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 #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 #168: “Rise” by Danny Gokey

Pondering Peter's Path to Rise

Stories inspire us. That’s why we are drawn in by good books, powerful movies, documentaries, and even ESPN specials. There is something about seeing someone else overcome the odds that gives us hope that maybe, just maybe, we could do the same. Danny Gokey’s song “Rise” reminds us that our Creator has a plan for us that is higher than our broken past or sordid mistakes. “We were made to rise.”

Peter’s life paints a pretty epic story. Let’s search Scripture and discover how we can relate and what we might learn from this disciple.

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Podcast #165: “Your Love Is Strong” by Jon Foreman

Approaching Matthew 6 in Your Own Words

You know you “own” the story when you can tell it and re-tell it in your own words and not lose the meaning. This is what Jon Foreman’s song “Your Love Is Strong” inspired me to do with Scripture this week. Not only that, but it sent me straight to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and a very special model for prayer.

Let’s not waste any time jumping right into Matthew 5-7!

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Podcast #164: “Love Broke Thru” by TobyMac

Love Breaking Through Evil in 2 Chronicles 33

Do you ever feel trapped by your past? Defined by your heritage? Have you ever experienced such trouble and distress that you felt out of options? The chains that bind you are not too heavy for our Rescuer. TobyMac’s song, “Love Broke Thru” tells the story of his conversion. It leads us to discover a story of a man in the Old Testament who was a “hopeless fool” yet Love broke through to him, too.

We all have a choice. Will we allow Love to break through to us?

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Podcast #162: “In Jesus’ Name” by Darlene Zschech

Using a Song to Discover and Meditate on Scripture

The Russian proverb “doveryai no proveryai” is translated “trust but verify” in English. This is how we should approach our trusted preachers, teachers, and even Christian music. However, when you can verify that the lyrics you are singing through your favorite songs come from Scripture, you can now use the song to help you meditate on truths that God has gifted us. This week we will use Darlene Zschech’s version of “In Jesus’ Name” to inspire us to discover Scriptural proof of the lyrics, making this song a powerful tool to help us hide God’s Word in our hearts.

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Podcast #161: “More Than Conquerors” by Steven Curtis Chapman

Rolling Through Romans 8

Has life ever sent you reeling such that it causes you to question your faith in God? Paul has this beautiful list in Romans 8 that if you’re in the middle of any of the scenarios he presents, you may feel that God’s love has “left the building.” However, Paul goes on to teach us something that Steven Curtis Chapman’s song reminds us of — not only can these scenarios never separate us from God’s love, but we are more than conquerors over them.

Join me as I consider Paul’s conclusion in light of the context of Romans 8.

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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 #156: “Giants Fall” by Francesca Battistelli

Battlefield Basics with David in 1 Samuel 17

When was your last battlefield experience? I’m not talking about a military exercise, rather the battlefields of life. Francesca Battistelli’s song, “Giants Fall,” led me to 1 Samuel 17 to see David turning a food run into a battlefield story for the ages.

I wonder if we, like David, may be more prepared than we realize.

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Podcast #154: “No Longer Slaves” by I Am They

Discarding Christ-Plus Slavery in Galatians

We all want freedom. After all, who wants to live in bondage? The irony is that freedom has been purchased for us by Christ and we accept it heartily and then immediately take steps that place ourselves in bondage again. This is what the churches in Galatia were doing in the days of Paul. This week’s featured song, “No Longer Slaves” as sung by I Am They, leads us to this letter to the Galatians and Paul’s stern correction.

I hope we can heed the warning of Paul and walk in the freedom Christ provides.

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