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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Podcast #141: “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams

Presenting the Chain Breaker in Isaiah 61

I wish I would take God at His Word. You know, REALLY take Him at His Word. When Jesus stood in the synagogue and unfurled the scroll and read about Himself out of Isaiah 61, He declared, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” The audience present didn’t get it then and I don’t think we FULLY understand it now. Zach William’s song “Chain Breaker” does a great job of reminding us…and inspiring us to find it for ourselves in Scripture.

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Follow me to the time of Isaiah the prophet to learn more about Jesus…words spoken 700 years before Christ walked the earth.

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Podcast #139: “Son of David” by Ghost Ship

Benefiting From the Story of Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10

A lyric lodged itself in my mind a few weeks ago that I couldn’t shake. It worked out okay, because it wasn’t one of those cheesy advertising jingles, it was directly from Scripture. I used the song, “Son of David” by Ghost Ship to guide me to Mark 10 and a great story with more tucked in it than you would imagine.

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Come with me to the gates of Jericho and meet Bartimaeus.

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Podcast #137: “What You Want” by Tenth Avenue North

Discovering What Delights God in Hosea 6

What is your agenda? If you enter a conversation with an agenda, you have a plan for the direction of the discussion. When you receive an agenda for a meeting, it is the leader’s plan for the direction of the meeting. What is your agenda — your plan — for your life? Does it match God’s agenda? Tenth Avenue North’s song, “What You Want” leads us to search out the Scripture for what God’s agenda.

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In fact, I take filter the search even further to seek out what brings God delight. Are you ready to go exploring?

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Podcast #135: “Magnify” by We Are Messengers

Putting a Spotlight on God in Psalm 34

“You’re making this into a bigger deal than it needs to be.” How many times have I either been on the giving OR receiving end of this statement? That’s what it means to magnify a situation. We make something appear larger than it is. The thing is, we will NEVER be able to “over-magnify” God. There is never a time where we will fully understand how “large” He is. The power comes in when we magnify God over our situation. This is what the song, “Magnify” by We Are Messengers calls us to do.

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Let’s head over to Psalm 34 and magnify the Lord together. I want to realign where my hope is set until He’s all that’s left.

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Podcast #134: “To Live Is Christ” by Sidewalk Prophets

Poring Over Philippians 1

I don’t know about you, but I tend to overload myself with distractions and messages. So much so, that I find it difficult to slow down enough to meditate on a thought, on Scripture, or on what God is saying to me. Singing Scripture is a way to meditate on it; and what better way than to use “To Live Is Christ” by Sidewalk Prophets? After all, the lyrics in the chorus come STRAIGHT from Scripture in Philippians chapter 1.

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Here we find Paul able to find joy in difficult circumstances. Let’s consider how that might be possible for us.

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Podcast #132: “Every Giant Will Fall” by Rend Collective

Gaining Perspective in Deuteronomy 1

We all need a good anthem to sing at the top of our lungs as we open the sun roof and crank the radio! Oh, wait — maybe that’s just me. “Every Giant Will Fall” by Rend Collective definitely fits the “great anthem” bill, all the while leading us to consider God’s ways and our response when faced with giants.

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Let’s consider how the Israelite people responded to the giants occupying their promised land.

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Podcast #129: “Christ In Me” by Jeremy Camp

Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus in Hebrews 12

In this season of the Olympics it is only appropriate to explore an athletic topic as a metaphor to our faith. I heard a returning Olympic athlete say that the medal he received four years ago, while wonderful, was the “wrong color.” For this athlete, gold is his standard. Jeremy Camp sings about another high standard in his song, “Christ In Me.”

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Join me in exploring Hebrews 12 as we commit to running the race set before us with our eye on the prize. Finishing strong is the only option.

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Podcast #128: “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson feat. Gabe Real

Knowing Who God is in the Midst of Chaos in Psalm 46

The most compelling music in our lives often speaks to the deepest riddles of our soul. “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson speaks of various storms that have impacted all of us at some point or another. However, I believe the song’s greatest impact lies in the comfort it brings to those of us in the middle of our own storms of life. The lyrics bring comfort by proclaiming the presence and provision of God.

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This song led me to the Psalms this week to seek confirmation of God’s character, promises, and presence in the middle of my own storms.

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