Do you celebrate Christmas in July?

Why am I sharing a Bible passage about Christmas in July? Not because stores may already be selling Christmas decorations. 

Isaiah 9: 6, ESV

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

© 2001 – 2018 CROSSWAY

from the English Standard Bible 

Why am I sharing a Bible passage about Christmas in July? Not because stores may already be selling Christmas decorations.

This selection was read on Daily Audio Bible (DAB)  recently. I told you about DAB before and hope you’ve been listening to it with me daily or as often as possible.


I listen to the chronological version, meaning the text is read in the order it happened or was written, rather than the order the books are arranged in the Bible.

More info about DAB is in this previous post.

DAB is free and you can download on the App Store 
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George Frideric Handel and Messiah

George Frideric Handel used this scripture from Isaiah in his famous work, Messiah, first performed in 1742, performed or heard by millions of people since then.


Although it’s usually performed at Christmas, Handel wrote it for Easter.

Handel’s father  was a barber-surgeon. Barber-surgeons were physicians in medieval Europe, who as the name suggests performed surgery, often treating wounds from war injuries. Eventually, surgery and barbery became separate occupations.

When is “Christmas” for you?

Do you plan for Christmas year round, or wait til the week before? What does Christmas mean to you?

Thanks for exploring the Bible, Christmas, and the HEART of health with me.

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Weekend Words from Daily Audio Bible

an invitation to listen with me- Daily Audio Bible



Again this year I invite you to listen to the Bible with me  at Daily Audio Bible, DAB.

You can hear selections from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs  in chronological order every day, in 7 different languages, and in versions for kids and teenagers.

Meet the community and start listening HERE.


Psalm 1, New International Reader’s Version 

“1Blessed is the one who obeys the law of the Lord.

  He doesn’t follow the advice of evil people.

  He doesn’t make a habit of doing what sinners do.

  He doesn’t join those who make fun of the Lord and his law.

  2Instead, he takes delight in the law of the Lord.

  He thinks about his law day and night.

  3He is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water.

  It always bears its fruit at the right time.

  Its leaves don’t dry up.

 Everything godly people do turns out well.”



Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a break from exploring strictly medical topics to read words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

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