Podcast #215: “The Lion and the Lamb” by Big Daddy Weave

He's Coming On The Clouds in Acts 1, Revelation 1, Matthew 24, and I Thessalonians 4

As a child, my grandfather used to talk with me about Jesus coming back on His cloud. While it seemed so magical as a child, as I grew in my faith I realized it wasn’t a fairy tale, it was a promise. Big Daddy Weave’s song, “The Lion and the Lamb” speaks of Jesus coming on the clouds, too.

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While there is a lot of mystery around the return of Christ, the Bible does reveal SOME things. Let’s explore them together.

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Podcast #213: “All My Hope” by Crowder

Inspecting our Living Hope in 1 Peter 1

Exaggerated claims abound these days. You can’t turn on the news for a few minutes without hearing overstatements on all sides…and don’t get me started about “teenager-speak.” Crowder in his song, “All My Hope,” asks us to sing along with quite a claim…the claim that ALL our hope is in Jesus. This week we explore whether or not we place ALL our hope in Jesus. We also consider just what kind of hope we’ve been given.

You will be encouraged and challenged as we consider our living hope and where it asks us to fix our eyes.

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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 #210: “He Will” by Ellie Holcomb

Savoring the Promises of God in Isaiah 61

The waiting. When it’s laced with anticipation and excitement, it can add to the experience. When it’s laced with sorrow and weariness, it can bring us low. There are so many promises of God in Scripture that have been fulfilled, are being fulfilled, and will be fulfilled. Ellie Holcomb’s song, “He Will” leads us to a prophesy in Isaiah that Christ has fulfilled, is fulfilling, and will fulfill.

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Let’s join our voices to the lyrics of our song and “praise Him through our sadness until the promise is fulfilled.”

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Podcast #209: “Broken Prayers” by Riley Clemmons

Meditating on a Messy Prayer in Psalm 44

Have you ever been afraid to pray because you aren’t sure you are doing it “right”? Riley Clemmons, in her song “Broken Prayers,” reminds us that God is not afraid of how we are feeling. We can be real with Him in the midst of the messy.

The psalmist in Psalm 44 gives us an example of crying out to God from a desperately broken place. Let’s explore it together.

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Podcast #207: “Warrior” by Hannah Kerr

Putting on the Whole Armor in Ephesians 6

“Get dressed,” I tell my youngest. “Where are your shoes? Do you have your jacket?” And so the conversation goes. I have a feeling God is asking me, “Where are your shoes? I told you to put on the WHOLE armor! Your helmet! Don’t forget your helmet!” This week’s song “Warrior” by Hannah Kerr reminds us that we are in a battle and need to be dressed appropriately.

Let’s take a moment and review what God’s Word says about our battle gear.

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Podcast #205: “Where Were You” by Ghost Ship

So Many Questions in the Book of Job

Sometimes I feel like a toddler — you know, the ones with questions for days. Their questions are unending partly because they wired for curiosity and partly because they grow in their understanding of the world through questions. Job has his own book in the Old Testament and it is filled with questions about the reason behind his suffering. God does eventually respond to Job, but rather than detailed answers He replies with a few questions of His own. In their song, “Where Were You,” the band Ghost Ship captures the heart of Job’s question and a great sampling of God’s counter response.

Have you experienced suffering? Are you in the midst of it right now? Let’s learn a little from Job this week.

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Podcast #204: “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” by Tenth Avenue North

Seeing Jacob Give Up Control in Genesis 28

Everyone has a story. Part of the beauty of God’s Word is when we can identify with the people God chose to weave into His BIG story of redemption. Tenth Avenue North’s song “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” leads us to explore Jacob in the book of Genesis.

There is a distinct time and place where Jacob gives control to God. Let’s consider this place of surrender together.

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Podcast #202: “All Glory Be To Christ” by Kings Kaleidoscope

Placing God in the Right Position in Psalm 127

Happy New Year! Each new year brings with it an opportunity to set new goals and consider what your focus will be before life gets in the way. Kings Kaleidoscope has a song set to the tune of the traditional new year’s song “Auld Lang Syne.” Their song “All Glory Be To Christ” reminds us ultimately what each new year is about…Jesus.

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The song leads us to Psalm 127 where we are reminded that we are nothing without the Lord.

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Podcast #199: “I Will Find a Way” by Jason Gray

Discovering God's Way to Our Heart in Isaiah 43

What if Jesus had come to earth in another way? He is God after all. He didn’t HAVE to plan to come as a baby. Have you ever considered why? Jason Gray’s song grapples with this idea in his song “I Will Find a Way” based on a short story, “An Advent Monologue,” by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Join me on a journey to Isaiah 43 where we hear the loving voice of our Father.

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