Podcast #280: “Greatness of Our God” by Newsboys United

It’s time. It’s time to get a little excited about how great God really is. Strike up the band (or at least Newsboys United’s song “Greatness of Our God”) and turn to Psalm 150, because it’s time to acknowledge the greatness of our God.

Do you keep a record of the mighty works of God?

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Podcast #279: “Do Something” by Matthew West

Helen Keller once said, “I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  This quote has been next to my computer for over 15 years.  I am reminded of it and of what James has to say about our faith being evident through our actions every time I hear Matthew West’s song, “Do Something.”

I want a faith that is vibrant and alive.  Don’t you?  We’ll discuss this and more on this week’s episode.

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Podcast #278: “Alive” by Big Daddy Weave

Have you ever read about people who have been given a new lease on life? Perhaps it was a medical breakthrough or second chance, but their lives changed completely. These examples pale in comparison to what happens when we are made alive with Christ. Big Daddy Weave sings about it in their new song, “Alive.”

Paul writes about it in his letter to the Ephesians. Let’s explore it together!

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Podcast #277: “Look Up Child” by Lauren Daigle

This week’s episode is in tribute to my mentor’s daughter. In life and in death she inspired others to lift their faces to the One Who could save them. That’s why Lauren Daigle’s song “Look Up Child” inspires us to explore Scripture today.

Let’s dive in to some key Scriptures where God’s people are called to look up and live.

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Podcast #275: “Resurrecting” by Elevation Worship

God specializes in bringing dead things back to life. From the first pages of Genesis when man walked into death through mistrust and disobedience God mapped out the plan to defeat death forever. Elevation Worship’s song “Resurrecting” celebrates the resurrecting power of our resurrected Savior.

Let’s explore what Scripture has to say about what it looks like to come back from the dead.

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Podcast #274: “Find You Here” by Ellie Holcomb

Challenges in our lives will never stop coming. Like waves that ebb and flow in strength and number, our trials and suffering come in and go out, but they never stop coming. The solution is to fix our eyes on God and the hope revealed in His Word. Ellie Holcomb’s song “Find You Here” reminds us that He is in the midst of each ordeal…even the darkest ones.

Peter knew he needed to prepare believers for fiery trials, too. Let’s let our song lead us there this week.

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Podcast #273: “Well Done” by The Afters

We live in a world where we want the results, but are often unwilling to put in the work. I agree with The Afters when they sing about wanting to hear the words “well done” in the end. Jesus makes it clear in his parables the characteristics of those inheriting the kingdom of God.

Let’s make some discoveries and ACT on what we find.

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Podcast #272: “Scars” by I Am They

It’s the hardest experiences that often shape us the most. While they may be excruciating in the moment, when we persevere, these trials lead to greater character and hope. “Scars” by I Am They sings of this very phenomenon. May we be strengthened by our scars, not broken by them.

There is a man deeply scarred that you may have missed in the Old Testament. Let’s read about him together!

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Podcast #271: “Build My Life” by Pat Barrett

We’re building a life. With every choice we make, every word we say, every thought, and every act we are building a life. That leads to the question, “What foundation are we building our lives on?” Pat Barrett’s song “Build My Life” is a declaration of building a life on a firm foundation. That foundation is revealed in Scripture.

Join me as we see what Jesus has to say about our building practices in Matthew 7.

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Podcast #270: “God Only Knows” by For King & Country

Trauma and tragedy can leave us feeling lonely and unseen. For King & Country’s song “God Only Knows” reminds us that God holds a deep love and understanding of you and your circumstances (past or present). Many of the psalms of David poetically reflect our own heart’s cry.

Let’s take a deep look at one of those psalms this week.

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Context
    • Repetition
    • Write in your Bible
    • Consider the opposite
    • Make a list
  • The line in the song that led me to the verse that led me to our focus Psalm this week – Psalm 25:16
  • How Psalm 25 is an acrostic psalm, meaning each verse starts with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet (which is why is may read more disjointed than other psalms)
  • Using the BITE of repetition to let the psalm really sink in
  • My desire to seek God’s face before I seek His hand
  • An article by Mortimer Adler on” How to Mark a Book” – Online Article
  • Directing our attention to God first by marking every reference to God (by name or pronoun) with a triangle (or symbol or color of choice)
  • Considering the opposite of steadfast – Psalm 25:7
  • How God’s way is not consistent with our way -Psalm 25:8, Isaiah 55:8-9
  • Marking the verbs in this psalm
  • Making a list/column of “God’s verbs” vs. “My verbs”
  • Recognizing that God takes on everything and our role is very limited

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This Week’s Challenge

Read Psalm 25 repeatedly this week. Then take the time to INTERACT with Psalm 25. Mark all of the references to God. Then make notes in a notebook or in the margins of what you learn about God through the words of this Psalm. Next, mark all of the verbs. Make a list of the “God verbs” in one column and a list of the “Me verbs” in another. Observe through this exercise all that God takes on Himself while our role is merely to trust, wait, fear, abide, take refuge, and keep His covenant.


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