HOSTS & GUESTS
Johnny Daigle – Guest
Paul Brandes – Host
Eyes of Faith: Exploring the Advent Season and Christmas
In this episode of theFormed.life podcast, host Paul Brandes sits down with our on-staff guest, Johnny Daigle, to talk about the Christmas season. Together they explore Christmas through the eyes of faith and how sacrifice can be a powerful spiritual discipline during the holiday season. They reflect on the stories of characters like Ruth, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, and the Wise Men and shed light on the interplay of faith and sacrifice. Join them as they unravel the profound significance of these characters’ experiences and discuss the hope for the listeners to identify their next step of faith during this special time of the year.
THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:
- Seeing through the eyes of faith: Johnny and Paul emphasize the significance of seeing life through the eyes of faith, where faith is described as a form of perception beyond sight. It’s about stepping beyond what can be controlled and facilitating God’s work beyond human control.
- Sacrifice as a spiritual discipline: They highlight how sacrifice as a spiritual discipline is pivotal, emphasizing the importance of sacrificing for others and abandoning personal security to trust in God’s provision. This perspective is connected to the characters in the Advent series, reflecting the idea of offering oneself to help others and experiencing God’s provision.
- Living out the light of God with us: Johnny and Paul underscore the idea that the light of God with us should resonate throughout the year, not just during the Christmas season. The hope is to encourage individuals to identify their next steps of faith, embracing the call to sacrificially step into and experience God’s presence in a deeper and more profound way.
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Johnny Daigle was born and raised on the north side of Pittsburgh, PA, and met his wife Kelly at Wheaton College. They stayed in Chicago after graduating in 2015, and in 2019 Johnny began attending Trinity International University to pursue his Masters in Divinity. Johnny and Kelly have two children Benjamin and Zoe. In 2022 the Daigles moved to Kansas City and Johnny joined the Christ Community staff.
“But when you stepped out on the reality of God, it is so much more blessed because God is there at the end. When you step out, you’re stepping into the hand of God and he will uphold you. And that’s what Jesus shows, and that’s what we get to do.” — Johnny Daigle
“What does it look like for us to really sacrifice with an expectation and an eye on something that God can do far beyond what we could control or manipulate on our own terms?” — Johnny Daigle
“Why do we do lights? Well, Jesus is the light of the world. Why do we give gifts? Because Jesus is the greatest gift ever given, and we rehearse that. And it’s easy with the secularization of Christmas to kind of forget those fundamental truths.” —Paul Brandes
00:00 Meaningful Christmas lights symbolize Jesus as light.
03:08 Christmas is about faith, love, and joy.
06:43 Inspired by faith to see beyond appearance.
11:32 Form Life offers online resources for spiritual growth.
12:55 Sacrifice expands beyond self for others.
17:56 The death of Christ leads to the blessing of sacrifice.
19:50 Identify the next step of faith, and embrace sacrifice.
23:07 Colleagues enjoy Johnny’s loud and regular singing.