more free Christian songs and free Gospel Music at http://www.freegospelmusic.net

The Christmas Song Book

Free Christian Song Book of Sacred Music and Spiritual Songs



Songs & Hymns


Christmas Commandments

The following item appeared in a church newsletter and contains some good
advice that will help us keep selfishness in check this Christmas:

I. Thou shalt not leave "Christ" out of Christmas, making it "Xmas." To some, "X" is unknown.

II. Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that thy soul is forgotten.

III. Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its spiritual reality.

IV. Thou shalt not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and the merchant with complaints and demands.

V. Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift. This will increase its value a hundred fold, and he who receiveth it shall treasure it forever.

VI. Thou shalt not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive may signify love, and that is more priceless than silver and gold.

VII. Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings with many who will go hungry and cold unless thou are generous.

VIII. Thou shalt not neglect thy church. Its services highlight the true meaning of the season.

IX. Thou shalt be as a little child. Not until thou hast become, in spirit, as a little one art thou ready to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.

X. Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of thy Christmas list.





Christmas In The Here And Now

The holidays are frantic in our rush to get things done.
It's a wonder we survive them with our fervor to have fun.
And we make so many plans that keep us busy all day long.
So there is no time for Jesus, and it seems there's something wrong.

For the Baby in the manger, long ago and far away
Doesn't seem to be important as we live from day to day.
There's a Baby in the manger, far away and long ago,
But we've things that we must do, and we've places we must go.

And yet, Jesus is the focus if we only understand.
He's the most important Factor--for the Kingdom is at hand.
Jesus makes the difference for us as our Savior only can.
He agreed to be a servant, to become a lowly man.

He, the Son obeyed the Father on that day that He was born.
Not like Adam disobeyed so that the human race was torn,
Torn away from God the Father and became enslaved to sin,
But the Christ obeyed the Father to reverse this mess we're in.

He obeyed Him in each act and word and thought throughout His life.
He obeyed Him in His death and then removed all earthly strife.
He arose the over-comer--over sin, death and the grave,
And ascended into heaven--and then many gifts He gave.

Now He opens up the door for any who will enter there
To be joined with God the Father--for He freed us from the snare.
So there's much more to the story than a Baby long ago,
For He's born within the heart, and this is by the Spirit's flow.

When He's born within our hearts, He gives us power then to be
Full-grown, manifested sons of God to live eternally,
We look back there to the manger and the cross of long ago,
And now we have Christ within us; God has planned that seed will grow

To the measure of the stature of the fullness. It's God's plan
To conform us to His image. It's the work that God began.
He has set us in His Body to be coworkers today
To be coworkers with God just as the Master forms the clay.

And the gifts He puts within us are the gifts from up above,
As they tear down mighty strongholds, and they build the Church in love.
And from glory unto glory they are building it today
In the here and in the now, not long ago and far away.

Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware. Use it freely.


Go, Tell It On The Mountain

Words: John W. Work, Jr., 1907
Music: African-American spiritual (in the public domain)

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

While shepherds kept their watching
Over silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

The shepherds feared and trembled,
When lo! above the earth,
Rang out the angels chorus
That hailed the Savior's birth.

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

Down in a lowly manger
The humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation
That blessed Christmas morn.

Of course, many have added verses over the years. Here are three more new verses:

Oh Once I was a sinner,
In bondage day and night.
I asked the Lord to save me,
And He showed me the light.

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

The mind is a deceiver,
And many are deceived,
But Jesus came to lead us,
And all who have believed.

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

More holiness and power
than anyone has dreamed,
This holiness and power
belongs to the redeemed.

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware. Use it freely.


Life Holds

Life holds no sweeter thing than this---to tell
A little child, while Christmas candles glow,
The story of a Babe whose humble birth
Became the loveliest of truths we know.

Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware. Use it freely.


Peace Child

Sawi Christmas

"In 1962 the Sawi people of New Guinea still lived in relative isolation.
They were head-hunting cannibals. Their culture could not be more
different from that of Don and Carol Richardson, and yet these
missionaries strove to become an incarnate presence among the Sawi. In
fact, three Sawi tribes, fascinated by the Richardsons, moved their
villages right around the missionaries' jungle home. After a long and
trying period of learning the language, Don Richardson finally climbed
the ladder into the Sawi man-house. Surrounded by the skulls of the
victims they had cannibalized, he began to share the gospel with them.
He began by telling them about the Jews, the promised Messiah, and the
sacrificial Lamb of Judah. The Sawi were bored.

"Don became frustrated, discouraged by his inability to communicate and
find a point of contact. He was also discouraged by the 14 civil wars he
had already counted right outside his front door now that the two rival
Sawi tribes lived side by side. Such fear and frustration finally led
the Richardsons to plan to leave. However, the Sawi response surprised
them: 'If you'll stay, we promise we'll make peace in the morning.'

