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Well Christmas is upon us. For this I am very glad!

One of the things I like about this season is that I get to break out the Christmas music. I thought I would share my favorite Christmas albums in hopes of spreading the Christmas cheer!

Savior

Songs filled with the wonderful theology of the Incarnation and of the mission the Incarnated Christ came to complete.

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Advent Songs

New feel to traditional (or not so traditional) Christmas songs from Sojourn Community Church. Over all very well done.

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Still

Nathan George and company bring a gentle folk tune to traditional Christmas songs.

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Christmas Songs

I have always enjoyed Fernando Ortega‘s work. The same enjoyment is carried over to his Christmas album.

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Behold the Lamb of God

Last, but certainly not least. Beginning in the Old Testament and journeying to the coming of Christ Andrew Peterson takes you through the big story of Christmas. You can hear the whole album here. And then buy it here. Or you can go see it if they are coming to your town.

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If you have any Christmas favorites you want to share feel free to share away.

Some of my favorite songs to listen to are Psalms. I don’t believe there is anything more “obedient” about them over other songs of praise. But there is something encouraging about have the direct words of scripture sung to me. And I just think the concept of singing the Psalms is cool.

So here is a list of several full Psalms put to music by Nathan Clark George and Andrew Case (With one Indelible Grace arrangement). Everyone of these is a full Psalm with either a word for word or thought for thought arrangement. All of Andrew’s music is for free. Nathan’s can be found at his site.

Psalm 13

Psalm 24

Psalm 43

Psalm 51

Psalm 89

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These do not have players so you will have to play them by going to the site:

Psalm 96

Psalm 98

Psalm 111

Psalm 121

Psalm 127

Psalm 130

Psalm 148

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Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for His bed
Mary was that mother mild
Jesus Christ her little child

He came down to earth from heaven
Who is God and Lord of all
And His shelter was a stable
And His cradle was a stall
With the poor and mean and lowly
Lived on earth our Savior holy

And through all His wondrous childhood
He would honor and obey
Love and watch the lowly mother
In whose gentle arms He lay
Christian children all should be
Mild, obedient, good as He

For He is our childhood’s pattern
Day by day like us He grew
He was little, weak, and helpless
Tears and smiles like us He knew
And He feeleth for our sadness
And He shareth in our gladness

And our eyes at last shall see Him
Through His own redeeming love
For that child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heaven above
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone

Not in that poor lowly stable
With the oxen standing by
We shall see Him, but in heaven
Set at God’s right hand on high
When like stars His children crowned
All in white shall wait around

HT: Ray Ortlund


Jesus, joy of the highest heaven,
Born as a little baby
Under a wondrous star.
Like us, crying he takes His first breath
Held by His mother, helpless
Close to her beating heart.
Jesus, laid in a lowly manger,
Facing a world of dangers,
Come to turn me a stranger
Into a child of God.

Jesus, King of the highest heaven
Learning to take His first steps,
That He might bring us life.
Like us, knowing our smiles and sorrows,
He showed the way to follow,
A way that is true and right.
Jesus, take away every darkness,
Steady my simple footsteps
That I might in your goodness
Live as a child of God.

 

Keith Getty and Kristyn Getty

Copyright © 2011 Gettymusic; admin by Music Services.

Here are other great song from the guys that brought you The Cello Song.

Michael Meets Mozart

Moonlight

Nearer My God to Thee

This is one of the neat things about rap as a genre of music, one can pack a lot of words into one song. This is Trip Lee putting a paraphrase of the book of Philippians to music.

To Live is Christ (Philippians)

Verse 1:
Brethren listen to this exposition
Paul wrote the Philippians some lessons for living (1:1)
Written to them but its real good text for Christians
So read it closely, I hope we can catch the vision
Chapter 1 he tells them he’s blessed to get them
Co-laboring with him to serve the best who’s risen (1:5, 7)
And that’s he’s confident the Lord will perfect in Christians
What He started and hearts will be corrected in them (1:6)
Listen, he was in prison now maybe never getting out
But all he could think about was the gospel getting out (1:12-14)
Some was even preaching Christ from selfish motives
Coming at Paul but dawg he shrugged his shoulders (1:15-18)
His focus was Christ the Messiah man (1:19)
And for Him “to live is Christ and to die was gain” (1:20,21)
Yeah, he was hard pressed, but to remain in the flesh
Was more necessary so they faith would progress (1:22-24)
He wanted them to strive together for the gospel
In one spirit, one mind, listen to the apostle (1:27)
Maintain the same love, uplift your brothers
Don’t just look out for yourself, but for the interests of others (2:2-4)

Hook:
Our life is nothing, but Christ is all (1:21)
So conduct yourselves worthy of His righteous call (1:27)
(Repeat 4X)

