Merry Christmas! Excerpt from Spurgeon

Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all having a very merry Christmas! Below is from today’s reading of Spurgeon’s daily devotion. It blessed me this morning as I rejoice in what the Lord has done. What love is this? While I was yet a sinner Christ died for me! Wretched, wicked, disobedient and ever wondering further and further, yet still in my hopeless state God the Son became man, bore the wrath saved up for me, died in my place, rose again, and ever lives to make intercession for His children. WOW! Praise God! Merry Christmas, beloved, as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

“Partakers of the divine nature.”

To be a partaker of the divine nature is not, of course, to become God. That cannot be. The essence of Deity is not to be participated in by the creature. Between the creature and the Creator there must ever be a gulf fixed in respect of essence; but as the first man Adam was made in the image of God, so we, by the renewal of the Holy Spirit, are in a yet diviner sense made in the image of the Most High, and are partakers of the divine nature. We are, by grace, made like God. “God is love”; we become love–“He that loveth is born of God.” God is truth; we become true, and we love that which is true: God is good, and he makes us good by his grace, so that we become the pure in heart who shall see God. Moreover, we become partakers of the divine nature in even a higher sense than this–in fact, in as lofty a sense as can be conceived, short of our being absolutely divine. Do we not become members of the body of the divine person of Christ? Yes, the same blood which flows in the head flows in the hand: and the same life which quickens Christ quickens his people, for “Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Nay, as if this were not enough, we are married unto Christ. He hath betrothed us unto himself in righteousness and in faithfulness, and he who is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Oh! marvellous mystery! we look into it, but who shall understand it? One with Jesus–so one with him that the branch is not more one with the vine than we are a part of the Lord, our Saviour, and our Redeemer! While we rejoice in this, let us remember that those who are made partakers of the divine nature will manifest their high and holy relationship in their intercourse with others, and make it evident by their daily walk and conversation that they have escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. O for more divine holiness of life!

A Very Cliche Christmas Hymn

I know, I know, I usually dig deep into the varied hymnal books of the past and find the most random song to share with you. I find that I have become predictable in this Sunday post. So, I’m throwing you all a curveball, and picking a very cliche Christmas hymn, Silent Night. When I was little everything was chaotic, there was no stability in our home. But one thing that was always a source of comfort was the Christmas tree. My mom would let us drown that thing in tinsel without hesitation, and I would sleep on the couch each night falling asleep to the glittering tree and Silent Night.

This song was all the theology my little heart had, but it was enough to convince my childlike mind that God was real and Jesus had come to earth all those years ago. Even as a false convert, I later sang this hymn to Kayliegh as if it were a lullaby. This is the last Christmas hymn I’ll be sharing this year. We’re heading into 2020, can you believe that? I hope this is a blessing to you all as it is to me. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Silent night! Holy night! 
All is calm, all is bright 
’round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild, 
sleep in heavenly peace, 
sleep in heavenly peace. 

Silent night! Holy night! 
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar,
heav’nly hosts sing alleluia;
Christ, the Savior, is born! 
Christ, the Savior, is born! 

Silent night! Holy night! 
Son of God, love’s pure light,
radiant beams from thy holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, 
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Silent night! Holy night!
wondrous star, lend thy light;
with the angels let us sing
alleluias to our King;
Christ, the Savior, is born!
Christ, the Savior, is born!

Christmas Hymns – Hail, Thou Long Expected Jesus

The modern version of this Charles Wesley hymn is titled Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, but I like the old version better. When I consider that God the Son condescended to become man, to live here on earth among His own creation, my mind feels like it’s being stretched too far. I can’t comprehend this type of love. We went to a Christmas town yesterday, a cold front moved in and it was way colder then expected. Wind chills at -11. I hate being uncomfortable, even for the few minutes we stood outside to watch the parade. Christ left the glories of heaven, He entered His creation, He lived a perfect life, He died an excruciatingly painful death having our sins poured out on Him by the Father. All of this willingly, all of this for wretches like me. What love is this, that while I was yet a sinner Christ died for me? This is why we celebrate the incarnation, the greatest gift ever given.

