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There are few things as magnificent and glorious as the Season of Advent. It's the splendor of time spent with family, the smell of baking cookies, a twinkling Christmas tree, Eggnog Lattes, and my personal favorite… evenings by the fireplace watching cheesy Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. The Christmas season is not just a celebration of Christ’s birth, but rather, a celebration of “God in the flesh.” What makes Christianity so unique is that the supreme commander of the universe, the God who made the sky and sea, the birds and beasts, and you and me, "took on flesh and dwelt among men" (cf. John 1:14). No other religion in world history can boast about a God like that.

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What great words these are and how wonderfully they celebrate the season of Christmas and the birth of our savior! I cannot guess how many times I've sung them. Upon stopping to reflect on these words, however, I worried if they truly reflected the troubled times in which we live today.

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More than 700 years before Mary laid her firstborn child in a Bethlehem manger, Isaiah called his people to lift their eyes toward that day when "a shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit" (Isaiah 11:1, NIV).

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Upon hearing the lyrics of "O Come All Ye Faithful," we experience peaceful joy and soothing gaiety. We recognize that angels would indeed sing in exultation, and that the hosts of heaven would rightly give glory while mankind should openly and joyously greet the Godchild. Great wonder and anticipation are found in John Francis Wade's libretti, for this Child is God-in-flesh appearing.

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