"The next morning the Richardson's awoke to see the most amazing ritual,
the most passionate ceremony they had ever witnessed. The two tribes
were lined up outside their house, on either side of the clearing. An
air of tension floated between the two tribes. On the one side, people
milled about waiting anxiously. Finally, one man standing there dashed
into his hut while his wife was looking away. He grabbed his newborn
baby, took the child in his arms, and ran across the meadow. His
expression betrayed absolute agony. His wife ran after him, screaming and
begging him to give the baby back to her. When she couldn't catch him,
she fell to her knees in the mud, moaning for her baby.

"Her husband ran over to the other tribe and presented the baby to them.
'Plead the peace child for me. I give you my son, and I give you my
name,' he said. Shortly, someone from that tribe performed the same
agonizing sacrifice with the same intensity and passion. Richardson
found out later that as long as those peace children remained alive, the
two tribes were bound to each other. They were bound not to war but to
peace for the lifetimes of those children. If the children died, then
literally all hell would break loose --cannibalism, murder, civil war.

"While this amazing scene unfolded before him, Don suddenly realized that
this was the point of contact, the redemptive analogy. When he climbed
the next time into the Sawi man-house, still surrounded by skulls, he
told the elders of the perfect Peace Child, given by God to mankind. They
sat riveted on his every word. That very day some of the Sawi became
Christians. Richardson went on to develop an entire theology based on
the peace child in Sawi tradition. As he and his family modeled the
person of the Peace Child, droves of Sawi came to know the Lord. This
continued until one day, hundreds of Sawi from every tribe (tribes that
had warred and cannibalized each other for many years) gathered together
for a feast for the first time.

"A Sawi preacher stood up and read in his own language what few people in
the history of the world have ever understood so clearly: 'Unto us a
child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon
His shoulders, and He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace' (Isaiah 9:6). It was the best
Christmas the Richardsons had ever experienced. It was the best day the
Sawi had ever known. It was Christmas in more ways than one."
[Adapted from Peace Child by Don Richardson]

Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware. Use it freely.


What Is It About Christmas?

What is it about Christmas that brings such joy and peace?
To those who understand it, it brings sweet release.
What is it about Christmas that brings such peace and joy?
And what are people finding beyond the food and toys?

It is the news of Jesus, Who gave Himself in love,
So we may be united, at last, to God above.
It is the joy that, freely, we may partake of Him
His glory, ever brighter, will never become dim.

And, though we cannot see it with earthly eyes so blind,
We see it in the Spirit. We serve Him with our mind.
The old man is now fading. The New Man, now, may grow.
And Christmas tells this story that started long ago.

So, now, we see, in Christmas, the hope of lives made new,
Of standing in God's presence, and walking with Him, too.
And every time we touch Him, He touches us as well,
And we are changed forever. This is what Christmas tells.

This living, flowing, Spirit of Him Who came that day
Is ever more abounding if we but give Him sway.
If we will yield our members to Him while here below,
His Spirit, yes, His Glory, will from within us flow.

And that is why sweet Christmas, now, offers joy and peace,
The Savior has the power to cause despair to cease.
For He obeyed the Father and our salvation won,
That those who don't reject Him can grow mature as sons.

If we receive the Savior and with Him e'er abide,
We turn toward heav'nly blessing, from vanity and pride.
And, standing in His presence, He changes us each day,
To, one day, grow to fullness, mature in every way.

We look for the completion. And Christmas gives us cheer.
We know the Christ of Christmas, Whose Presence we have here.
And, daily, as we seek Him and find Him ever more,
From glory to new glory, as eagles, we now soar.

Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware. Use it freely.


Poetry & Meditations


Christmas Commandments

The following item appeared in a church newsletter and contains some good
advice that will help us keep selfishness in check this Christmas:

I. Thou shalt not leave "Christ" out of Christmas, making it "Xmas." To some, "X" is unknown.

II. Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that thy soul is forgotten.

III. Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its spiritual reality.

IV. Thou shalt not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and the merchant with complaints and demands.

V. Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift. This will increase its value a hundred fold, and he who receiveth it shall treasure it forever.

VI. Thou shalt not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive may signify love, and that is more priceless than silver and gold.

VII. Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings with many who will go hungry and cold unless thou are generous.

VIII. Thou shalt not neglect thy church. Its services highlight the true meaning of the season.

IX. Thou shalt be as a little child. Not until thou hast become, in spirit, as a little one art thou ready to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.

X. Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of thy Christmas list.


Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware. Use it freely.


Christmas In The Here And Now

The holidays are frantic in our rush to get things done.
It's a wonder we survive them with our fervor to have fun.
And we make so many plans that keep us busy all day long.
So there is no time for Jesus, and it seems there's something wrong.

For the Baby in the manger, long ago and far away
Doesn't seem to be important as we live from day to day.
There's a Baby in the manger, far away and long ago,
But we've things that we must do, and we've places we must go.

