Podcast #224: “joy.” by For King and Country

Splashing Out Joy in Romans 15

Major decisions in life often determine our final destination. But what about our daily choices, like the attitudes we choose? For King and Country challenges us all in their song “joy.” to choose joy in the midst of trials. Of course, they didn’t come up with that on their own…it’s all over Scripture.

Let’s consider what God’s Word has to say on the matter on a journey from James to the Psalms to Romans.

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Podcast #221: “Witness” by Jordan Feliz

Witnessing God's Goodness in Psalm 36

God’s goodness is unfathomable. David tries to explain it in Psalm 36 with really big metaphors as a witness to the awe he feels when considering God. Similarly, Jordan Feliz’ song “Witness” calls us to testify to the virtues of our Father in heaven as well.

Let’s use the song to inspire us to read the Psalm and see what we learn, shall we?

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Podcast #220: “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship

Finding Freedom in John 8

In our culture these days the idea of “freedom” is often seen as the license to do whatever you want. However, Scripture teaches us that we are bound like slaves to whatever we obey…whether sin or righteousness. Hillsong Worship reminds us that we are free when the Son sets us free in their song “Who You Say I Am.”

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Jesus has some strong words to say about the matter in John 8. Why don’t you join me there?

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Podcast #216: “Shelter” by Carrollton

Dwelling in the Shelter of the Most High in Psalm 91

God is our shelter — a safe place — an intimate, secret hiding place. He longs for us to dwell with Him there, not just use Him as a lean-to when the rain storm catches us off guard. Carrollton’s song “Shelter” sings of God’s faithfulness and guides us to discover some amazing characteristics of our Most High God.

Will you join me in abiding as a shelter dweller? Learn more as we dive into Psalm 91.

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Podcast #212: “I’m Not Ashamed” by Abigail Duhon

Examining the Power of the Gospel in Romans 1

I discovered the difference between being “shamed” and being “ashamed” through my study this week. Abigail Duhon’s song, “I’m Not Ashamed,” leads us to Romans 1 and Paul’s famous declaration,  “I am not ashamed of the gospel.”

Exploring and meditating on this Scripture will really change the way you think…if you let it.

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Podcast #187: “Poison Tree” by Ghost Ship

Calling Out the Works of the Flesh in Galatians 5

Sometimes we try to dress up sin to make it acceptable, or even worse, don’t address it at all. “Poison Tree” by Ghost Ship doesn’t play that game. The song describes the poisonous and ugly nature of sin while contrasting it to the new life Christ offers. If we never inspect sin closely, we’ll keep excusing it and miss out on the fruit our lives could bear instead.

We’ll stay in Galatians this week to explore the dirty rotten truths about the works of the flesh.

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Podcast #186: “Spirit Of The Living God” by Meredith Andrews

Gazing at the Spirit in Galatians

Tragedy changes the way we see things. Most often in the midst of tragedy, what is MOST important rises to the surface. Unfortunately, that clarity is often temporary when the “new normal” takes over. Meredith Andrew’s song, “Spirit of the Living God,” calls on the Holy Spirit to change “what we see and what we seek.” My prayer is that it will be a permanent correction.

We see glimpses of truths related to the Holy Spirit in Galatians. We’ll sit there this week.

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Podcast #174: “Beloved” by Jordan Feliz

Scrutinizing the Beloved in 1 John

You are divinely loved. You need to get a grip on that because we have some very important tasks ahead of us as followers of Christ. Jordan Feliz’ song “Beloved” reminds us of this truth, and Scripture gives us clear responsibilities as those loved by God.

We have a role to play. It’s time to embrace the truth that you are beloved.

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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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