Podcast #259: “Even If” by Mercy Me

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 #258: “Maybe It’s Ok” by We Are Messengers

Your emotions and feelings are real, but they are not reliable. This week we will use “Maybe It’s Ok” by We Are Messengers to explore the truth about God so that we can truly say, “It’s okay that I’m not okay.”

We can trust God to hold it all together even when we feel like it’s all falling apart. Let’s discover this together in Scripture.

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Podcast #257: “Into Dust” by Mack Brock

Sometimes our lives can be broken. Other times we can be completely decimated — rendering us into a pile of dust. How fortunate for us that we serve a Creator Who knows just what to do with dust. Mack Brock sings of God’s ability to create out of dust in his song “Into Dust.”

Let’s be encouraged together as we explore what God can do with a little dust in Scripture.

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Podcast #256: “Shattered” by Blanca

I dropped a glass casserole lid on my tile kitchen floor the other day. It shattered into a host of small pieces. I’m still finding pieces of glass here and there. There’s a difference between being broken and shattered. Shattered seem so irreparable. In Blanca’s song “Shattered” she reminds us that the task of putting the shattered pieces back together is not too big for God.

Scripture offers many examples of shattered lives that God touches. We’ll look at one example together this week.

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Podcast #254: “Red Letters” by Crowder

The red letters in our Bibles highlight the words of Christ. In Crowder’s new song “Red Letters” he sings of the power of those words to change our hearts as the Holy Spirit breathes life into our spiritually dead bodies.

There are some pretty big ideas woven into this song. Let’s explore the Scriptural basis together.

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Podcast #252: “Jesus is Alive” by Josh Wilson

“Jesus is Alive” is not normally a Christmas greeting, but I guess it could be! Josh Wilson’s song “Jesus is Alive” reminds us all that Christ first came to life in human form as a baby in Bethlehem so long ago. That breath changed everything! When Jesus came back to life after Calvary, that breath changed everything again! So whether we are thinking of Christmas or the Resurrection, let’s declare that Jesus is alive!

There is joy in the coming of Christ, but that doesn’t mean that His coming eliminated all grief. Let’s explore the two together.

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Podcast #251: “These Christmas Lights” by Matt Redman

Opening Our Hearts to the Light of the World

Lights are a major part of modern-day Christmas decorating traditions. It’s what completes the tree, or lights up small-town streets. The lights of Christmas and Matt Redman’s Christmas song “These Christmas Lights” are our inspiration to explore Scripture all about the Light of the World.

Use the lights of Christmas to remind you that Jesus is the true light.

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Podcast #249: “When I Think Upon Christmas” by Hillsong Worship

Comparing and Contrasting Accounts of Christ's Birth in the Gospels

What do you think of when you think of Christmas? Family traditions? Decorations? Gift giving and receiving? When Hillsong Worship sings “When I Think Upon Christmas” they sing of the greatest gift of all time…Jesus, God with us, Savior of the world.

Let’s take a close look at the accounts of the birth of Christ together.

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Podcast #246: “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne

A Cry From the Depths in Jonah 2

Do you ever feel like you are drowning with seaweed wrapped around your head? It’s a pretty descriptive picture of distress that I see in Scripture AND in Avril Lavigne’s new song, “Head Above Water.” When we’re drowning in life let’s cry out to God for rescue because “salvation belongs to the Lord!”

Let’s talk about Jonah, Jesus, and the folly of taking things into our own hands.

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Podcast #243: “The Way” by Pat Barrett

Stopping to Look Up in John 14

What we believe matters. It will impact how we think and how we live. In the song titled “The Way” by Pat Barrett, he sings of a fundamental belief that Christians hold — that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. As we explore the area of Scripture where this doxology originated we discover this belief is important in so many ways.

Join me as we meditate on the words of Christ and find comfort in the process.

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