Wishing You Heavenly Grace this Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

I recently came across this old Christmas hymn that I was not familiar with. It is titled “Creator of the Stars of Night”. I love the line that says “didst come to save our fallen race by healing gifts of heavenly grace.”

Creator of the starry height,
thy people’s everlasting light,
Jesu, redeemer of us all,
hear thou thy servants when they call.

 Thou, sorrowing at the helpless cry
of all creation doomed to die,
didst come to save our fallen race
by healing gifts of heavenly grace.

 When earth was near its evening hour,
thou didst, in love’s redeeming power,
like bridegroom from his chamber, come
forth from a virgin-mother’s womb.

At thy great name, exalted now,
all knees in lowly homage bow;
all things in heaven and earth adore,
and own thee King for evermore.

To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
praise, honor, might, and glory be
from age to age eternally.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you today and each day forward. May you be blessed with all spiritual blessings from heaven as you proclaim His saving grace.

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A Christmas Blessing

Merry Christmas!

As you celebrate the birth of the Savior this year, may you be blessed as this Irish Christmas blessing states.

“May you be blessed
With the spirit of the season, which is peace,
The gladness of the season, which is hope,
And the heart of the season, which is love.”

 

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Christmas Peace to You!

Merry Christmas!

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. Let us be glad and rejoice in it!

Sometimes Christmas carols become so familiar that we stop listening to the words. Today, stop and ponder the last two verses of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” written by Edmund H. Sears in the 1800s.

And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh, rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing!

For lo! the days are hastening on
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years
Shall come the age of gold;
When Peace shall over all the earth,
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song,
Which now the angels sing.

May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts today and throughout the year to come!

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6 Reasons Books Make Great Gifts

Books make great gifts. In fact, more than 25% of all book sales in the United States happen in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The holiday shopping season is here. Christmas is a great time to market your book as a gift. Check out these six reasons books make great gifts. Then use them to encourage your readers to give your books as gifts this season!

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Do You Give Books as Gifts?

I think that anyone involved in the publishing industry, whether you are an author, publisher, distributor, bookseller, editor, publicist, or literary agent, should give books as gifts.

Why?

1. It’s good for business.

Giving books as gifts means more books are being purchased. This is good for business. We need books to sell to keep the business of publishing and selling books alive and active. The more people you expose to a good book, the more people you win as enthusiastic fans who will help you promote that book, resulting in more book sales.

2. It promotes reading.

According to statistics, reading is decreasing in the United States. Giving books as gifts encourages people to read. The more people read, the more books they purchase. It’s simple math.

3. Books have the power to change lives.

Ultimately, only Jesus has the power to transform lives, but books still have the power to change people’s lives. Books provide people with insight and information that can help them learn to think and act in new ways. Most importantly, good Christian books can lead people to a better understanding and relationship with God.

I encourage you to give books as gifts this Christmas season and throughout the year. Books make wonderful gifts and last a long time.

Need some ideas of good books to give as gifts this Christmas? Let me suggest you check out the great books offered by member publishers of Christian Small Publishers Association. Just click on the CSPA 2009 Product catalog below and flip through it to be inspired!


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