Podcast #136: “Live Like You’re Loved” by Hawk Nelson

An Example of Living Loved Through the Life of Joseph in Genesis 37-50

There is something that happens when you begin to understand that you are fully loved by God. But it is an entirely different process to start LIVING loved. Hawk Nelson’s song, “Live Like You’re Loved,” sent me on a journey through a good portion of Genesis to examine the life of a man who gives us an example of living loved.

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Get lost in the story of Joseph with me this week. I hope it will challenge you as much as it has challenged me.

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Podcast #135: “Magnify” by We Are Messengers

Putting a Spotlight on God in Psalm 34

“You’re making this into a bigger deal than it needs to be.” How many times have I either been on the giving OR receiving end of this statement? That’s what it means to magnify a situation. We make something appear larger than it is. The thing is, we will NEVER be able to “over-magnify” God. There is never a time where we will fully understand how “large” He is. The power comes in when we magnify God over our situation. This is what the song, “Magnify” by We Are Messengers calls us to do.

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Let’s head over to Psalm 34 and magnify the Lord together. I want to realign where my hope is set until He’s all that’s left.

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Podcast #134: “To Live Is Christ” by Sidewalk Prophets

Poring Over Philippians 1

I don’t know about you, but I tend to overload myself with distractions and messages. So much so, that I find it difficult to slow down enough to meditate on a thought, on Scripture, or on what God is saying to me. Singing Scripture is a way to meditate on it; and what better way than to use “To Live Is Christ” by Sidewalk Prophets? After all, the lyrics in the chorus come STRAIGHT from Scripture in Philippians chapter 1.

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Here we find Paul able to find joy in difficult circumstances. Let’s consider how that might be possible for us.

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Podcast #133: “Never Too Far Gone” by Jordan Feliz

Surveying Saul's Conversion in Galatians 1 and Acts 9

We can hide from God about as well as a toddler hiding under the dining room table in plain sight with eyes tightly shut. Just as He doesn’t abandon us when we are trying to hide from Him, God doesn’t abandon us when we stray from Him either. Jordan Feliz’ song “Never Too Far Gone” leads us to consider the “before Christ” and “after Christ” impact on Paul.

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Join me in two sections of Scripture this week as we reflect on the life of someone who seemed “too far gone.”

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Podcast #132: “Every Giant Will Fall” by Rend Collective

Gaining Perspective in Deuteronomy 1

We all need a good anthem to sing at the top of our lungs as we open the sun roof and crank the radio! Oh, wait — maybe that’s just me. “Every Giant Will Fall” by Rend Collective definitely fits the “great anthem” bill, all the while leading us to consider God’s ways and our response when faced with giants.

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Let’s consider how the Israelite people responded to the giants occupying their promised land.

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Podcast #131: “Mended” by Matthew West

Getting to Know Mary Magdalene

The characters in God’s Word are so rich with lives we can relate to and experiences we can learn from. Matthew West’s song, “Mended,” caused me to look into the life of Mary Magdalene. Mary was broken, but Jesus mended her and changed her life and eternity.

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Join me as we follow some practical steps to study the life of Mary Magdalene.

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Podcast #130: “That’s How You Forgive” by Shane & Shane

Exploring the Scope of God's Forgiveness in Psalm 103

If we fully understood the scope of God’s forgiveness, we would be more grateful and more gracious. That has been my personal challenge this week as I used Shane & Shane’s song, “That’s How You Forgive,” to explore just HOW God forgives.

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Join me on this very powerful journey to explore the depths of God’s forgiveness and what it means to and for us.

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Podcast #129: “Christ In Me” by Jeremy Camp

Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus in Hebrews 12

In this season of the Olympics it is only appropriate to explore an athletic topic as a metaphor to our faith. I heard a returning Olympic athlete say that the medal he received four years ago, while wonderful, was the “wrong color.” For this athlete, gold is his standard. Jeremy Camp sings about another high standard in his song, “Christ In Me.”

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Join me in exploring Hebrews 12 as we commit to running the race set before us with our eye on the prize. Finishing strong is the only option.

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Podcast #128: “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson feat. Gabe Real

Knowing Who God is in the Midst of Chaos in Psalm 46

The most compelling music in our lives often speaks to the deepest riddles of our soul. “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson speaks of various storms that have impacted all of us at some point or another. However, I believe the song’s greatest impact lies in the comfort it brings to those of us in the middle of our own storms of life. The lyrics bring comfort by proclaiming the presence and provision of God.

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This song led me to the Psalms this week to seek confirmation of God’s character, promises, and presence in the middle of my own storms.

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Podcast #127: “Clean” by Natalie Grant

Washing for Restoration in 2 Kings 5

We all have hidden places in us that seem “too dirty” to bring into the light. God’s Word washes us to make us holy in His sight. Unfortunately, we avoid the very solution that can bring cleansing and healing, oftentimes because we expected a different solution.

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Naaman was like this, and we read about him in 2 Kings 5. Head with me over there this week!

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