Podcast #170: “Grace Alone” by Kings Kaleidoscope

Exploring God's Grace in Ephesians 1 & 2

In South Louisiana, where I live, there is a quirky question people often ask, “Who’s your mama, and can she cook a roux?” This question will ultimately lead you to a family name determining who is related to who, and whether or not you are a Cajun. (Roux, pronounced “roo”, is the base for a common Cajun dish called gumbo.) This question leads to the family heritage of a person and ultimately their identity. (For the record, my mama was a Duplecion and she can cook a roux…I’m a proud Cajun!)

Our song this week, “Grace Alone” as sung by Kings Kaleidoscope, leads us to Ephesians where we see our place in the family of God and clarifies what it took to get there.

Just like it was nothing I did that gave me a Cajun heritage, it is not in my power to be called a child of God. Explore Ephesians with me this week!

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Podcast #169: “Psalm 51 (Wisdom In The Secret Heart) by Shane & Shane

Getting Uncomfortable in Psalm 51

I often talk about Scripture changing the way you think. Well get ready, because Shane and Shane’s song, Psalm 51 (Wisdom in the Secret Heart), leads us to a Psalm of David where it is obvious he has begun to think differently about his sin. I was crying out for God’s cleansing alongside David after spending a week here.

Get ready to get uncomfortable…in a good way.

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Podcast #168: “Rise” by Danny Gokey

Pondering Peter's Path to Rise

Stories inspire us. That’s why we are drawn in by good books, powerful movies, documentaries, and even ESPN specials. There is something about seeing someone else overcome the odds that gives us hope that maybe, just maybe, we could do the same. Danny Gokey’s song “Rise” reminds us that our Creator has a plan for us that is higher than our broken past or sordid mistakes. “We were made to rise.”

Peter’s life paints a pretty epic story. Let’s search Scripture and discover how we can relate and what we might learn from this disciple.

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Podcast #167: “I Have This Hope” by Tenth Avenue North

Digging Deeper Foundations of Hope in Isaiah 43

How do you built a solid foundation of hope? Make sure you base it on something real and true…like God’s Word. Tenth Avenue North sings of truth in their song “I Have This Hope.” Their lyrics come from Scripture, but their hope comes from God. You can deepen your hope by going deeper into God’s Word.

Don’t stay on the surface! Spend time in Isaiah 43 this week!

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Podcast #166: “Still” by Hillary Scott

Discovering Stillness in the Midst of Chaos in Psalm 46

For some reason I was operating in the assumption that when God instructs us to “be still and know that I am God,” He meant it was supposed to be quiet. However, a closer look at Psalm 46 reveals total chaos, not quiet. Hillary Scott in her song titled “Still” reminds us that God is indeed asking us to be still in the midst of our chaos.

Grab a friend and head over to Psalm 46 with me this week.

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Podcast #165: “Your Love Is Strong” by Jon Foreman

Approaching Matthew 6 in Your Own Words

You know you “own” the story when you can tell it and re-tell it in your own words and not lose the meaning. This is what Jon Foreman’s song “Your Love Is Strong” inspired me to do with Scripture this week. Not only that, but it sent me straight to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and a very special model for prayer.

Let’s not waste any time jumping right into Matthew 5-7!

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Podcast #164: “Love Broke Thru” by TobyMac

Love Breaking Through Evil in 2 Chronicles 33

Do you ever feel trapped by your past? Defined by your heritage? Have you ever experienced such trouble and distress that you felt out of options? The chains that bind you are not too heavy for our Rescuer. TobyMac’s song, “Love Broke Thru” tells the story of his conversion. It leads us to discover a story of a man in the Old Testament who was a “hopeless fool” yet Love broke through to him, too.

We all have a choice. Will we allow Love to break through to us?

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Podcast #163: “Unfinished” by Mandisa

Praying for Our Unfinished Friends Using Philippians 1

It took some raw (and sometimes ugly) probing into my heart this week, but conceding to my own imperfections may just help me pray for my “work in progress” friends. Mandisa’s song “Unfinished” inspired me to seek out how Paul prayed for his friends in Philippi.

I think you’ll find the truths we delve into this week will encourage and challenge you.

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Podcast #162: “In Jesus’ Name” by Darlene Zschech

Using a Song to Discover and Meditate on Scripture

The Russian proverb “doveryai no proveryai” is translated “trust but verify” in English. This is how we should approach our trusted preachers, teachers, and even Christian music. However, when you can verify that the lyrics you are singing through your favorite songs come from Scripture, you can now use the song to help you meditate on truths that God has gifted us. This week we will use Darlene Zschech’s version of “In Jesus’ Name” to inspire us to discover Scriptural proof of the lyrics, making this song a powerful tool to help us hide God’s Word in our hearts.

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Podcast #161: “More Than Conquerors” by Steven Curtis Chapman

Rolling Through Romans 8

Has life ever sent you reeling such that it causes you to question your faith in God? Paul has this beautiful list in Romans 8 that if you’re in the middle of any of the scenarios he presents, you may feel that God’s love has “left the building.” However, Paul goes on to teach us something that Steven Curtis Chapman’s song reminds us of — not only can these scenarios never separate us from God’s love, but we are more than conquerors over them.

Join me as I consider Paul’s conclusion in light of the context of Romans 8.

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