Still Surprised

Are you ready to be 'wowed' again by the wonder of Christmas?  An advent series from Bob Disher aimed at restoring child-like anticipation and awe for re-hearing the story of Christmas this year.

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Surprise Gifts (Part 1) Bob Disher 12/01/2013 Watch Listen

Surprise Gifts
DECEMBER 1, 2013

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea when Herod was king.  After Jesus’ birth wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem.  They asked, “Where is the one who was born to be the king of the Jews?  We saw his star rising and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2: 1-2 (GW)

During this time some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem …
Matthew 2: 1 (CEV)

They asked, “Where is the baby who was born to be the king of the Jews?”
Matthew 2: 2 (GW)

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.  He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
Matthew 2: 3-4 (NLT)

The king’s advisors answered, “In the town of Bethlehem in Judea.”
Matthew 2: 5 (NCV)

“The day will come, says the Lord, when I will do for Israel and Judah all the good things I have promised them.  “In those days and at that time I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line.  He will do what is just and right throughout the land.  In that day Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety.
Jeremiah 33: 14-16 (NLT)

“Where is the one who was born to be the king of the Jews?”
Matthew 2: 2 (GW)

“Messiah will be born in Bethlehem, just as the prophet wrote, ’Bethlehem in the land of Judea, you are very important among the towns of Judea.  From your town will come a leader, who will be like a shepherd for my people Israel.’”
Matthew 2: 5-6 (CEV)

As Jesus came near the city of Jericho, a blind man was sitting beside the road, begging.  When he heard the people coming down the road, he asked, “What is happening?”  They told him, “Jesus, from Nazareth, is going by.”  The blind man cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  The people leading the group warned the blind man to be quiet.  But the blind man shouted even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Luke 18: 35-39 (NCV)

Jesus stopped and ordered the blind man to be brought to him.  When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Luke 18: 40-41 (NCV)

Rejoice, O people of Zion!  Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!  Look, your king is coming to you gentle … victorious … riding on a donkey …
Zechariah 9: 9 (NLT)

When Jesus came closer and saw the city, he began to cry.
Luke 19: 41 (GW)

As Jesus came near Jerusalem, he saw the city and cried for it, saying, “I wish you knew today what would bring you peace.”
Luke 19: 41-42 (NCV)

The wise men asked, “Where is the one who was born to be the king of the Jews?  We saw his star rising and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2: 2 (GW)

The Underdog (Part 2) Bob Disher 12/08/2013 Watch Listen




The Underdog

DECEMBER 8, 2013



Pilate went outside again and said to the people, “I am going to bring him out to you now, but understand clearly that I find him not guilty.”  Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.  And Pilate said, “Look, here is the man!”  When they saw him, the leading priests and Temple guards began shouting, “Crucify him!”

“Take him yourselves and crucify him,” Pilate said.  “I find him not guilty.”  The Jewish leaders replied, “By our law he ought to die because he called himself the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this … he took Jesus back into the headquarters again and asked him, “Where are you from?”  But Jesus gave no answer.  “Why don’t you talk to me?” Pilate demanded.  “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?”  Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from God.”

 Pilate brought Jesus out to them again … and Pilate said to the people, “Look, here is your king!”

“Away with him,” they yelled. “Away with him! Crucify him!”

“What?  Crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the priests shouted back.

Then Pilate caved into their demand and turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.

John 19 (selected verses from NLT)



Pilate ordered the charge against Jesus to be written on a board and put above the cross.  It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”  The words were written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.

John 19: 19-20 (CEV)



The chief priests went to Pilate and said, “Why did you write that he is King of the Jews?  You should have written, ‘He claimed to be King of the Jews.’”  But Pilate told them, “What is written will not be changed!”

John 19: 21-22 (CEV)



“Where is the baby who was born to be the king of the Jews?

Matthew 2: 2 (CEV)



Everyone had to go to their own hometown to register for the census.

