Podcast #225: “Counting Every Blessing” by Rend Collective

Wandering Through Paul's Epistles

If I asked the Apostle Paul to examine my life, I’m pretty sure he would see blessings that I’m not seeing. I’m fairly convinced we’re on the lookout for two different things. That has been confirmed for me this week as I’ve meandered through his letters looking for the blessings he counts. This quest was inspired by Rend Collective’s song, “Counting Every Blessing.”

Join me on a journey through the epistles…it may just change the way you look at things, too.

On this week’s episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Write out Scripture
    • Slowing down
    • Make observations
    • Make a list
    • Compare and contrast
    • Consider the opposite
  • That I actually use the BITEs I recommend for the week
  • The sections of Scripture I wrote out in my notebook
    • Romans 1:8-10
    • 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
    • 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
    • Ephesians 1:3-10
    • Philippians 1:3-6
    • Colossians 1:3-8
    • 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
  • How Paul is either thankful for people, God, or God working in people — not material things
  • The gifts from God evident in people
    • faith
    • grace
    • spiritual gifts
    • fellowship
    • comfort in our troubles
  • Truths about our identity in Christ
    • chosen
    • holy
    • blameless
    • adopted
    • redeemed
    • lavished with grace
  • How Paul often has the perspective of Christ’s return fixed squarely in his sights
  • The question, “Am I looking for the fingerprints of Jesus in others?”



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If you have never heard this song before, you can watch the official music video on YouTube below.


Additional Resources

This Week’s Challenge

Try this quest for yourself! Open each of Paul’s epistles and locate his opening words of gratitude as he counts every blessing. Try the BITE of writing out Scripture. Compare and contrast what you see in these opening paragraphs to Paul’s letters. Perhaps even get pulled into the context and keep on reading!

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