Entry No. 1: ‘Joy to the World’

*Sigh* The first video I posted wouldn’t play, and now I’m out of order–so here’s the first entry in our annual Christmas Carol Contest–Joy to the World, requested by Phoebe, written by Isaac Watts in 1719 and still going very, very strong! Sung in an open-air train by students at Fountainview Academy.

‘Joy to the World Because Our King Reigns’

Joy to the World inspired this wonderful essay by Mark Rushdoony.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/joy-to-the-world-because-our-king-reigns

Yes, as Mark points out, our world is in a heap of trouble just now. Our culture is polluted with a deep spiritual pollution. Our “leaders” push self-destructive, even suicidal, policies. Rebelling against God, they are in rebellion against reality itself. That’s what “transgender” is all about.

But the Christmas hymn presents the truth in all its power: Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, reigning both in heaven and on the earth; and He has already lifted the curse. Evil will play itself out.

Thank you, Mark, for reminding us.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

Well, here they are on that little train again, packing the seats and the aisles with Christmas music…

Requested by Thewhiterabbit, Joy to the World–with the train ride, of course, brought to you by Fountainview Academy.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

There are so many renditions of this hymn available, I don’t know which to choose! Well, let’s try this one–by an unnamed “traditional choir.”

Requested by SlimJim, Joy to the World–written in 1719 by Isaac Watts and still going very strong indeed today.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

I hope these Christmas hymns stir your soul as they stir mine. Christmas is beautiful–the Word of God come down to us from Heaven as a baby in a manger! God with us!

Requested by Phoebe, written by Isaac Watts, performed by “a traditional choir”–Joy to the World.

I’ll be back with more carols, and Byron’s TV listings, in a little while.

‘Joy to the World’

Yes, I know, I know it’s not Christmas yet. But there was this Fountainview Academy video of Joy to the World sitting there and saying, “Post me, come on, post me!” So I did.

This is a gorgeous production, and I’m not ashamed to say it brought a tear of joy to my eye.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

Welcome aboard, Rosy Marr, entering our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest with this–Joy to the World, by the Wissmann Family. I do enjoy the sound of this! Who said you can’t do classical music with a banjo.

Remember–the contest winner will get an autographed copy of one of my books (your choice). Sorry, no bicycles.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

Requested by Erlene, Joy to the World–and I can’t do better than Nat King Cole, can I?

Our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest has begun; and don’t worry if the carol you want to request has already been posted. And don’t worry about us running out of carols!

Sing for Christmas!

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

Christmas in July? Well, I don’t turn down hymn requests. Requested by Joshua, Joy to the World, performed by Jannik and David Doring, on pan-flute and guitar.

I admit I’m partial to Christmas music all year round.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’ (in April!)

This was a mighty good idea that Joshua had–to post Joy to the World… because we need it now, we need reminding that the Lord our Savior has come, has been here, has purchased our salvation– We celebrate His birth at Christmas, but Jesus Christ is Lord over all the days of the year, our shepherd and our king forever.

Sung by Fernando Ortega.