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Advent Paper Chain
Countdown To Christmas

Here's a decoration and an activity, all rolled into one, which you can put together with the whole family.  It’s all the pieces you need to make a decorative paper chain to count down the days of Advent leading up to Christmas and the birth of our Savior. You can print the free PDFs on color paper.



Advent Music and Hymns
Songs of the Season

Advent hymns? You bet! The beautiful hymns of Advent express our longing and desire for Christ. They put to into music the wanting, waiting and welcome that prepares our hearts and led us to Christmas and the celebration of the birth of our Savior. 

Red Boots For Christmas

Watch The Holiday Classic
"Red Boots For Christmas"

Enjoy the animated classic, "Red Boots For Christmas," from Lutheran Hour Ministries. It tells the story of grumpy Hans the shoemaker who is visited by an angel who promises him a special gift for Christmas. You can watch it here free.


What Is Advent?
A Three-Minute Introduction

Advent is a time of waiting, hope, and anticipation. We pray that this video will help you understand the meaning of Advent as we celebrate Jesus' birth and look forward to a second advent, when Jesus comes again. Explore the story of our Savior and God's plan for us. 

Joseph: Carpenter Of Steel

JosephCarpenter of Steel
Video Bible Study

The man driving the Christmas story in this Bible study is none other than Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus. Join us as host Dr. Gregory Seltz sheds light on one of the New Testament's unsung heroes.  Watch this excellent four-part video study.

Christmas Classics from LHM

Enjoy Three Christmas Favorites With Your Family

Enjoy these three beloved Christmas specials the Emmy Award-winning story, "The Stableboy's Christmas," and the animated treasures, "Christmas Is," and "The City That Forgot About Christmas" featuring Benji and Waldo.


Christmas eCards & Paper
For Your Family And Friends

Here's a free and easy way to send Christmas greetings. You are welcome to copy and paste eCards from our selection into your text messages, email, or social media. You can also print out a PDF on your color printer for a paper foldable card which you can mail.

The Real St. Nick

The Real St. Nick
A Single-Session Video

This single-session Bible study, hosted by the Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus-Speaker of The Lutheran Hour, examines a man who, next to Jesus Christ, is the most visible figure during the holidays—St. Nicholas or Santa Claus—as we know him in Western culture.

My Son, My Savior Film

Watch The Moving Film,
"My Son, My Savior"

The coming, life and ministry of Jesus told from the perspective of His mother Mary. It portrays Mary experiencing and pondering the miracle of Jesus’ coming and humbly growing in her understanding that her son is also her Savior.

Advent Wreath

From The Stump of Jesse Comes The Family of God
Advent Devotional Booklets

Advent provides a wonderful time of prayer and preparation leading up to Christmas. These weekly devotional booklets for 2022, prepared by a variety of pastors from around the country, focus on our Savior's family tree. You can read, download and share a free booklet each week.


Life This Side of Heaven

"We walk by faith not by sight”

(2 Corinthians 5:7)


Jesus gives us life with Him now and eternal life in heaven. Real life. But where is it?


You and I experience sin, shame and suffering in this world every day. Where is this life that Jesus talks about? It's easy to get bogged down by the weight of all that we experience on this side of heaven.


It's into the midst of all of this that Jesus has come and has rescued us. When we look for evidence of God's love He directs our focus to His Son, to Jesus, on the cross.

In love, Jesus took our sin and shame upon Himself. By His suffering and death on the cross you have the forgiveness of all of your sins. And Jesus is with us now and brings that comfort and mercy to us every day in His Word, in Holy Baptism, and in the Lord's Supper.


Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday these daily audio devotions will take us into God's Word and to the cross so that we may rejoice – not just when the day comes when we are standing before His throne, but even now. In Lamentations 3:21-24 we hear, "Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.'” Here's Good News to hear every day of our life this side of heaven.   

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Rev. David Tannahill

Retired LCMS Lutheran Pastor

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