,
Of the gift he gave
The gift he gave Immanuel.
“The Friendly Beasts” from an old carol from France


Immanuel is a Hebrew word meaning "God with us"...

  • Immanuel is a title of Lord Jesus because, by virtue of His birth in Bethlehem, He was God manifested in the flesh -- God WITH us!
  • Jesus was first called Immanuel in Isa 7.14, a prophecy of the virgin birth of our Lord and Savior.
  • The prophecy in Isa 7.14 was given more than 700 years before Christ's birth! (ref Mt 1.22-23)
  • Have you received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? (ref Rom 10.9-10)
  • If so, then Jesus is YOUR Immanuel. Jesus is and always shall be -- God with YOU!

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isa 7.14b

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness...

  • God was manifested in the flesh!
  • Justified in the Spirit,
  • Seen by angels,
  • Preached among the Gentiles,
  • Believed on in the world,
  • Received up in glory. 1 Tim 3.16

Christmas 2001 -- Bells and Cannons!

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Till, ringing, singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good will to men!


It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
There is no peace on earth,” I said;
For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men!“

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men!“
“Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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