371: A Surprising Gift For Everyone! (A different look at the Christmas Story.)

371: A Surprising Gift For Everyone! (A different look at the Christmas Story.)

We’re doing a DEEP DIVE on the Christmas story.  More specifically… we’re talking about a vantage point on a story that may feel “familiar,” BUT still can have some surprises to it!

Specifically, we’re going to take a deeper look at the story tucked in Matthew 1 and 2 of the New Testament. 

Spoiler Alert: I uncovered some eye-opening elements of the story I’d never seen or thought about before! And wow… were they ever good surprises!  Whether you’re a big fan of reading the Bible or not… this episode has something for you. 

At the VERY least… you’ll hear some things you can use to impress your friends at Christmas parties!  But… if you listen in and stay open… I think you might really appreciate unwrapping these surprise gifts as much as I did! 

So let’s get to this!


This episode talks about some OTHER surprises I found from the Manger story: https://mitchmatthews.com/345/ 

Melissa (my bride) joins me and we talk about some fun prayer stories: www.mitchmatthews.com/207 

I talk about 3 Keys to Having Your Best Holiday Season Yet: www.mitchmatthews.com/105

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How about YOU!?  What stood out to you? Drop a comment and let me know!

And PLEASE share this episode with someone who YOU think would appreciate it and/or might be needing it… right now!  They’ll thank you!

And hey… I wish you a VERY Merry Christmas… and the happiest of Holidays!!!

And of course… know I’m rooting for you!



Episode Minute By Minute:

  • 0:02 What’s inside today’s episode
  • 5:14 Let’s continue our conversation about Christmas traditions
  • 7:30 It’s important to take a new look at the Christmas story
  • 12:08 Hope, direction, and an invitation to rest.
  • 16:44 4 SURPRISING mentions in the Matthew 1
  • 26:22 When Joseph got a big surprise
  • 32:06 How to find your next best step
  • 34:46 What happened to Mitch on a Christmas Eve a few years ago
  • 44:08 Miracles can still happen (Here’s proof!)
  • 48:48 The only one more excited about your dreams than you are
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