And yet, Jesus is the focus if we only understand.
He's the most important Factor--for the Kingdom is at hand.
Jesus makes the difference for us as our Savior only can.
He agreed to be a servant, to become a lowly man.

He, the Son obeyed the Father on that day that He was born.
Not as man who chose the evil, so the human race was torn,
Torn away from God the Father and were made as slaves to sin,
But the Christ obeyed the Father to reverse the mess we're in.

He obeyed Him in each act and word and thought throughout His life.
He obeyed Him in His death and then removed all earthly strife.
He arose the overcomer--over sin, death and the grave,
And ascended into heaven--and then many gifts He gave.

Now He opens up the door for any who will enter there
To be joined with God the Father--for He freed us from the snare.
So there's much more to the story than a Baby long ago,
For He's born within the heart, and this is by the Spirit's flow.

When He's born within our hearts, He gives us power then to be
Full-grown, manifested sons of God to live eternally,
We look back unto the manger and the cross of long ago,
And now we have Christ within us; God has planned that seed will grow

To the measure of the stature of the fullness. It's God's plan
To conform us to His image. It's the work that God began.
He has set us in His Body to be coworkers today
To be coworkers with God, just as the Master forms the clay.

And the gifts He puts within us are the gifts from up above,
As they tear down mighty strongholds, and they build the Church in love.
And from glory unto glory they are building it today
In the here and in the now, not long ago and far away.

Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware. Use it freely.


Life Holds

Life holds no sweeter thing than this---to tell
A little child, while Christmas candles glow,
The story of a Babe whose humble birth
Became the loveliest of truths we know.

Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware. Use it freely.


Peace Child

Sawi Christmas

"In 1962 the Sawi people of New Guinea still lived in relative isolation.
They were head-hunting cannibals. Their culture could not be more
different from that of Don and Carol Richardson, and yet these
missionaries strove to become an incarnate presence among the Sawi. In
fact, three Sawi tribes, fascinated by the Richardsons, moved their
villages right around the missionaries' jungle home. After a long and
trying period of learning the language, Don Richardson finally climbed
the ladder into the Sawi man-house. Surrounded by the skulls of the
victims they had cannibalized, he began to share the gospel with them.
He began by telling them about the Jews, the promised Messiah, and the
sacrificial Lamb of Judah. The Sawi were bored.

"Don became frustrated, discouraged by his inability to communicate and
find a point of contact. He was also discouraged by the 14 civil wars he
had already counted right outside his front door now that the two rival
Sawi tribes lived side by side. Such fear and frustration finally led
the Richardsons to plan to leave. However, the Sawi response surprised
them: 'If you'll stay, we promise we'll make peace in the morning.'

"The next morning the Richardson's awoke to see the most amazing ritual,
the most passionate ceremony they had ever witnessed. The two tribes
were lined up outside their house, on either side of the clearing. An
air of tension floated between the two tribes. On the one side, people
milled about waiting anxiously. Finally, one man standing there dashed
into his hut while his wife was looking away. He grabbed his newborn
baby, took the child in his arms, and ran across the meadow. His
expression betrayed absolute agony. His wife ran after him, screaming and
begging him to give the baby back to her. When she couldn't catch him,
she fell to her knees in the mud, moaning for her baby.

"Her husband ran over to the other tribe and presented the baby to them.
'Plead the peace child for me. I give you my son, and I give you my
name,' he said. Shortly, someone from that tribe performed the same
agonizing sacrifice with the same intensity and passion. Richardson
found out later that as long as those peace children remained alive, the
two tribes were bound to each other. They were bound not to war but to
peace for the lifetimes of those children. If the children died, then
literally all hell would break loose --cannibalism, murder, civil war.

"While this amazing scene unfolded before him, Don suddenly realized that
this was the point of contact, the redemptive analogy. When he climbed
the next time into the Sawi man-house, still surrounded by skulls, he
told the elders of the perfect Peace Child, given by God to mankind. They
sat riveted on his every word. That very day some of the Sawi became
Christians. Richardson went on to develop an entire theology based on
the peace child in Sawi tradition. As he and his family modeled the
person of the Peace Child, droves of Sawi came to know the Lord. This
continued until one day, hundreds of Sawi from every tribe (tribes that
had warred and cannibalized each other for many years) gathered together
for a feast for the first time.

"A Sawi preacher stood up and read in his own language what few people in
the history of the world have ever understood so clearly: 'Unto us a
child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon
His shoulders, and He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace' (Isaiah 9:6). It was the best
Christmas the Richardsons had ever experienced. It was the best day the
Sawi had ever known. It was Christmas in more ways than one."
[Adapted from Peace Child by Don Richardson]

Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware. Use it freely.




Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson, Freeware. Use it freely.

Free Christian Song Book of Sacred Music and Spiritual Songs


more free Christian songs and free Gospel Music at http://www.freegospelmusic.net