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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Podcast #193: “Happy Dance” by MercyMe

Joy Unspeakable in 1 Peter 1

I’ve always wondered why it is more acceptable to express our joy over a touchdown (in my case an LSU Tiger touchdown) than in our salvation. MercyMe’s new song, “Happy Dance,” challenges us to let our joy out!

Join me as we head over to 1 Peter to explore unspeakable joy.

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Podcast #192: “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns

Giving Our Souls a Good Talking To 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 and example of this. It won’t be hard to relate to the psalmist this week!

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Podcast #191: “This I Believe (The Creed)” by Hillsong Worship

Revealing Scriptural Support for the Statements of the Apostles' Creed

There are some nights when the moon shines so brightly I don’t even have to turn on the outside lights to pick my way across my back deck. It’s like a spotlight in the sky. Except that the moon doesn’t have any light of it’s own. The moon merely reflects the light of the sun. When we sing Hillsong Worship’s song, “This I Believe (The Creed)” or recite the statements found in the Apostles’ Creed we realize that it is not Scripture, but a reflection of the truth found in Scripture.

I hope you’ll take on the challenge of exploring the Scriptural support for the statements of the Apostles’ Creed with me. In fact, I’ve created a useful resource to help you.

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Podcast #189: “Hard Love” by NEEDTOBREATHE

Discovering How God's Hard Love Makes Valiant Warriors in 2 Samuel 23

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. This is not merely a cliche — it is played out in every epic story in history. NEEDTOBREATHE’s song “Hard Love” reminds us that the difficult obstacles just may be a part of God’s design in making us stronger.

We discover a valiant warrior in 2 Samuel 23. The real challenge is when we consider what he had to go through to become a valiant warrior.

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Podcast #187: “Poison Tree” by Ghost Ship

Calling Out the Works of the Flesh in Galatians 5

Sometimes we try to dress up sin to make it acceptable, or even worse, don’t address it at all. “Poison Tree” by Ghost Ship doesn’t play that game. The song describes the poisonous and ugly nature of sin while contrasting it to the new life Christ offers. If we never inspect sin closely, we’ll keep excusing it and miss out on the fruit our lives could bear instead.

We’ll stay in Galatians this week to explore the dirty rotten truths about the works of the flesh.

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