Podcast #251: “These Christmas Lights” by Matt Redman

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

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.

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Read in context
    • Slow down – linger
    • Repetition – this is the third week in Christmas story Scriptures
    • Read and keep on reading
    • Follow the cross-references
  • My struggle with lingering
  • Considering the Christmas story after lingering in the knowledge of previous episodes (episode 248)
  • The angels were doing what they were created to do – Luke 2:13-14, Psalm 148:5-6
  • Praise the Lord…and sometimes use words
  • Using Christmas lights to remind me of the glory of the Lord shining around the shepherds the night of our Savior’s birth – Luke 2:9
  • Using Christmas lights to remind me that Jesus is the true light that gives light to everyone – John 1:9-14
  • Using Christmas lights to remind me that Jesus is a great light in the darkness – Isaiah 9:1-2, Matthew 4:12-17
  • Using Christmas lights to remind me of the call on my life to shine and reflect – Matthew 5:14-16
  • Not observing the lights and looking away, but tarrying in His splendor

Enjoy the official lyrics and chords video on YouTube below.

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This Week’s Challenge

This week I explored the topic of light related to Christ’s birth but allowed what God has been teaching me to guide my path in Scripture. When I followed his lead, it took me back to Psalm 148 to link all that I’ve learned together. I encourage you to do the same. Read Scripture, but take time to meditate on it and consider what God may be revealing to you before quickly moving on to something else. (And yes, I explored new areas in Matthew and Isaiah, too. Sometimes I can’t help myself.)

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