Dec 10, 2021
Today, we are going to talk more about unpacking the gift of Emmanuel, God with us, with one of my absolute favorite people, Dorena Williamson. Exactly one hundred episodes ago, Dorena became a part of the simply stories life. She’s a children’s book author, a writer, a pastor’s wife and incredible preacher herself whose passion for God’s people and pursuing Biblically diverse unity in the body of Christ has impacted so many people, including myself, and my family. Her books provide verbiage for examining the language we use about our fellow image bearers and modeling those things to our children so that we can better love and serve like Jesus. We talk about what that looks like in this season, the incredible sacrifice of Christ’s coming at Christmas, and so much more.
Looking back on what all you’ll get to hear in this episode, I just am personally remembering these few takeaways from this conversation:
-The call to portray a gospel-centered view of others when we give and serve others around the holidays. That we don’t place ourselves higher than others, we just learn how to see and engage felt needs in the communities where we live, and love and serve them like a true neighbor. One major way we can do this is by carefully choosing our words and offering a perspective for our children that shows care for others; those that we are serving are or who we may see that are struggling are also part of the body of Christ.
-Pressing into uncomfortable conversations with the children in our lives about what they are inevitably going to encounter or have already encountered with a Gospel centered perspective. Dorena reminds us so beautifully “we are the people of God, we can do this,” And whether its about how we treat others, skin color, sex, friends who have different abilities or a whole long list of other things happening in life, if we don’t engage with our children about these things, something or someone will. The Lord will equip us, and He will meet us in it.
-We break down a good bit of the conversation with Jesus around the story of the Good Samaritan and the heart behind the question “who is my neighbor?” I’m still processing who are my neighbors because the Lord has put them in my path, not because they’re the most comfortable people I feel prepared to connect with, but because the Lord saw fit to place them and me for such a time as this. Will I say yes?
This is such a rich conversation, and I cannot wait for you to hear it. I hope and pray that wherever you are, you find new ways to experience Emmanuel, God with us. I pray that we all choose to press into His presence, and choose to grow because of the light He shines in the dark. God’s not finished with any of us. You matter, friend. And your story matters.
Connecting with Dorena:
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-Dr. Chris’ rap group (I just love this)
-Their church Strong Tower Bible Church in Franklin, TN
-The origin of the USCT after the Emancipation Proclamation
-Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies (the first one), the newest one is Mama Bear Apologetics Guide to Sexuality: Empowering Your Kids to Understand and Live Out God’s Design
Isaiah 43:1-7-God created us uniquely to express His glory
Genesis 1:28-31-We are all made in God’s image
Eph 2:14-Eph 2:15-Jesus broke down dividing walls
Matthew 6:10-Experiencing the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven
Hebrews 13:8-Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever
Jesus died and rose from the grave (lots of verses)
Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2-The Christmas story
2 Samuel 11-David and Bathsheeba
Matthew 1-Jesus’ lineage
Luke 2:41-52 Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3; John 2:12; John 7:3; John 7:5; John 7:10;-struggles with Jesus’ earthly parents and siblings
John 19:25-27-Jesus cared for his mother from the cross
Acts 1 and 2 - birth of the Church and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:44-47 -how they broke bread and they cared for each other / they sold their possessions and shared with those who didn’t have
Acts 6:1-7-the widows that were being passed over
Matthew 16:24-26-deny ourselves and take up the cross and follow Jesus
Luke 10:25-37-”but who is my neighbor?” (which is part of the conversation with the love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and The Good Samaritan)
Psalm 139:23-24-search me and know my heart
John 16:33- in this world you WILL have trouble
Matthew 5:27-28-You haven’t murdered, but have you hated? You haven’t committed adultery, but have you known lust?
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