Hail, thou long expected Jesus, 
Born to set thy people free! 
From our sins and fears release us. 
Let us find our rest in thee. 

Israel’s strength and consolation, 
Hope of all the saints, thou art 
Long desir’d of every nation, 
Joy of every waiting heart. 

Born thy people to deliver. 
Born a child, yet God our King, 
Born to reign in us for ever. 
Now thy gracious kingdom bring.

Christmas Extravaganza with Special Guest

Today, dear ones, we’re happy to have dropped our Christmas Special with Kayliegh as our guest. In this episode we discuss in detail where we stand on whether or not Christians should celebrate Christmas. We also touch on the history of the holiday. Kayliegh shares what parents can do to help their children focus more on giving, and to give us some tips on toys to avoid. She joins us for the Shenanigans at the end as well.

In this episode we mentioned several things we want to link to. At the beginning of the episode we thanked you all for being such a blessing to Iris and Jessica, and ask for your prayers for Amanda. Amanda is a sister-in-Christ who needs a kidney, and her and her husband are using social media to find a donor. You can find her instagram account here, his account here, and her website here. We also mentioned a video Doreen Virtue posted on the Christmas tree, which you can watch here. We also mention Tami and Gina’s Children’s books as a great gift option this year, you can find them linked on their names above. We also talked about our new store, which is really in it’s beta stage right now. There’s only a few options available right now, but you can find them all here.

You can find today’s episode on iTunes, Podbean, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and video on YouTube. As we announced on todays episode, we will be taking the podcast down to one episode a week for the remainder of the year, so this will be the only episode this week. I would love to hear your thoughts on these issues, what’s your favorite Christmas song? What gifts should be avoided? As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Christmas Hymn – O Come, Let Us Adore Him

Today, dear ones, I’m delighted to share with you a hymn that Becca chose for today. Tomorrow we’ll be dropping our Christmas special, so we’re excited about the holidays! Of course, I’ve been decided for Christmas so a few weeks now. I cheated and did not wait for the bird. Have you begun your tree, and what’s your favorite Christmas hymn?

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; 
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels:

O come, let us adore Him, 
O come, let us adore Him, 
O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing all ye bright hosts of heav’n above; 
Glory to God, all glory in the highest

O come, let us adore Him, 
O come, let us adore Him, 
O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n:
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

O come, let us adore Him, 
O come, let us adore Him, 
O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.

I mentioned previously, I think, that P&R Publishers is partnering with the Hub. They’ve got a tremendous amount of books to review or giveaway, and a long list of authors we could interview. So we’re asking you, dear friends, which ones you’d like to see more of. I hope you’re all having a blessed weekend filled with sweet fellowship. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Update – What are we Doing and Where are we Going?

I had the days of our interviews mixed up, I’m so sorry dear ones! Today’s episode is an update on what we’ll be doing with the podcast, blog, and hub next. Please pray for me, brothers and sisters-in-Christ. I deeply need your prayers today, as does Becca. We’re going to be recording an episode this weekend that, well, we simply don’t want to have to record. Unfortunately, we’ve got to deal with another serious subject.

I so treasure each of you, thank you for your kindness, prayer, and support of the podcast. Especially thank you for the prayer. If there’s anything you’d like me to be in prayer for, please let me know. If it’s something you’d rather not make public you can send it to me via email or social media messages. I find great joy in praying for you all. Don’t forget, once you’ve finished this episode, to let me know your answer to the riddle at the end. First one to get the answer correct will be announced on social media.

You can find the podcast on YouTube, Podbean, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes, and through our website 5Solas.Online. We will be launching a store within the next few days, so if there is a personalized t-shirt idea you’ve got, please let me know. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.