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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Podcast #242: “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns

Surveying the Soul in Psalm 42

The waters of our soul are deep. The cry of the song “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns reminds us that we can bare our souls to the One who created us inside and out. If we spend some time tending to our souls, we can experience the faithfulness of God in the deepest places of our being.

The Psalms include many soul-baring moments, and Psalm 42 contains an example of this. It won’t be hard to relate to the psalmist this week!

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Podcast #241: “Satisfied In You (Psalm 42)” by The Sing Team

Poring Over Psalm 42

The Rolling Stones really captured the essence of culture when they sang, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Our world is in a constant state of discontent. When you weigh the philosophy of this week’s song by The Sing Team, “Satisfied In You (Psalm 42),” you discover that our satisfaction doesn’t lie in our effort as sung by our friend Mick, but rather in God.

There are unlikely discoveries in a Psalm you may know in part. Join me this week as we pore over Psalm 42.

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Podcast #240: “No Matter What” by Ryan Stevenson

Examining Our Secure Salvation in Colossians

No matter what, once you truly belong to Jesus, you are HIS, and if you are HIS you will remain HIS. This does not mean a perfect life, but one that is marked with evidence and imperfect progress walking in newness of life and not returning to a life of death. Ryan Stevenson sings of this question in his song “No Matter What” and it leads us to examine a letter from Paul and Timothy to the Colossians.
Let Scripture answer your many questions about whether or not you can lose your salvation.

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Podcast #239: “Even Then” by Micah Tyler

Praising Like Habakkuk Even When Your World is Falling Apart

There’s no free pass from suffering for Christians. I wish there were. I have dear friends who are wrestling with God during sickness, conflict, strife, and injustice. Habakkuk wrestled, too. In fact, his name means embrace like a wrestler. May we embrace God’s character through faith while wrestling through our circumstances. Perhaps Micah Tyler’s song “Even Then” can be a part of the soundtrack.

You will be refreshed at Habakkuk’s honesty as we study the entire three chapters of this prophet’s contribution to God’s Word.

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Podcast #237: “Known” by Tauren Wells

Discovering the How, How Much, and Why We Are Known by God in Psalm 139

You are not invisible.

You are known.

Tauren Well’s song “Known” sings about it and so does David in Psalm 139. When you let the truths of this Psalm sink into your being it will change you.

Join me this week as we break it all down.

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Podcast #235: “What a Friend” by Matt Maher

Finding Friendship with Christ in John 15

Picture the best friend you’ve ever had. Friendship with Jesus is nothing like that. It’s deeper, richer, more meaningful, and more life-giving than the best friendship you’ve ever had. The effects of being Christ’s friend will make you a better person and more useful to the Kingdom of God than you could ever imagine. Matt Maher’s song, “What a Friend,” inspired me to explore what Scripture has to say about being friends with Jesus.

I learned something new this week. I can’t wait to share it with you!

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