Podcast #230: “Overcomer” by Mandisa

Overcoming the World in 1 John 5

Some troubles God uses to help us grow and develop endurance. There are obstacles in our lives, however, that we need to overcome…not just endure.  Be sure that the message of Mandisa’s song “Overcomer” is one that you can truly proclaim. In 1 John 5, John asks, “Who can overcome the world?”  I want to sing along with Mandisa on your behalf, “You’re an OVERCOMER!”

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Join me as we discover how to truly be overcomers.

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Podcast #229: “God So Loved” by Hillsong Worship

Believing INTO Jesus in John 3

Passion. Zeal. Love. Light. These are all characteristics of my Savior, Jesus Christ. This passionate, zealous, loving, Light of the World comes into our hearts to drive out the darkness — not to condemn us, but to save us. This truth is profound and eternal — it’s worth spending some time to slowly take it all in.

Follow me to the gospel of John as we consider a familiar passage in light of the context of Scripture.

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Podcast #228: “Fix My Eyes” by Kings Kaleidoscope

Fixing Our Eyes in Hebrews 12, 2 Corinthians 4, and Psalm 119

My daughter is in driver’s education this week, and after riding with her a few times I can confirm…you steer where you stare. As you become a more seasoned driver you may be able to take your eyes off of the road and not immediately swerve, but you cannot stay straight without fixing your eyes on the path ahead. Scripture confirms this, and King’s Kaleidoscope’s song “Fix Your Eyes” helps up meditate on this truth.

Let’s fix our eyes this week on what Scripture has to teach us about our faith and more.

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Podcast #227: “Dream Small” by Josh Wilson

Avoiding the Comparison Trap in Nehemiah 3

I was raised to dream big. It is part of our culture to want the next generation to have more than we had. So, when I heard the challenge offered by Josh Wilson in his song “Dream Small,” I was inspired by the lyrics and this counter cultural idea.

Join me in a chapter you may just be tempted to skim over in Nehemiah where we see the significance of individual obedience…no matter how small.

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Podcast #224: “joy.” by For King and Country

Splashing Out Joy in Romans 15

Major decisions in life often determine our final destination. But what about our daily choices, like the attitudes we choose? For King and Country challenges us all in their song “joy.” to choose joy in the midst of trials. Of course, they didn’t come up with that on their own…it’s all over Scripture.

Let’s consider what God’s Word has to say on the matter on a journey from James to the Psalms to Romans.

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Podcast #223: “I Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin

Inspecting David's Posture in Psalm 28

Does it matter the position of our body if our heart is sincere in worship? I believe we can acknowledge things about God through our physical posture. Chris Tomlin’s song “I Lift My Hands” leads us to consider one position mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. In fact, David often speaks of body position in the Psalms.

Join me in Psalm 28 to see what we can discover about posture, worship, prayer, and God.

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Podcast #222: “He Still Does” by Hawk Nelson

Uncovering a Miracle in 2 Chronicles 20

We all want the miracle, but are we willing to do our part? Are we willing to seek Him? Are we willing to walk in God’s ways? Hawk Nelson reminds us that God is in the miracle business through their song “He Still Does.” King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah experienced an amazing miracle one morning in the desert.

The Lord was with King Jehoshaphat — join me as we explore why.

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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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