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"She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because
there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2: 7



Today, unfortunately, there is still no room for Jesus or God in many realms of our everyday life.

Are you being asked to say "Happy Holidays" instead of  "Merry Christmas?" Jesus said, "You are either for me or against me." This week on the Coral Ridge Hour  Dr. Kennedy looked at the anti-Christian spirit that has grown in our nation.

Extreme efforts by the ACLU and other anti-God groups are trying to remove any signs of God or Jesus from our schools, from government, from many organizations and from society in general.  Personally, I try to refrain from doing business in stores which only say "Happy Holidays." If their business slacks off, that seems to get their attention in a hurry.  Remember what happened to Wal Mart last year, and this year they can say Merry Christmas.  We must forever stand up for our right to say

Luke 2 (New International Version)

New International Version (NIV)
The Birth of Jesus
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.

 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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History of the song

The words and lyrics of the old carol 'O Holy Night' were written by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure in 1847. Cappeau was a wine seller by trade but was asked by the parish priest to write a poem for Christmas. He obliged and wrote the beautiful words of the hymn. He then realized that it should have music to accompany the words and he approached his friend Adolphe Charles Adams(1803-1856). He agreed and the music for the poem was therefore composed by Adolphe Charles Adams. Adolphe had attended the Paris conservatoire and forged a brilliant career as a composer. It was translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).

star1.gif (251 bytes)Oh Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt His worth

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
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For yonder beams a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
Oh night divine! O night when Christ was born!
Oh night divine! Oh night, Oh night divine!

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Led by the light of faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here came the wise men from the Orient land

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star1.gif (251 bytes)The King of Kings lay in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend
He knows our need
To our weakness no stranger
Behold your King! before the lowly bend!
Behold your King! before Him bend!

Truly he taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus rise we
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Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord
Then ever, ever praise we
His pow'r and glory ever more proclaim
His pow'r and glory ever more proclaim





by Bettye