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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Podcast #204: “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” by Tenth Avenue North

Seeing Jacob Give Up Control in Genesis 28

Everyone has a story. Part of the beauty of God’s Word is when we can identify with the people God chose to weave into His BIG story of redemption. Tenth Avenue North’s song “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” leads us to explore Jacob in the book of Genesis.

There is a distinct time and place where Jacob gives control to God. Let’s consider this place of surrender together.

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Podcast #202: “All Glory Be To Christ” by Kings Kaleidoscope

Placing God in the Right Position in Psalm 127

Happy New Year! Each new year brings with it an opportunity to set new goals and consider what your focus will be before life gets in the way. Kings Kaleidoscope has a song set to the tune of the traditional new year’s song “Auld Lang Syne.” Their song “All Glory Be To Christ” reminds us ultimately what each new year is about…Jesus.

Photo credit: Christian Kaindl

The song leads us to Psalm 127 where we are reminded that we are nothing without the Lord.

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Podcast #199: “I Will Find a Way” by Jason Gray

Discovering God's Way to Our Heart in Isaiah 43

What if Jesus had come to earth in another way? He is God after all. He didn’t HAVE to plan to come as a baby. Have you ever considered why? Jason Gray’s song grapples with this idea in his song “I Will Find a Way” based on a short story, “An Advent Monologue,” by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Join me on a journey to Isaiah 43 where we hear the loving voice of our Father.

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Podcast #197: “Come Thou Fount” by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

Tuning Our Wandering Hearts Through Remembrance

There’s a problem in our hearts that is not a new problem. We have hearts that are prone to wander from God. Hillary Scott & The Scott Family sing of this very thing in their rendition of the famous hymn, “Come Thou Fount.” These lyrics will take us on a wonderful journey through Scripture this week.

Perhaps you’ll find a place to sit and stay for awhile with the Source of all our fountains.

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Podcast #196: “Nothing But the Blood” by Jars of Clay

Noting in Scripture That Nothing but the Blood of Jesus Atones for Sin

Sometimes my grandmother bemoans the repetition in contemporary worship songs. Once she mentioned she felt like the worship team might just “sing of your love forever”…forever. I’m pretty sure she’ll excuse the repetition in the classic hymn “Nothing but the Blood” as it leads us to consider the significance of the blood shed by our Savior.

No matter how hard we may “try,” NOTHING but the blood of Jesus can atone for our sin.

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Podcast #195: “How Great Thou Art” by Carrie Underwood

Meditating on the Wonders of God in Psalm 145

Let’s develop a sense of wonder, shall we? The famous hymn “How Great Thou Art” leads us to consider God with a sense of “awesome wonder.” I chose Carrie Underwood’s rendition to meditate on Psalm 145.

David sat in awesome wonder of God and gives us a host of truths to meditate on in just one Psalm.

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Podcast #194: “You Are My Vision” by Rend Collective

Seeking Wisdom From the Source

From time to time I enjoy a few (or a bag) of Oreos. While they are enjoyable, they are not nourishing. The hymns of old are full of rich nourishing doctrine that help form a strong foundation for the believer. This week I use Rend Collective’s rendition of “You Are My Vision,” a classic hymn versified by Eleanor Hull in 1912.

Join me as I uncover the Scriptural recipe for a nourishing meal at the table of God.

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