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Christmas in July

Tomorrow is July 25th. That’s right, folks–only four months until the holiday season is here. We did something really fun at our house last year and I wanted to share it with you in the event that you might like to put your own spin on it this year. 270 more words


Preparations in July

Getting ready for Christmas in Australia for a child often starts when school closes for the year. It’s hot. Sometimes the day temperatures in south-west Western Australia rise to the mid-thirties Celsius in December, and the dry easterlies start to blow. 191 more words


A Prayer for Illumination

Here is an example of a prayer that was used before a sermon on Micah 1:1-2:9, for which the New Testament Lesson was John 1:14-18. A minister could adapt this prayer according to what he is preaching on any given Lord’s Day. 114 more words



we fail in this old world,

directionless without such a

star as leads wise men

to new enlightenment

our emptiness yawns black

in a night that never grows… 48 more words


Let the Glory of the Lord Rise Among Us!

Sometimes, when we view a painting it can seem so much like a fairytale that we struggle to make it personal and maybe we think there is no need. 320 more words

Sunday Morning Meditations

Christmas in July: It's Advent right now.

One morning while worshipping, the Lord gave me a vision of an Advent wreath. I didn’t quite know what it meant at the time, but I made a mental note to look into it later. 728 more words

My Stories

TCDA 2014

The 59th Annual Convention of the Texas Choral Directors Association (San Antonio, July 27-30, 2014) includes my new Advent anthem “Hark, the Glad Sound!” in a reading session of sacred/general choral music. 18 more words

Choral Music