PART 1: He wrote it in three short weeks, never leaving home and hardly eating. Listen as Dr. Ruth Smith recounts the amazing story of why Christian composer George Frederick Handel wrote the musical masterpiece called “Messiah.”

PART 2: Most of us have heard the Hallelujah Chorus, but have you ever heard about the powerful spiritual moment Handel experienced when he wrote his most famous song?

PART 3: “Comfort ye my people.” That’s what the Lord says to the prophet in Isaiah 40. But how does this little verse tell us about the promised Messiah and what he came to do?

PART 4: One of the greatest oratorios ever written didn’t premier in a concert hall or a cathedral. Instead, Handel’s Messiah was first played at a hospital. Find why when you listen to today’s program.

PART 5: “Thus saith the Lord.” Nothing commands our attention quite like these words. When the Lord speaks, power comes forth—a power that can both comfort and confront us. Here’s why that’s good news.

PART 1: The Story Behind the Masterpiece
November 16, 2020
PART 2: Handel’s Hallelujah Moment
November 17, 2020
PART 3: What Jesus Came To Do
November 18, 2020
PART 4: For Lost and Wayward Souls
November 19, 2020
PART 5: Warning and Promise
November 20, 2020

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