Jesus traveled throughout Israel urging people to repent and believe the gospel. He called His disciples with the command, “Follow me.” But how do we follow Jesus? We begin when we respond to His call to repent and believe the gospel—the Good News. And it awakens us to God’s grace and motivates us to want to live for Jesus and follow Him. The Bible shows us how to follow Jesus daily—by understanding and obeying His teaching and by following His example. ABIDING: THOUGHTS ON JOURNEYING WITH JESUS is a collection of writings and images that come out of the author’s journey of faith.

In Cornwall, England on Christmas Eve 1878, the choir of Truro Cathedral presented a service of carols and Scripture readings. Through this format, they presented the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. The service was the first of what has come to be known as the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The core of the format is to allow the songs and the readings to tell the story of Christmas, free of extensive commentary. Many church communities have adopted the tradition and have adapted the format to their annual celebrations. 

Christmas Joy is a Christmas devotion of Bible passages combined with hymns and carols in the format of Lessons and Carols. Christmas Joy may be used as a personal devotion or may be used in a group setting.


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