Podcast #175: “Broken Things” by Matthew West

Comparing Jonah and a Parable of Jesus in Matthew 20

We are broken people. As children of God we are stuck in this “already, but not yet” zone where we are new creations and can still respond from our brokenness. Matthew West’s song “Broken Things” brings us great encouragement that God uses damaged people. But Scripture is clear that God wants to redeem and restore us, which will require a mending of our brokenness.

I’m hoping Scripture will touch the deep places in us to reveal prevailing beliefs that God wants to mend.

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Podcast #170: “Grace Alone” by Kings Kaleidoscope

Exploring God's Grace in Ephesians 1 & 2

In South Louisiana, where I live, there is a quirky question people often ask, “Who’s your mama, and can she cook a roux?” This question will ultimately lead you to a family name determining who is related to who, and whether or not you are a Cajun. (Roux, pronounced “roo”, is the base for a common Cajun dish called gumbo.) This question leads to the family heritage of a person and ultimately their identity. (For the record, my mama was a Duplecion and she can cook a roux…I’m a proud Cajun!)

Our song this week, “Grace Alone” as sung by Kings Kaleidoscope, leads us to Ephesians where we see our place in the family of God and clarifies what it took to get there.

Just like it was nothing I did that gave me a Cajun heritage, it is not in my power to be called a child of God. Explore Ephesians with me this week!

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Podcast #169: “Psalm 51 (Wisdom In The Secret Heart) by Shane & Shane

Getting Uncomfortable in Psalm 51

I often talk about Scripture changing the way you think. Well get ready, because Shane and Shane’s song, Psalm 51 (Wisdom in the Secret Heart), leads us to a Psalm of David where it is obvious he has begun to think differently about his sin. I was crying out for God’s cleansing alongside David after spending a week here.

Get ready to get uncomfortable…in a good way.

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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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #141: “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams

Presenting the Chain Breaker in Isaiah 61

I wish I would take God at His Word. You know, REALLY take Him at His Word. When Jesus stood in the synagogue and unfurled the scroll and read about Himself out of Isaiah 61, He declared, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” The audience present didn’t get it then and I don’t think we FULLY understand it now. Zach William’s song “Chain Breaker” does a great job of reminding us…and inspiring us to find it for ourselves in Scripture.

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Follow me to the time of Isaiah the prophet to learn more about Jesus…words spoken 700 years before Christ walked the earth.

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