Podcast #240: “No Matter What” by Ryan Stevenson

Examining Our Secure Salvation in Colossians

No matter what, once you truly belong to Jesus, you are HIS, and if you are HIS you will remain HIS. This does not mean a perfect life, but one that is marked with evidence and imperfect progress walking in newness of life and not returning to a life of death. Ryan Stevenson sings of this question in his song “No Matter What” and it leads us to examine a letter from Paul and Timothy to the Colossians.
Let Scripture answer your many questions about whether or not you can lose your salvation.

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Podcast #239: “Even Then” by Micah Tyler

Praising Like Habakkuk Even When Your World is Falling Apart

There’s no free pass from suffering for Christians. I wish there were. I have dear friends who are wrestling with God during sickness, conflict, strife, and injustice. Habakkuk wrestled, too. In fact, his name means embrace like a wrestler. May we embrace God’s character through faith while wrestling through our circumstances. Perhaps Micah Tyler’s song “Even Then” can be a part of the soundtrack.

You will be refreshed at Habakkuk’s honesty as we study the entire three chapters of this prophet’s contribution to God’s Word.

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Podcast #238: “Living Hope” by Phil Wickham

Exploring Our Living Hope in 1 Peter 1

Stale. Fake. Dead. Dying. Faded. Worthless. Delusional. There are all kinds of hope in this world, but believers in Christ are born again into a living hope. Phil Wickham’s song “Living Hope” leads us straight to Scripture where we discover that a Living God gives us a Living Hope through a Living Savior.

The original recipients of 1 Peter needed assurance of their living hope as they were suffering greatly. Let’s explore it together.

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Podcast #237: “Known” by Tauren Wells

Discovering the How, How Much, and Why We Are Known by God in Psalm 139

You are not invisible.

You are known.

Tauren Well’s song “Known” sings about it and so does David in Psalm 139. When you let the truths of this Psalm sink into your being it will change you.

Join me this week as we break it all down.

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Podcast #236: “Better For It” by Riley Clemmons

Exploring the Suffering of Joseph in Genesis 37-50

My eyes are different now that I’m older. When something is too close to my face it gets all blurry and I can’t see it clearly. That’s how suffering is. When we’re too close to it we sometimes can’t see clearly how God might be able to use it to develop our character or impact His Kingdom. Riley Clemmon’s song “Better For It” reminds us that our good is on the other side of it all.

Joseph had some growing up to do and his suffering not only made him “better for it,” but changed the course of history.

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Podcast #235: “What a Friend” by Matt Maher

Finding Friendship with Christ in John 15

Picture the best friend you’ve ever had. Friendship with Jesus is nothing like that. It’s deeper, richer, more meaningful, and more life-giving than the best friendship you’ve ever had. The effects of being Christ’s friend will make you a better person and more useful to the Kingdom of God than you could ever imagine. Matt Maher’s song, “What a Friend,” inspired me to explore what Scripture has to say about being friends with Jesus.

I learned something new this week. I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Podcast #234: “Everything” by TobyMac

Seeing God in Everything in 1 Timothy 4

One of my favorite names of God is El Roi — the God who Sees. While God’s sight is perfect, it’s our spiritual eyes that need attention. We’re going to talk about seeing God in everything using TobyMac’s song “Everything” as our inspiration and Scripture as our teacher.

I pray that your eyes will be opened to recognize the magnificent in the midst of the mundane.

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Podcast #233: “Psalm 46” by Shane & Shane

God in the Midst of Us in Psalm 46

Trouble is inevitable, but I am strengthened by the knowledge that the Lord of Hosts is with us. Shane & Shane take Psalm 46 and help us sing it as a declaration of truth and praise in their song “Psalm 46 (Lord of Hosts).”

Walk with me through this Psalm this week.

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Podcast #232: “You Say” by Lauren Daigle

Discovering What God Really Says in Ephesians 2, 2 Corinthians 12, & Isaiah 41 & 43

It is so easy for me to fall into the trap of allowing what others think of me to determine my identity. There is really only ONE who has the authority to tell me who I am…and that is my Creator. Lauren Daigle’s new song “You Say” inspired a sort of scavenger hunt through Scripture to discover who we really are in HIM.

Let’s discover what God’s Word has to say about it and stand in faith and belief on what it says.

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Podcast #231: “Resurrection Power” by Chris Tomlin

Investigating God's Immeasurably Great Power in Ephesians 1

I’ve always wondered how anyone who personally experienced the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead could just turn and live their lives as always — some actually allowing it to fuel their hate and rejection of Jesus as the Messiah. How could they witness such immense power and not be changed? Chris Tomlin’s song “Resurrection Power” reminds us that believers have this power living on the inside.

Paul prays for a significant gift for the Ephesians that we need from God as well. Join me in investigating this prayer.

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