Podcast #208: “Rescuer (Good News)” by Rend Collective

Zooming Out to See God's Grand Rescue Plan

Have you ever struggled to see the big picture of the Bible? How do the individual stories, songs, poems, prophecies, and more, fit together — and what are we to make of it? Rend Collective’s song, “Rescuer (Good News),” reminds me of God’s grand rescue plan.

Join me for a quick fly over that may help you make connections with God’s grand story in the future.

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Podcast #207: “Warrior” by Hannah Kerr

Putting on the Whole Armor in Ephesians 6

“Get dressed,” I tell my youngest. “Where are your shoes? Do you have your jacket?” And so the conversation goes. I have a feeling God is asking me, “Where are your shoes? I told you to put on the WHOLE armor! Your helmet! Don’t forget your helmet!” This week’s song “Warrior” by Hannah Kerr reminds us that we are in a battle and need to be dressed appropriately.

Let’s take a moment and review what God’s Word says about our battle gear.

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Podcast #206: “Shepherd of My Soul” by Kutless

Comparing Shepherds in Ezekiel 34 and John 10

Jesus, my Lord, is my Shepherd, and He is a good shepherd. I have the benefit of coming in on the scene after the Good Shepherd has come the first time and will come again. Kutless’ new song, “Shepherd of My Soul” sings of our Shepherd and sent me to Scripture to explore what it says about shepherds.

We are going on a journey this week to compare and contrast shepherds in Scripture. Join me?

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Podcast #205: “Where Were You” by Ghost Ship

So Many Questions in the Book of Job

Sometimes I feel like a toddler — you know, the ones with questions for days. Their questions are unending partly because they wired for curiosity and partly because they grow in their understanding of the world through questions. Job has his own book in the Old Testament and it is filled with questions about the reason behind his suffering. God does eventually respond to Job, but rather than detailed answers He replies with a few questions of His own. In their song, “Where Were You,” the band Ghost Ship captures the heart of Job’s question and a great sampling of God’s counter response.

Have you experienced suffering? Are you in the midst of it right now? Let’s learn a little from Job this week.

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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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