Podcast #204: “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” by Tenth Avenue North

Seeing Jacob Give Up Control in Genesis 28

Everyone has a story. Part of the beauty of God’s Word is when we can identify with the people God chose to weave into His BIG story of redemption. Tenth Avenue North’s song “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” leads us to explore Jacob in the book of Genesis.

There is a distinct time and place where Jacob gives control to God. Let’s consider this place of surrender together.

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Podcast #203: “Get Down” by Finding Favour

Getting Down in Prayer with Daniel and Friends

I find it fascinating which prayers and songs God chose to include in His Word. Of all the prayers lifted in all of time it’s a good idea for us to explore the ones included in Scripture. Finding Favour’s song, “Get Down,” is our inspiration to learn more about one of Daniel’s prayers.

I can’t wait for you to see how much you learn about God in this prayer.

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Podcast #202: “All Glory Be To Christ” by Kings Kaleidoscope

Placing God in the Right Position in Psalm 127

Happy New Year! Each new year brings with it an opportunity to set new goals and consider what your focus will be before life gets in the way. Kings Kaleidoscope has a song set to the tune of the traditional new year’s song “Auld Lang Syne.” Their song “All Glory Be To Christ” reminds us ultimately what each new year is about…Jesus.

Photo credit: Christian Kaindl

The song leads us to Psalm 127 where we are reminded that we are nothing without the Lord.

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Podcast #201: “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Meredith Andrews

Learning from Simeon and Anna in Luke 2

We can see what a heart filled with expectation looks like when we observe children’s faces on Christmas morning. May our hearts burst with childlike levels of anticipation for the return of Christ. “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” as sung by Meredith Andrews, reminds us that while the Advent season may have come to a close for 2017, we still eagerly await Christ’s return.

Photo credit: Michał Grosicki

We can learn quite a bit from two characters included in the story of Christ’s birth and dedication to the Lord in Luke 2. Will you join me there?

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Podcast #200: “How Many Kings” by downhere

Unveiling Our Illustrious King in Colossians 1

I have been keeping Jesus small. I have found myself saying things like, “He started as a baby.” Fortunately for me, I allowed Scripture to reshape my thinking this week. Inspired by downhere’s song, “How Many Kings,” I considered what sort of king Jesus is to emphasize the tremendous sacrifice it was for Him to come to earth as a human (much less a baby). But He did NOT “start” as a baby.

Join me in Colossians 1 to put the magnifying glass on just a handful of characteristics of King Jesus.

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Podcast #199: “I Will Find a Way” by Jason Gray

Discovering God's Way to Our Heart in Isaiah 43

What if Jesus had come to earth in another way? He is God after all. He didn’t HAVE to plan to come as a baby. Have you ever considered why? Jason Gray’s song grapples with this idea in his song “I Will Find a Way” based on a short story, “An Advent Monologue,” by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Join me on a journey to Isaiah 43 where we hear the loving voice of our Father.

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Podcast #198: “When Hope Came Down” by Kari Jobe

Hearing the Words of the One Who Came Down From Heaven in John 6

There is such a sense of expectancy in the Christmas season. We hope our gifts for others are “just right,” we hope everyone gets along at our various gatherings, we hope to make lasting and meaningful memories, and sometimes we hope for that perfect gift. Before Jesus came the first time, all of creation hoped for God to send the One that would rescue the world. Kari Jobe’s song, “When Hope Came Down,” calls us to examine Christ who “came down” to do the will of the Father.

You and I are included in Father God’s plan. This week we see the express purpose of Hope coming down.

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Podcast #197: “Come Thou Fount” by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

Tuning Our Wandering Hearts Through Remembrance

There’s a problem in our hearts that is not a new problem. We have hearts that are prone to wander from God. Hillary Scott & The Scott Family sing of this very thing in their rendition of the famous hymn, “Come Thou Fount.” These lyrics will take us on a wonderful journey through Scripture this week.

Perhaps you’ll find a place to sit and stay for awhile with the Source of all our fountains.

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Podcast #196: “Nothing But the Blood” by Jars of Clay

Noting in Scripture That Nothing but the Blood of Jesus Atones for Sin

Sometimes my grandmother bemoans the repetition in contemporary worship songs. Once she mentioned she felt like the worship team might just “sing of your love forever”…forever. I’m pretty sure she’ll excuse the repetition in the classic hymn “Nothing but the Blood” as it leads us to consider the significance of the blood shed by our Savior.

No matter how hard we may “try,” NOTHING but the blood of Jesus can atone for our sin.

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Podcast #195: “How Great Thou Art” by Carrie Underwood

Meditating on the Wonders of God in Psalm 145

Let’s develop a sense of wonder, shall we? The famous hymn “How Great Thou Art” leads us to consider God with a sense of “awesome wonder.” I chose Carrie Underwood’s rendition to meditate on Psalm 145.

David sat in awesome wonder of God and gives us a host of truths to meditate on in just one Psalm.

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