Songs of Christmas: I Heard the Bells

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote this poem on Christmas 1863 Civil War. After his wife died in 1861 and his son was severely wounded in the war. The poem was then turned into a song in 1872 by John Baptiste Calkin. Christmas is often a lonely time for many. Because of the incarnation, God isn’t absent […]

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We know little about where this song came from, but it is one of the oldest carols: dating back before the 16th century. Charles Dickens even mentions the song in A Christmas Carol. This song tells us that Christ was born to “save us all from Satan’s power.”  We will focus on that statement in […]

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Songs of Christmas: What Child is This?

This hymn helps to bridge the gap between the hope of the coming Messiah to the birth of Jesus in our world. We will focus this message on answering the question: “What Child is This?”  using John’s gospel. Pastor Darin Elquist The Bridge Church- Spanish Springs Campus November 28, 2021

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Charles Wesley helped his more famous brother, John, start the Methodist movement and wrote this song and about 6,000 others. One of the enduring strengths of this song is the fact that it doesn’t retell the nativity story. Instead, it focuses on a hunger that we can all identify with. Blaise Paschal, a French philosopher, […]

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