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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Podcast #150: “Everywhere I Go” by Tim Timmons

Seeing God Work In John 5

Sometimes we gain a new perspective and it changes everything. This happened for me in a Bible study in college. This happened for Tim Timmons as his daughter prayed a prayer for him and he wrote a song about it. “Everywhere I Go” leads us to Scripture where we learn some important truths that may not only change the way we pray, but the way we live.

May we long to join God in what He is doing more than His blessing of our own feeble plans.

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Podcast #149: “Amaryllis” by Christy Nockels

Investigating Christ's Family Tree

Family…it’s beautiful, and frustrating, and glorious, and embarrassing, and diverse — even Christ’s family line carries some characters and heroes. Christy Nockels’ song, “Amaryllis,” inspired me to explore a few of the people in the lineage of Christ. How appropriate during this time of year when many of us have just made another year of memories with family and friends at Christmas.

Whether your family is on the glorious side, or the tragic, or somewhere in between, we see God weave all kinds of people into the lineage of the Savior of the world…so surely there’s hope for us!

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Podcast #148: “He Has Come For Us” by Meredith Andrews

Exploring Scriptures Displaying How Christ Has Come

We know that Jesus came to be WITH us, but to understand that He also came FOR us is cause for celebration! Meredith Andrews wrote a unique chorus to the traditional Christmas song, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and has entitled it, “He Has Come For Us.” I was inspired by the chorus to explore Scriptures describing WHY Jesus came for us.

I barely scratch the surface, but will hopefully get you started as we discover what Scripture has to say about why Jesus came for us.

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Podcast #147: “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Lauren Daigle

Beholding the Details of the Christmas Story

Have you ever read something in Scripture you have read before, but suddenly something new jumps out at you? This happened for me this week when a word from a familiar Christmas hymn sent me on a scavenger hunt through the Christmas story. This week, I use Lauren Daigle’s version of “O Come All Ye Faithful” to inspire to discover what the word “behold” calls us to pay attention to.

Come, let us behold Him, Christ, the Lord.

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Podcast #146: “God With Us” by We Are Messengers

Exploring Emmanuel - the Name Revealed at the Birth of Christ

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare’s Juliet certainly thought that a name was an artificial and meaningless convention. However, we see significance in Scripture when it comes to names — especially the names of God. We Are Messengers, in their song “God With Us,” point us to the name “Emmanuel” spoken of in the Old Testament, but revealed in the Christmas story in Matthew 1. “Emmanuel” is “God with us.”

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Join me this week as we explore the significance of this name…God with us.

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Podcast #145: “Join The Angels” by Matthew West

Examining God's Special Messengers in Luke 1 & 2

Christmastime is here! I love this season! I love the music, I love the traditions, I love the decorations, I love the food, and I love taking extra time examining the reason we celebrate this Holy Day. This week I am excited to use Matthew West’s new song, “Join the Angels,” to inspire us to pore over the Christmas story.

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The angels had a pretty important role in the story of Christ coming to earth as a human. Let’s delve into exactly what they had to say together!

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Podcast #144: “Joy” by Jonny Diaz

Praying With Joy Through Psalm 47

Everyone expresses joy a little differently, but in my house everyone of the female variety tends to express it by singing at the top of their lungs! Jonny Diaz’ song “Joy” is the perfect song to belt it out and get inspired to read through (and pray through) a song in Scripture!

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Let’s get energized and try something new as we head over to Psalm 47!

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Podcast #143: “One True God” by Steven Curtis Chapman

Unearthing Truth in Jesus' Prayer in John 17

If you knew that the next prayer you prayed aloud over a loved would be one of your last, would you pray for blessings and safety? Or would you fill your prayer with substance? Not for God’s benefit, but for the benefit of the loved one listening to your prayer on their behalf? Steven Curtis Chapman’s song, “One True God” points directly at God, and so does the prayer of Jesus in John 17.

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Join me as we spend some time in this prayer…one of Christ’s last prayers while in a suit of flesh here on earth.

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Podcast #142: “Home” by Chris Tomlin

Learning More About Our Future Home in 2 Corinthians 5

What do you think about when you think of home? For some it conjures up happy memories, warm feelings, and/or thoughts of family…for others, not so much. Some of you live in a state or town where your heart considers “home” and others are “far from home.” As Christians we know we are not yet “home” in the eternal sense. Chris Tomlin’s song “Home” speaks of our heavenly home and it leads us to an area of Scripture that can both encourage us and challenge us as we continue to walk out our lives here on earth.

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Let’s talk about heaven today and explore Scripture together.

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