Podcast #145: “Join The Angels” by Matthew West

Examining God's Special Messengers in Luke 1 & 2

Christmastime is here! I love this season! I love the music, I love the traditions, I love the decorations, I love the food, and I love taking extra time examining the reason we celebrate this Holy Day. This week I am excited to use Matthew West’s new song, “Join the Angels,” to inspire us to pore over the Christmas story.

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The angels had a pretty important role in the story of Christ coming to earth as a human. Let’s delve into exactly what they had to say together!

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #95: “What a Glorious Night” by Sidewalk Prophets

Taking a Closer Look at the Shepherds in Luke 2

Reviewing the Christmas story can warm our hearts with the familiar, but examining the characters in new ways can bring a richness to the story you may never have considered. Sidewalk Prophet’s song, “What a Glorious Night,” puts the shepherds (and their experience in the Christmas story) front and center. It gives us a unique opportunity to consider this repeated story in a fresh and exciting way.

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I pray my response to God’s message will always be the same as the shepherds that glorious night.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #94: “Just a Girl” by Brandon Heath

A Look at the Inconvenient Truth in Luke 2

How many times have we missed the miracle because there was “no room” for the inconvenient? The birth of Jesus was messy, and loud, and inconvenient, and yet some embraced it and some like the innkeeper sung about in Brandon Heath’s song, “Just a Girl,” missed out on welcoming the Savior of the World.

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I wonder how many miracles we’ve missed because we said, “no,” out of inconvenience?

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #43: Light of the World by Lauren Daigle & Luke 2

I love how this week’s song leads us to the Christmas story AND deep into God’s Word searching out details about the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.  Lauren Daigle’s “Light of the World”, includes lyrics we can relate to and that point us back to God’s Word.

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If you feel like you are walking in darkness, please know that the sunrise has visited us from on high to give you light and guide your feet into the way of peace.

On this week’s episode I discuss:

  • Our desire for the “next thing”
  • Giving yourself the margin to allow truth to sink in
  • Luke 2:13-14 where the multitude of angels appeared to the shepherds
  • Zachariah’s prophecy over John that includes details about Jesus in Luke 1:76-79
  • Matthew 4:16 describing the Light that has dawned (cross reference in Isaiah 9:2)
  • Jesus referring to Himself as the Light of the World in John 8:12

 

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If you have never heard this song before, you can watch the lyric video on YouTube below.

 

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This Week’s Challenge

Read Luke 1 & 2…again. This time focus on the areas we talked about today — Zechariah’s prophecy, the angels and the shepherds, or any other part you find yourself skipping over. Want to go deeper? Do a search in BibleHub.com or BibleGateway.com for “light of the world”. Read the verses you find in context and chase down some cross references.

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