It's not that easy to find Christmas music that reflects the real meaning of Christmas. So I thought that I'd record some of Christmas arrangements available for students to play (useful for students); and gain experience in using the Roland LX-15e and SoundCloud (useful for me).
Then anyone who wants to listen to some beautiful Christian music can do so, for free (useful for everybody!)
These recordings were done in a hurry, 2 or 3 nights before Christmas, each carol in a single take, no editing (hence, mistakes - sorry!). The only things you're hearing is my fingers realtime on the LX-15e. I hope to add additional (and better!) recordings over time...
To my wonderful students and their families - Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016!
So why celebrate Christmas?
Well, all mankind has sinned, and can't enter God's presence. God promised to send a saviour... "The Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us')." Isaiah 7:14 NLT
Many years later, God sent His own son, Jesus. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 ESV
He wasn't born in a palace, but in poor lodgings, and slept in an animals feeding trough... "She gave birth to her firstborn son... and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7 NASB
His arrival wasn't posted on Facebook; instead, angels announced his birth... "Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:14 KJV
Jesus grew into adulthood, and began three years of ministry, ending in his death. He lived his life without sin, and so his death paid our penalty. In this way, we can be forgiven, and can live with Jesus in Heaven for all eternity. "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God..." 2 Cor 5:21 NLT
"He said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”" Acts 16:30 NASB
Even better, God stays with us now... "Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He annointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come" 2 Cor 1:22-22 NIV. Or to put it another way... "We owe our position in Christ to this God of positive promise: it is he who has consecrated us to this special work, he who has given us the living guarantee of the Spirit in our hearts." JBP
"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit." Ps 34:18 NASB
That's why we should celebrate Christmas: it's a time of peace and joy, of family, and most importantly, a reminder of the free salvation available to all who believe...
I'd like to thank...
Joshua, Jordan, and Rosanne. I will always love you, and there's nothing you can do about it! Merry Christmas!
Jim - you're the living demonstration of Christian Manhood. I'm trying to learn from your example. You've often encouraged me to record some Christian music - this is for you.
Rose and Graham Weir - you've always offered guidance, prayer and support - please accept this music with sincere thanks.
Joel and Sarah - thanks for helping Jordan.
Charlie - thanks for your help with the electrics, and especially with Josh.
Warren and Kim Irwin - thanks for taking me into your Study Group! Your thoughfulness and prayers have helped more than you know.
Nicole and Robert Craig - thanks for your prayers and encouragement.
David Stanford - your extraordinary patience and advice have been invaluable.
Springwood Anglican Church - my extended family - I get by far the better part of that deal.
And there have been so many other blessings this year I would need pages to list them all.
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