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Wow, It’s just one week away. Christmas is upon us.  Here are a couple things that may get you into the Christmas spirit and help you remember what a great hope we have in the birth of that little baby in a barn two thousand years ago.

The first thing is the Christmas Story Tracker from YouVersion.  Supposedly, each time a person reads the story of the birth of the Christ, they increase the counter and place a star on the map where it’s happening.  It’s pretty interesting.  So, read the story, and light up a star!

The second is this clip of the birth from the new History Channel series that will be airing in the 5 Sundays leading up to Easter in the spring.  Check out the scene from Bethlehem. It’s pretty good telling, although I think some of it moves a little from the words captured in scripture – but hey, I wasn’t there!  I especially love the look on Mary and Joseph’s face at the end.  I know they had great faith and heard what the angel Gabriel had told them, but when all those events took place with their baby boy, I am certain the astonishment was amazing.  If only we could have that same sort of astonishment and joy when we think about the coming of the Christ!

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  Luke 2:1-11

 

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