Podcast #259: “Even If” by Mercy Me

We can hide behind convenient truth when things are swell, but when our feet are to the fire the deep truth tends to come out. Will we be willing to log years of faithfulness such that our circumstances no longer define God’s ability or position in our minds? “Even If” by MercyMe leads us to a powerful “even if” moment in Scripture.

What can we learn from three friends in a foreign land?

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Podcast #258: “Maybe It’s Ok” by We Are Messengers

Your emotions and feelings are real, but they are not reliable. This week we will use “Maybe It’s Ok” by We Are Messengers to explore the truth about God so that we can truly say, “It’s okay that I’m not okay.”

We can trust God to hold it all together even when we feel like it’s all falling apart. Let’s discover this together in Scripture.

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Podcast #257: “Into Dust” by Mack Brock

Sometimes our lives can be broken. Other times we can be completely decimated — rendering us into a pile of dust. How fortunate for us that we serve a Creator Who knows just what to do with dust. Mack Brock sings of God’s ability to create out of dust in his song “Into Dust.”

Let’s be encouraged together as we explore what God can do with a little dust in Scripture.

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Podcast #256: “Shattered” by Blanca

I dropped a glass casserole lid on my tile kitchen floor the other day. It shattered into a host of small pieces. I’m still finding pieces of glass here and there. There’s a difference between being broken and shattered. Shattered seem so irreparable. In Blanca’s song “Shattered” she reminds us that the task of putting the shattered pieces back together is not too big for God.

Scripture offers many examples of shattered lives that God touches. We’ll look at one example together this week.

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Podcast #255: “Only Jesus” by Casting Crowns

We live in a very self-centered society these days. I read a study recently that stated that 1 in 5 millennials would quit their job to become famous. This is not the way of Jesus, however. Casting Crowns song “Only Jesus” reminds us that “Jesus is the only name to remember.”

Join me in Psalm 115 as we join the Psalmist in comparing and contrasting God and idols (anything that sets itself up as a god in our lives).

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Podcast #254: “Red Letters” by Crowder

The red letters in our Bibles highlight the words of Christ. In Crowder’s new song “Red Letters” he sings of the power of those words to change our hearts as the Holy Spirit breathes life into our spiritually dead bodies.

There are some pretty big ideas woven into this song. Let’s explore the Scriptural basis together.

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Podcast #253: “Christmas Eve in Bethlehem” by Hannah Kerr

Have you ever been asked to, “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” That’s exactly the journey I took this week as I used Hannah Kerr’s “Christmas Eve in Bethlehem” to lead me to the Christmas story once again.

This time through the Christmas story we’ll seek to place ourselves inside the story and see how the story would/should go in our lives today.

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Podcast #252: “Jesus is Alive” by Josh Wilson

“Jesus is Alive” is not normally a Christmas greeting, but I guess it could be! Josh Wilson’s song “Jesus is Alive” reminds us all that Christ first came to life in human form as a baby in Bethlehem so long ago. That breath changed everything! When Jesus came back to life after Calvary, that breath changed everything again! So whether we are thinking of Christmas or the Resurrection, let’s declare that Jesus is alive!

There is joy in the coming of Christ, but that doesn’t mean that His coming eliminated all grief. Let’s explore the two together.

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Podcast #251: “These Christmas Lights” by Matt Redman

Opening Our Hearts to the Light of the World

Lights are a major part of modern-day Christmas decorating traditions. It’s what completes the tree, or lights up small-town streets. The lights of Christmas and Matt Redman’s Christmas song “These Christmas Lights” are our inspiration to explore Scripture all about the Light of the World.

Use the lights of Christmas to remind you that Jesus is the true light.

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Podcast #250: “Noel” by Chris Tomlin ft. Lauren Daigle

Delving into the Symbols of Christmas

When you drive up to a traffic circle and encounter a red triangular sign, it triggers a behavior to yield to traffic in the circle. If you’re married and gaze upon your wedding band, it may trigger memories of your wedding day or perhaps just bring your spouse’s face to mind. There are signs and symbols everywhere that prick our memories or guide our behaviors — especially at Christmas. This week, we will use “Noel” as sung by Lauren Daigle on Chris Tomlin’s Christmas album to point us to the symbols of Christmas and Scriptural truth we can take with us all year long.

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Invest in some time learning Scripture references that the symbols of Christmas can spark in your mind for years to come.

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