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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Podcast #126: “Diamonds” by Hawk Nelson

Reviewing the Refining Process

Is it possible to be grateful for pain? It’s all about perspective. We are all willing to endure pain if we believe the final result to be worth it. Hawk Nelson’s song, “Diamonds,” has me thinking about the refining process. This song, and the Scripture we uncover on this episode, may be the revelation you need to make it through whatever fiery trial you are enduring.

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Stick with me and you will see that God has a “place of abundance” for you on the other side of this refining.

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Podcast #125: “Run Devil Run” by Crowder

Suiting up for Battle in Ephesians 6

I’m sick and tired of being a prisoner of war. I’m ready to send my enemy running for the hills, aren’t you? Crowder, in his new song “Run Devil Run,” inspired me to create a strategy against the devil. It’s all laid out for us in Scripture.

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It’s time to get serious about our strategy against a very real enemy. Are you ready?

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Podcast #124: “Your Words” by Third Day

Feeding on God's Word in Isaiah 55

My favorite musical of all time is “My Fair Lady.” Sometimes I feel like Eliza when she sings, “Words, words, words, I’m so sick of words!” You may find that strange considering the number of words I speak and write each week. We are inundated with SO MANY WORDS every moment of every day, and God patiently stands in line waiting for us to listen to HIS WORDS. Third Day sings about God’s Word in the song “Your Words,” and we will use this song to inspire us to read God’s Word for ourselves.

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God’s Words have a purpose and they will accomplish what God desires. It’s probably a good idea, then, to know God’s Words and their purpose. Let’s dive in!

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Podcast #123: “Abide With Me” by Matt Maher

Visiting a Vineyard in John 15

I have always loved the word abide. So many times English words don’t give enough umph as compared to their Greek or Hebrew counterparts, but abide is a good one. I wish it was as easy to accomplish as it is to understand the definition. “Abide With Me” by Matt Maher leads us to a conversation Jesus had with his disciples in a vineyard.

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It is with this metaphor that we learn some significant lessons about abiding. It is here we also learn what kind of impact it could have on our lives if we can get it right.

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