Verse 2:
Chapter 2: Let’s examine five through eleven
The blessed lamb who resided in the Heavens (2:6)
Said forget the wealth and emptied Himself
Came as a man and died for the brethren (2:7,8)
Ultimate obedience, he died on the cross and (2:8)
Through His humility Christ was exalted (2:9)
Glory to the Father (2:11), now we should have
That same attitude Christ Jesus had (2:5)
And on to verse twelve work out your salvation (2:12)
The Father works in us in this process of saving (2:13)
Avoid dispute and prove yourself blameless
Children of God in a perverse generation (2:14,15)
Cling to the bible, humility is vital
We see it in lives of Paul and his disciples (2:17-30)
Serving him like father (2:22), some fellow soldiers (2:25)
Let us rejoice, unite, and rep Jehovah

Hook

Verse 3:
Chapter 3: rejoice in the Lord we serve (3:1)
And forget about the flesh we nothing more than dirt (3:3)
Man if anyone could brag bout they status it was Paul
But to him it was trash it and he counted it as lost
For the sake of the Christ, ’cause He gave us life (3:4-7)
Not through anything we did but through faith in Christ (3:9)
We righteous in the eyes of the Lord’s that’s blessing
Conformed to His death and His resurrection (3:9-10)
Brethren, I don’t claim to have attained perfection’s
What he said but was reaching to what lies ahead (3:12-13)
And encouraged the Philippians to model what he said (3:15)
And not to walk in the flesh cause that walk is dead (3:17-19)
But we citizens of Heaven who eagerly wait for
The one that we rest in Jesus our Savior (3:20)
That’s who the Lord is and He will surely
Transform our bodies in future glory (3:21)

Hook

Verse 4:
Chapter 4: he closes encouraging with words
In unity and harmony for those within the church (4:1-3)
Rejoice in the Lord, bro our hopes in Him first (4:4)
Let our thanks and our problems be known to Him first (4:6)
Embrace the peace of God, you can bet on that (4:7)
And whatever is good let your mind dwell on that (4:8)
Then he thanked them again, for they gifts and concern (4:10)
But no matter what to be content he had learned (4:11-12)
Plus he was sure that he could do all things
Through Him who gave strength and can do all things (4:13)
And he told them they did well sharing through all pain (4:14)
And made sure they knew he sure he wasn’t trying to get more change (4:15-18)
God will supply all they needs he hoped they might see this
According to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (4:19)
The truth of Philippians I hope it hit you
And may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you (4:23)
I hope you like what you heard with me rapping these verses
But don’t get it twisted, we just scratching the surface
There’s more to be learned than this rap is saying
So read it, live it, learn it like the back of your hand

Hook

I very enjoyable rendition of Bach’s piece.

You can download the song at both Amazon and iTunes.

Sojourn Music just came out with the newest Album, Split Ep: Jamie Barnes – The Mercy Seat / Brooks Ritter – The War. I recently bought it and have been greatly enjoying the music and the lyrics found in this album.

The first song by Jamie Barnes is called “Approach My Soul, the Mercy Seat.” It is inspired by John Newton’s hymn, “Approach, My Soul, The Mercy Seat.” Sojourn Music has opened this song for free download as well.

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Approach my soul, the mercy seat
Where Holy One and helpless meet
There fall before my Judges’ feet
Thy promise is my only plea, O God

Send wings to lift the clutch of sin
You who dwell between the cherubim
From war without and fear within
Relieve the grief from the shoulders of crumbling men

O God—Pour out your mercy to me
My God, Oh what striking love to bleed.

Fashion my heart in your alchemy
With the brass to front the devil’s perjury
And surefire grace my Jesus speaks
I must. I will. I do believe. O Lord.

HT: Justin Taylor

I have enjoyed  Red Mountain Music for quite some time now. I came across their first CD, “The Gadsby Project” several years ago. Since then I have bought almost every one of their CDs. The strength of their music, for me, would be how they find long lost hymns and bring them back to life. Not as if old songs are better than new ones. But the lyrical content of some of the songs they record are very rich. And that is what is important. Several songs on their CDs have pointed me to the truths of Christ when I needed to hear them.

They just came out with their newest album, All Things New,  not to long ago. I would have to say that this is the best one they have done so far. I have really enjoyed many of the songs on this one. One of my favorite would be, “Come All Ye Pining.” It is refreshing to be reminded that Christ sets forth banquet tables before me to come and find full satisfaction in the abundance of His goodness. He has not hidden it in some far of corner of the universe. No, He beckons me, and every other person who hungers, to come and be filled.

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1    Lord, we adore thy boundless grace,
The heights and depths unknown,
Of pardon, life, and joy, and peace,
In thy beloved Son.

Chorus:  Come, all ye pining, hungry poor,
The Saviour’s bounty taste;
Behold a never-failing store
For every willing guest.

2    O wondrous gifts of love divine,
Dear Source of every good;
Jesus, in thee what glories shine!
How rich thy flowing blood!

4    Here shall your numerous wants receive
A free, a full supply;
He has unmeasured bliss to give,
And joys that never die.

~Anne Steele, Gadsby Hymnal #1039

 

Merry Christmas!

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Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six wingèd seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Lord Most High!

~Li­tur­gy of St. James, 4th Cen­tu­ry

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