Podcast #179: “There Is Power” by Lincoln Brewster

Praying in the Name of Jesus in John 14-16

“That’s the way we’ve always done it” has often caused the hair on the back of my neck to stand up. Not that tradition is bad, but understanding WHY we do things should be our motivating factor, not custom. I pray in Jesus’ name, but there is a Scriptural reason why. Lincoln Brewster’s song “There Is Power” reminds us of the power found in the name of Jesus.

Explore God’s Word with me as we discover the power truly found in Jesus’ name.

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Podcast #178: “Forgiven” by Crowder

Scrutinizing the Forgiven in Luke 23

The Bible is rich with characters we can identify with. While individually we are unique, as a human race we often struggle with similar sins and responses. I am encouraged by the words of Crowder’s song “Forgiven,” and am even more encouraged by the truths in Scripture it leads us to examine.

There is not a sin you struggle with that has not beset many before you. In spite of our ability to sin in all sorts of ways with great regularity we stand FORGIVEN.

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Podcast #177: “Shoulders” by For King & Country

Looking Up to the Mountains in Psalm 121

When such a short Psalm reveals so many inspiring characteristics of God, it’s worth our time to spend some time in it. This week’s song, “Shoulders” by For King & Country, leads us right to Psalm 121. In fact, the song begins by quoting the opening verses of Psalm 121!

**This is a repost of Episode #70. I am on vacation in Alaska this week with my family, and I couldn’t resist pulling this one out of the archives because of it’s reference to “the mountains”.**

We’re going to try something new this week to keep your Bible reading engaging! Let’s dive in!

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Reading Scripture out loud
    • Using background music to keep it interesting
    • Ask questions…out loud! (And then write them down in your journal)
  • Psalm 121
  • The significance of the mountains to the Psalmist
  • Comparing and contrasting the characteristics of home with the characteristics of God
  • Reading individual verses in the parallel setting using BibleHub.com
  • This picture…Evernote Camera Roll 20150620 144904you’ll have to listen to understand!
  • The difference between the Hebrew word for sleep and slumber in Psalm 121:4
  • Making sense of the idea that the Lord keeps us from all harm
  • If our enemy is relentless, God’s mercy is more so

 

 

 

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This Week’s Challenge

Pull out Psalm 121 and read it every day. Try reading it in different translations and read it out loud…maybe with some epic background music. Come on! Try it! God isn’t stale…your interaction with His Word shouldn’t be either! I didn’t mention it in the body of the podcast today, but journal your journey! You will be amazed at what will come out when you take time to do that. The Psalmist asked a question…if nothing else, follow the Psalmist’s example and ask a few questions.


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Podcast #176: “Whole Heart” by Brandon Heath

Surveying King Asa's Wholeheartedness in 2 Chronicles 14-16

Go all in. It looks good on a t-shirt. It looks good on a Christ-follower, too. Unfortunately, we are really good at half-way when it comes to our devotion to the Lord. I find myself going in spurts. I’m all in for awhile and then I get distracted. I’m gung-ho in one area, but not in another. Brandon Heath’s new song, “Whole Heart” reminds us to love God the way He wants us to…with our whole heart.

There’s a wonderful story found in 2 Chronicles about King Asa and all of Judah going “all in.”  Will you join me?

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Podcast #175: “Broken Things” by Matthew West

Comparing Jonah and a Parable of Jesus in Matthew 20

We are broken people. As children of God we are stuck in this “already, but not yet” zone where we are new creations and can still respond from our brokenness. Matthew West’s song “Broken Things” brings us great encouragement that God uses damaged people. But Scripture is clear that God wants to redeem and restore us, which will require a mending of our brokenness.

I’m hoping Scripture will touch the deep places in us to reveal prevailing beliefs that God wants to mend.

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Podcast #174: “Beloved” by Jordan Feliz

Scrutinizing the Beloved in 1 John

You are divinely loved. You need to get a grip on that because we have some very important tasks ahead of us as followers of Christ. Jordan Feliz’ song “Beloved” reminds us of this truth, and Scripture gives us clear responsibilities as those loved by God.

We have a role to play. It’s time to embrace the truth that you are beloved.

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Podcast #173: “Find You Here” by Ellie Holcomb

Instruction in Suffering in 1 Peter

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 #172: “Do It Again” by Elevation Worship

Jaunting Around Jericho in Joshua 6

You get up, you put on the armor of God, you clock in, clock out, come home, and the walls against you are still towering above you. How much longer can this persist? For longer than seems reasonable or of sound-thinking. This is when you need to remember God’s faithfulness and Elevation Worship’s song “Do It Again” does just that.

Let’s join the men armed for battle following a peculiar battle plan and see what new things might jump out at us in Joshua chapter 6.

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Podcast #171: “In Awe” by Hollyn

Discovering Acceptable Worship in Hebrews 12

It is difficult to worship God in an appropriate and authentic way when you think you are just like Him. Hollyn’s new song, “In Awe,” leads us all over God’s Word to discover truth. It is here we begin to see God clearer, and thus put ourselves “in our place” so-to-speak.

The Psalms teach us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” I want wisdom, don’t you?

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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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