Podcast #160: “Even If” by MercyMe

Finding Faithfulness in Daniel 3

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 #159: “The Cure” by Unspoken

Looking for The Cure in Mark 2

Over and over in the Bible people seem to “get it all wrong” when it comes to God and His ways. You see offenders in both the Old Testament and the New. When will we learn that our thoughts and ways are nothing like His thoughts and ways? “The Cure,” by Unspoken, points us to an important scene with Jesus.

Not only is Jesus the cure for our brokenness, but He has an important message for us in Mark 2.

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Podcast #158: “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship

Exploring a Couple of the Names of Jesus

We can learn so much through the study of the names of God. Hillsong Worship’s song, “What a Beautiful Name,” puts the name of Jesus front and center in a moving song of worship. How much more powerful will this song be when you invest some time in discovering and contemplating a few names revealed in God’s Word?

Let’s go to the beginning with Jesus, shall we?

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Podcast #157: “Live It Well” by Switchfoot

Poring Over Psalm 90

Perspective. I sure need more of it. How about you? I need more perspective when I’m impatiently waiting in line at the grocery store, when I get cut off in traffic, or when I get a snarky email or social media comment from a friend. Moses had a unique perspective because of his intimate relationship with God and his front row seat to the demise of an entire generation of people. Switchfoot’s song, “Live It Well,” not only reminds us that life is short, but encourages us to live it well.

Moses encourages the same in Psalm 90. Are you ready to jump in the deep end this week?

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Podcast #156: “Giants Fall” by Francesca Battistelli

Battlefield Basics with David in 1 Samuel 17

When was your last battlefield experience? I’m not talking about a military exercise, rather the battlefields of life. Francesca Battistelli’s song, “Giants Fall,” led me to 1 Samuel 17 to see David turning a food run into a battlefield story for the ages.

I wonder if we, like David, may be more prepared than we realize.

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Podcast #155: “Psalm 13” by Shane & Shane

From Sorrow to Singing in Psalm 13

Have you ever been in so much pain (physically or emotionally) that you practically howl? King David wrote what many theologians refer to as the “Howling Psalm” in Psalm 13. Shane & Shane has put this song of David to their own melody and titled it “Psalm 13” in their album of Psalms.

This song will help us meditate on this short and powerful Psalm this week.

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Podcast #154: “No Longer Slaves” by I Am They

Discarding Christ-Plus Slavery in Galatians

We all want freedom. After all, who wants to live in bondage? The irony is that freedom has been purchased for us by Christ and we accept it heartily and then immediately take steps that place ourselves in bondage again. This is what the churches in Galatia were doing in the days of Paul. This week’s featured song, “No Longer Slaves” as sung by I Am They, leads us to this letter to the Galatians and Paul’s stern correction.

I hope we can heed the warning of Paul and walk in the freedom Christ provides.

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Podcast #153: “King Of The World” by Natalie Grant

Praising Through Psalm 47

How often have I tried to squeeze God into the smallest of boxes? One way to take Him out in our own minds is to fixate on His greatness. Natalie Grant’s song “King Of The World” points us to Scripture where we can be reminded of God’s greatness.

This week I hope to lead you through exercises that will keep God’s position in perspective.

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Podcast #152: “Revelation Song” by Kari Jobe

Seeing the Throne of God in Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4 & 5

Do we boldly approach the throne of God and forget how ASTONISHING that throne is? “Revelation Song” by Jennie Lee Riddle and famously sung by Kari Jobe leads us into the throne room of heaven. But before the song pointed to it, Ezekiel and John brought us there in Scripture.

Are you ready? Are you really ready to slow down and take in the stunning throne of God?

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Podcast #151: “Battles” by The Afters

Watching God Fight in 2 Chronicles 20

Sometimes God equips us for the fight and sometimes He asks us to take our positions and watch Him fight for us. In the song “Battles” by The Afters, we see God fighting our battles and can celebrate it through music. We can learn a great deal from examining how King Jehoshaphat responded to a vast army and a seemingly impossible battle ahead.

Join me in 2 Chronicles as we scrutinize the response of the king and his people to their looming battle.

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