Podcast #253: “Christmas Eve in Bethlehem” by Hannah Kerr

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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.

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Repetition
    • Listen to an audio version of the text
    • Remembering the people depicted in the Christmas story were REAL
  • Jen Wilkin’s C.I.A. Method – Comprehension, Interpretation, Application
  • Tackling this week’s question (that falls into the application step), “How would I respond?”
  • The shepherds were real, Mary was real, Joseph was real…you get the idea
  • How the “inn” may have been a family room and the manger may have been in the house – GotQuestions.org
  • When Jesus comes at an inconvenient time, can we be bothered to make room?
  • The warning to the Church at Laodicea that we should heed as well – Revelation 3:15-22
  • Exploring how the shepherds believed – Luke 2:15-17
  • Do I hear truth, go and see it for myself, and then share it with my friends?
  • Taking note from the Magi who journeyed far and at great expense to worship Jesus – Matthew 2:1-12

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This Week’s Challenge

Read or listen to the Christmas story once again in Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2, and John 1. This time, remember that the people found in these accounts were REAL. Put yourself in their shoes. How would you respond? How DO you respond when God’s plans may lead you to give up your own comfort like the family members of Mary and Joseph? When God reveals something new to you do you hear, believe, see for yourself, and then share with others like the shepherds? Are you compelled to worship Jesus as a result of your study of Scripture like the Magi? Pray and ask God to reveal what He wants you to see in the Christmas story this year.


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