Have you ever been asked to, “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” That’s exactly the journey I took this week as I used Hannah Kerr’s “Christmas Eve in Bethlehem” to lead me to the Christmas story once again.
This time through the Christmas story we’ll seek to place ourselves inside the story and see how the story would/should go in our lives today.
“Jesus is Alive” is not normally a Christmas greeting, but I guess it could be! Josh Wilson’s song “Jesus is Alive” reminds us all that Christ first came to life in human form as a baby in Bethlehem so long ago. That breath changed everything! When Jesus came back to life after Calvary, that breath changed everything again! So whether we are thinking of Christmas or the Resurrection, let’s declare that Jesus is alive!
There is joy in the coming of Christ, but that doesn’t mean that His coming eliminated all grief. Let’s explore the two together.
Lights are a major part of modern-day Christmas decorating traditions. It’s what completes the tree, or lights up small-town streets. The lights of Christmas and Matt Redman’s Christmas song “These Christmas Lights” are our inspiration to explore Scripture all about the Light of the World.
Use the lights of Christmas to remind you that Jesus is the true light.
When you drive up to a traffic circle and encounter a red triangular sign, it triggers a behavior to yield to traffic in the circle. If you’re married and gaze upon your wedding band, it may trigger memories of your wedding day or perhaps just bring your spouse’s face to mind. There are signs and symbols everywhere that prick our memories or guide our behaviors — especially at Christmas. This week, we will use “Noel” as sung by Lauren Daigle on Chris Tomlin’s Christmas album to point us to the symbols of Christmas and Scriptural truth we can take with us all year long.
Invest in some time learning Scripture references that the symbols of Christmas can spark in your mind for years to come.
Comparing and Contrasting Accounts of Christ's Birth in the Gospels
What do you think of when you think of Christmas? Family traditions? Decorations? Gift giving and receiving? When Hillsong Worship sings “When I Think Upon Christmas” they sing of the greatest gift of all time…Jesus, God with us, Savior of the world.
Let’s take a close look at the accounts of the birth of Christ together.
Lingering in Psalm 148, Daniel 6, Jonah 2, and Isaiah 26
How could I miss that? The answer is usually because I’m not paying attention. Dennis Jernigan’s song, “Thank You, Lord,” might not be a new worship anthem, but it gives us a great structure to linger in some areas of Scripture we’ve covered in the past few weeks on the podcast. It will do our hearts good to go back over some ground we’ve covered to see if there might be something we missed that we can turn into thanksgiving to our God.
Try a new technique to tarry in God’s Word with new purpose.
Maybe it’s too many Hallmark Movies, but I love it when the protagonist leans in and puts her head on the shoulder of the man she’s fallen in love with. In that act there is a sense of love, safety, and trust. In the song by The Belonging Co, “Peace Be Still,” Lauren Daigle sings about faith rising up and peace reigning. This very thing shows up in another song found in the book of Isaiah where we learn to “lean in” to our Father through trust.
Join me as we explore the words of this Old Testament prophet.
Do you ever feel like you are drowning with seaweed wrapped around your head? It’s a pretty descriptive picture of distress that I see in Scripture AND in Avril Lavigne’s new song, “Head Above Water.” When we’re drowning in life let’s cry out to God for rescue because “salvation belongs to the Lord!”
Let’s talk about Jonah, Jesus, and the folly of taking things into our own hands.
Gauging Our Confidence Against Daniel, Moses, and David
The world today has a way taking good and noble things and twisting them into something God never intended. As we spend time in Scripture inspired by Sanctus Real’s song “Confidence,” the stark contrast between God’s way and the world’s way rises to the surface.
Join me as we jump into God’s Word and combat bad ideas with truth.
Comparing Our Worship With All of Creation in Genesis 1 and Psalm 148
The Psalmist readily acknowledges that all of creation praises God. Humans are mentioned in just two verses that call on God’s heavenly and earthly creation to worship Him in Psalm 148. Hillsong United sings of this in their song “So Will I” when they lyrically recognize that our praise is not unique to humankind.
Join me as we consider the ramifications of our worship.