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Beautiful Thanksgiving

“His Kind of Love”
Group 1 Crew

there are no words, no phrase i could create
there is no melody that i could make
how do you sing about the love so deep
without feeling like you missed something
i could try but i could not explain

His kind of love (His kind of love)
is reckless for us
His kind of love will never give up
‘til the whole world knows how far He went to show
His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love
His kind of love

tell me what kind of God would choose to save
the bruised, the broken, the sinners, the runaways
how do you ever try to comprehend this love that knows no limit
i could try but i could not explain

His kind of love (His kind of love)
is reckless for us
His kind of love will never give up
‘til the whole world knows how far He went to show
His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love
His kind of love

this is our God
He is strong and His mercy is our song
He won’t stop chasing us
that’s just His kind of love

His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love (His kind of love)
is reckless for us
His kind of love will never give up
‘til the whole world knows how far He went to show
His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love, His kind of love
His kind of love, His kind of love
this is our God, He is strong and His mercy is our song
His kind of love, His kind of love

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Father

“Forever Reign”
Hillsong

You are good You are good
when there’s nothing good in me
You are love You are love
on display for all to see
You are light You are light
when the darkness closes in
You are hope You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace You are peace
when my fear is crippling
You are true You are true
even in my wandering
You are joy You are joy
You’re the reason that i sing
You are life You are life
in You death has lost its sting

[Chorus]
Oh i’m running to Your arms
i’m running to Your arms
the riches of Your love
will always be enough
nothing compares to Your embrace
light of the world forever reign

You are more You are more
than my words will ever say
You are Lord You are Lord
all creation will proclaim
You are here You are here
in Your presence i’m made whole
You are God You are God
of all else i’m letting go

[Chorus]

my heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus
Jesus

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Happy birthday, Lincoln

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

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The Incarnation

by Odd Thomas

what good is the Christmas story
if it’s void of God and His glory
what’s the worth of the words “peace on earth”
if it’s not rooted in the truth of Christ’s birth
what benefit is it for us to discuss the joy of the season
unless we fix our hearts and our minds on the principal reason
that Christ has atoned for us

see, Christmas is more than just a story
about a baby born in a manger
more than a poor fiance engaged to a humble virgin teenager
more than a Magi
more than gold, frankincense, and myrrh
it’s more than a narrative of the nativity scene
there was so much more that occurred

it’s the coming of the Messiah
the fulfillment of all Old Testament promises
the prophecy of the suffering servant and all of His accomplishments
the second Person of the Trinity
commissioned to abandon His position
and literally set aside the independent exercise of His attributes
in full submission
the Word manifested in the flesh
the fullness of God expressed
the self-emptying Jesus poured out at the Father’s request
the image of the invisible God
the radiance of the Father’s fame
holy
but retained His humanness to emphathize with our pain

He was unjustly crushed
chastised
cursed
and shamed
mocked and adorned with a crown of thorns
disgraced
but He still faced the grave
to fulfill the Father’s will
to come and die in the place of sinful men
and receive the full fury of God’s judgment upon Himself instead

the most monumental mark for mankind
made in human history
wretched sinners being made righteous
only by the wounds of the risen King
the condescending of a holy God
made in the likeness of men
a child born to be the Savior
that would save the world from their sins
the offspring of the virgin’s womb
the Christ
God’s own Son
fully God yet fully man
the only theanthropic One

this is what we celebrate
Christ
the newborn King
veiled in flesh the Godhead see
hail! incarnate Deity

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Christmas Must Be Something More

by Taylor Swift

what if ribbons and bows didn’t mean a thing
would the song still survive without five golden rings
would you still wanna kiss without misletoe
what would happen if God never let it snow
what would happen if Christmas carols told a lie
tell me what would you find

you’d see that today holds something special
something holy, not superficial
so here’s to the birthday boy who saved our lives
it’s something we all try to ignore
and put a wreath up on your door
so here’s something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something more

what if angels did not pay attention to
all the things that we wished they would always do
what if happiness came in a cardboard box
then i think there is something we all forgot
what would happen if presents all went away
tell me what would you find

you’d see that today holds something special
something holy, not superficial
so here’s to the birthday boy who saved our lives
it’s something we all try to ignore
and put a wreath up on your door
so here’s something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something more

we get so caught up in all of it
business and relationships
hundred-mile-an-hour lives
and it’s this time of year
and everybody’s here
it seems the last thing on your mind

is that the day holds something special
something holy, not superficial
so here’s to Jesus Christ who saved our lives
it’s something we all try to ignore
and put a wreath up on your door
but here’s something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something
Christmas must be something
Christmas must be something more

there’s gotta be more
there’s gotta be more

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Ditto

Wow, how uncanny the similarities between my friend’s and my own family:

In less than 24 hours I will be leaving with my family on my first trip to Asia!  I’m excited and feel so blessed to finally have the opportunity to meet my extended family, many of whom I’ve heard about but never seen. At the same time, I realize that this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to witness to them, since we don’t go back very often and the majority of my relatives who are overseas are not believers and are at least as old as my parents. It will also be the first significant amount of time I’ve spent with my brother since he decided to tell me he’d renounced God. So, I would really appreciate your prayers for God’s love to show through in our interactions, even though there might be language, age, cultural barriers, and the usual family tensions.

I also wanted to say that I’m thankful and would love to hear how you’re doing or pray for you if you’ve anything to share; but since I may not be able to communicate as frequently while I’m overseas, I want to go ahead and wish you a very Merry Christmas and send you wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

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White Christmases

by Branded

if you dream of horse-drawn carriages
dashing through the snow
before you move to Texas
there’s something you should know….

that they don’t have white Christmases in Houston
i’ve lived here most my life, and i should know
i’ve prayed and i’ve pleaded for way too many years
but they just don’t have white Christmases down here

i’ve heard of winter carnivals in Aspen
it looks just like a winter wonderland
but remember while you’re freezin’
throughout this Christmas season
we’ll be down here with Christmas cheer
and flip-flops in the sand

that they don’t have white Christmases in Houston
i’ve lived here most my life, and i should know
i’ve prayed and i’ve pleaded for way too many years
but they just don’t have white Christmases down here

play on!

that’s nice!

i’ve seen all those Christmas shows on TV
blankets of white powder, my how grand!
but while you’ve got snow and holly
I’m feasting on tamales
sittin’ on my back porch
with an iced tea in my hand

that they don’t have white Christmases in Houston
i’ve lived here most my life, and i should know
i’ve prayed and i’ve pleaded for way too many years
but they just don’t have white Christmases down here

i’ve prayed and i’ve pleaded for way too many years
but they just don’t have white Christmases down here

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