Micah 5:2 (Listen)
2 1 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
John 3:16 (Listen)
For God So Loved the World
16 “For God so loved the world,1 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Luke 2:20 (Listen)
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Luke 2:14 (Listen)
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”1
John 1:29 (Listen)
Behold, the Lamb of God
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Hymn: WS 705: Come, O Long-Expected Jesus
1. Come, O long expected Jesus,
Born to set Your people free;
From our sins and fears release us;
By Your death on Calvary.
2. Born your people to deliver;
Born a child and yet a King!
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Your gracious kingdom bring.
3. By your own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By your all sufficient merit
Raise us to your glorious throne.
2 Corinthians 11:14 (Listen)
14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
1 John 3:8 (Listen)
8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
Hymn: TLH 416: Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways
1. Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways
To keep His statutes still!
Oh, that my God would grant me grace
To know and do His will!
2. Order my footsteps by Thy Word
And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
But keep my conscience clear.
3. Assist my soul, too apt to stray,
A stricter watch to keep;
And should I e’er forget Thy way,
Restore Thy wandering sheep.
4. Make me to walk in Thy commands,–
‘Tis a delightful road,–
Nor let my head or heart or hands
Offend against my God.
Luke 10:42 (Listen)
42 but one thing is necessary.1 Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Hymn: TLH 616, st. 1-3: Forever with the Lord
1. “Forever with the Lord!”
Amen! so let it be,
Life from the dead is in that word,
2. Here in the body pent,
Absent from Him, I roam,
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent
A day’s march nearer home.
3. My Father’s house on high,
Home of my soul, how near
At times to faith’s foreseeing eye
Thy golden gates appear!
Romans 6:3–4 (Listen)
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Hymn: TLH 602, st. 1,3,5: It is not Death to Die
1. It is not death to die,
To leave this weary road,
And midst the brotherhood on high
To be at home with God.
3. It is not death to bear
The wrench that sets us free
From dungeon chain, to breathe the air
To spend eternal years.
5. Jesus, Thou Prince of Iife,
Thy chosen cannot die;
Like Thee, they conquer in the strife
To reign with Thee on high.