Podcast #220: “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship

Finding Freedom in John 8

In our culture these days the idea of “freedom” is often seen as the license to do whatever you want. However, Scripture teaches us that we are bound like slaves to whatever we obey…whether sin or righteousness. Hillsong Worship reminds us that we are free when the Son sets us free in their song “Who You Say I Am.”

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Jesus has some strong words to say about the matter in John 8. Why don’t you join me there?

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Podcast #219: “Just Say Jesus” by 7eventh Time Down

The Significance of the Name of the Lord in Acts 4 and Psalm 118

This week’s song,  “Just Say Jesus” by 7eventh Time Down, is a wonderful anthem to all of us who have come to the end of our rope. The name of Jesus is a powerful representation of God and holds power in our lives. On today’s episode we see proof of this power in Scripture.

I hope you will release this same power in your life through the name of Jesus.

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Podcast #218: “When We Pray” by Tauren Wells

Discovering What Happens When the Church Prays in Acts 4

What happens when God’s people unite in prayer? Well, I suppose it depends. It depends on their motives, on whether they are surrendered to God’s will, and ultimately on what they are asking for. Tauren Well’s song, “When We Pray,” inspired me to sit in Acts 3 and 4 this week to see what the early church prayed for.

I love the quote at the beginning of the music video, “If God answered the prayers you have been praying, would it change anyone else’s world but your own?”

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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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