Luke 2: 3 (CEV)




So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go up to Bethlehem in Judea.  Long ago Bethlehem had been King David’s hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David’s family.

Luke 2: 4 (CEV)



So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother.  But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son, he was afraid to go there.  So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth.  This fulfilled what the prophets had said ? “He will be called a Nazarene.”

Matthew 2: 21-23 (NLT)



The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.  For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.  For unto us a child is born to us, a son is given to us.  The government will rest on his shoulders.  And he will be called - Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9: 2; 6 (NLT)



The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.”  Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.

John 1: 43-44 (NLT)



“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

John 1: 46 (NLT)



The Lord himself will give you the sign.  The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

Isaiah 7: 14 (NLT)



For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.  The government will rest on his shoulders.  And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9: 6 (NLT)



Then a shoot will come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from its roots will bear fruit.

Isaiah 11: 1 (GW)



Then a shoot will come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from its roots will bear fruit.  The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him …

Isaiah 11: 1-2 (GW)



The strength of those who wait with hope in the Lord will be renewed.  They will soar on wings like eagles.  They will run and won’t become weary.  They will walk and won’t grow tired.

Isaiah 40: 31 (GW)






Ground Zero (Part 3) Bob Disher 12/15/2013 Watch Listen


Ground Zero

DECEMBER 15, 2013


So Rachel died, and they buried her on the way to Ephrata (which is also known as Bethlehem).

Genesis 35: 19 (TVT)



But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah.  Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.

Micah 5: 2 (NLT)



Mary’s fiancé Joseph, from Nazareth in Galilee, had to participate in the census in the same way everyone else did.  Because he was a descendant of King David, his ancestral city was Bethlehem, David’s birthplace.  Mary, who was now late in her pregnancy that the messenger Gabriel had predicted,  accompanied Joseph.  While in Bethlehem, she went into labor and gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped the baby in a blanket and laid Him in a feeding trough because the inn had no room for them.

Luke 2: 4-6 (TVT)



While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have her child.

Luke 2: 6 (GW)



She gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there wasn’t any room for them in the inn.

Luke 2: 7 (GW)



“You are the light of the world — like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.  Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.”

Matthew 5: 14-15 (NLT)



Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.  How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

Luke 1: 46-47 (NLT)



The Samaritan went over to him, stopped the bleeding, applied some first aid, and put the poor fellow on his donkey.  He brought the man to an inn and cared for him through the night.

Luke 10: 34 (TVT)



She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there wasn’t any room for them …

Luke 2: 7 (GW)



That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them.  They were terrified, but the angel reassured them.  “Don’t be afraid!” he said.  “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior — yes, the Messiah, the Lord — has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

Luke 2: 8-11 (NLT)



You will recognize him by this sign …

Luke 2: 12 (NLT)



You will know you have found Him when you see a baby, wrapped in a blanket, lying in a feeding trough.

Luke 2: 12 (TVT)



Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others — the armies of heaven — praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Luke 2: 13-14 (NLT)



The angel said, “You will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Luke 2: 12 (NLT)


Jesus said, “When you enter the city, you’ll encounter a man carrying a jar of water.  Just follow him wherever he goes, and when he enters a house, tell the homeowner, “The Teacher has this question for you: ‘Where is the guest room where I can share the Passover meal with My disciples?’”

Luke 22: 10-11 (TVT)


Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.

1 Corinthians 5: 7 (NLT)



The Awesomest...Most Gnourmous Surprise! (Part 4) Bob Disher 12/22/2013 Watch Listen

May you have the power to understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep the love of Jesus is.

Ephesians 3: 18 (NLT)




Who has scooped up the ocean in his two hands, or measured the sky between his thumb and little finger.  Who has put all the earth’s dirt in one of his baskets, weighed each mountain and hill?

Isaiah 40: 12 (TVT)




God has measured the oceans in the palm of his hand?  He has used his hand to measure the sky?

Isaiah 40: 12 (NCV)


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