Podcast #183: “O God Forgive Us” by For King and Country

Praying Against the Invaders in Psalm 79

Today’s most popular songs, like the Psalms, are often reflective of the times. For King and Country’s song “O God Forgive Us” reflects the issues of our time, but includes an age-old prayer of repentance. We see a cry for deliverance from a very desperate situation in Psalm 79 this week. Perhaps you are crying out from a place of desperation, too.

You can reclaim your identity, cry out for deliverance, and promise praise right along with the psalmist.

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Podcast #182: “Psalm 91 (On Eagle’s Wings)” by Shane & Shane

Dwelling on the Challenge of Psalm 91

I love it when God weaves memories, music, and Truth together to reveal a beautiful tapestry. I often step back and think to myself, “You’ve had this picture planned all along.” Shane & Shane’s rendition of “Psalm 91 (On Eagle’s Wings)” takes me back in time. Only this time, God has something new to say through His Word in this season of my life.

We may barely get past the first verse of Psalm 91 this week, but slowing down has its benefits.

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Podcast #181: “The Gospel” by Ryan Stevenson

A Gospel Journey Through Isaiah 61, Luke 4, and 1 Corinthians 15

Have you ever said a word and all of a sudden begin to question if you are using it properly, or if it’s really a word at all? Maybe that’s just me, but sometimes I wonder if we really understand the gospel. This week’s song, “The Gospel” by Ryan Stevenson, drew me to Scripture to explore and confirm what the good news really is.

Come with me on a journey from a dusty prophet’s desk, to a crowded synagogue, to a compelling apostle’s letter as we consider the gospel.

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Podcast #180: “Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells

Discovering the God of the Hills and Valleys in 1 Kings 20

Sometimes we get lulled into thinking God is only in control in certain situations, but not in others. This is a lie direct from the enemy’s playbook. Tauren Wells’ new song “Hills and Valleys” reminds us that God is the supreme authority over all terrain in our lives. There was a group of Arameans in 1 Kings 20 that learned this same lesson the hard way.

I know that God is the God of the hills and the valleys and I long to trust him in both.

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Podcast #179: “There Is Power” by Lincoln Brewster

Praying in the Name of Jesus in John 14-16

“That’s the way we’ve always done it” has often caused the hair on the back of my neck to stand up. Not that tradition is bad, but understanding WHY we do things should be our motivating factor, not custom. I pray in Jesus’ name, but there is a Scriptural reason why. Lincoln Brewster’s song “There Is Power” reminds us of the power found in the name of Jesus.

Explore God’s Word with me as we discover the power truly found in Jesus’ name.

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Podcast #178: “Forgiven” by Crowder

Scrutinizing the Forgiven in Luke 23

The Bible is rich with characters we can identify with. While individually we are unique, as a human race we often struggle with similar sins and responses. I am encouraged by the words of Crowder’s song “Forgiven,” and am even more encouraged by the truths in Scripture it leads us to examine.

There is not a sin you struggle with that has not beset many before you. In spite of our ability to sin in all sorts of ways with great regularity we stand FORGIVEN.

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Podcast #177: “Shoulders” by For King & Country

Looking Up to the Mountains in Psalm 121

When such a short Psalm reveals so many inspiring characteristics of God, it’s worth our time to spend some time in it. This week’s song, “Shoulders” by For King & Country, leads us right to Psalm 121. In fact, the song begins by quoting the opening verses of Psalm 121!

**This is a repost of Episode #70. I am on vacation in Alaska this week with my family, and I couldn’t resist pulling this one out of the archives because of it’s reference to “the mountains”.**

We’re going to try something new this week to keep your Bible reading engaging! Let’s dive in!

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Reading Scripture out loud
    • Using background music to keep it interesting
    • Ask questions…out loud! (And then write them down in your journal)
  • Psalm 121
  • The significance of the mountains to the Psalmist
  • Comparing and contrasting the characteristics of home with the characteristics of God
  • Reading individual verses in the parallel setting using BibleHub.com
  • This picture…Evernote Camera Roll 20150620 144904you’ll have to listen to understand!
  • The difference between the Hebrew word for sleep and slumber in Psalm 121:4
  • Making sense of the idea that the Lord keeps us from all harm
  • If our enemy is relentless, God’s mercy is more so

 

 

 

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This Week’s Challenge

Pull out Psalm 121 and read it every day. Try reading it in different translations and read it out loud…maybe with some epic background music. Come on! Try it! God isn’t stale…your interaction with His Word shouldn’t be either! I didn’t mention it in the body of the podcast today, but journal your journey! You will be amazed at what will come out when you take time to do that. The Psalmist asked a question…if nothing else, follow the Psalmist’s example and ask a few questions.


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Podcast #176: “Whole Heart” by Brandon Heath

Surveying King Asa's Wholeheartedness in 2 Chronicles 14-16

Go all in. It looks good on a t-shirt. It looks good on a Christ-follower, too. Unfortunately, we are really good at half-way when it comes to our devotion to the Lord. I find myself going in spurts. I’m all in for awhile and then I get distracted. I’m gung-ho in one area, but not in another. Brandon Heath’s new song, “Whole Heart” reminds us to love God the way He wants us to…with our whole heart.

There’s a wonderful story found in 2 Chronicles about King Asa and all of Judah going “all in.”  Will you join me?

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Podcast #175: “Broken Things” by Matthew West

Comparing Jonah and a Parable of Jesus in Matthew 20

We are broken people. As children of God we are stuck in this “already, but not yet” zone where we are new creations and can still respond from our brokenness. Matthew West’s song “Broken Things” brings us great encouragement that God uses damaged people. But Scripture is clear that God wants to redeem and restore us, which will require a mending of our brokenness.

I’m hoping Scripture will touch the deep places in us to reveal prevailing beliefs that God wants to mend.

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What Draws Our Girls to Christ

Guest Post for Prayers for Girls

This started out as a guest post for my friend Teri Lynne Underwood over at Prayers for Girls. Like so many times when I am preparing for my podcast, the message I think God is giving me for “someone else out there,” He is really giving me.

I actually stopped at one point and caught my breath as tears and questions welled up. First, “Who am I, Lord, that you would reveal wisdom to me?” and then “Oh my, Lord, I’ve been doing that haven’t I?”

Although this is written for an audience specifically committed to praying for the girls in their lives, I think the truths in it are for all parents, grandparents, and lovers of children everywhere.


I love Jesus.

I want my girls to love Jesus as much as I do.

So how can I convince them?

At this point the Holy Spirit is pressing the alarm. I can hear the loud buzzing and see the flashing strobe lights. But why? Where am I going wrong? Click here to read the rest of the story on Prayers for Girls.


I can’t wait to get my hands on this new book by Teri Lynne Underwood. If you have girls in your life who are special to you, I encourage you to pre-order this book today! I have been following Teri Lynne’s blog where my guest post is published. Her prayer calendars are an especially valuable resource and you can start using those while you wait for your book to arrive!

In Him,

Michelle
#prayingforgirls