Mercy is one of those things that I want freely bestowed upon me, and yet I tend to be pretty stingy with mercy for others. God’s Word has wrecked me over the past few weeks as it relates to mercy. The Porter’s Gate Worship Project has a haunting ballad that has complemented my study as I worship with their song, “Have Mercy on Me.”
As we look intently into the mercy of God, may we better reflect it in our own lives.
When you drive up to a traffic circle and encounter a red triangular sign, it triggers a behavior to yield to traffic in the circle. If you’re married and gaze upon your wedding band, it may trigger memories of your wedding day or perhaps just bring your spouse’s face to mind. There are signs and symbols everywhere that prick our memories or guide our behaviors — especially at Christmas. This week, we will use “Noel” as sung by Lauren Daigle on Chris Tomlin’s Christmas album to point us to the symbols of Christmas and Scriptural truth we can take with us all year long.
Invest in some time learning Scripture references that the symbols of Christmas can spark in your mind for years to come.
Gauging Our Confidence Against Daniel, Moses, and David
The world today has a way taking good and noble things and twisting them into something God never intended. As we spend time in Scripture inspired by Sanctus Real’s song “Confidence,” the stark contrast between God’s way and the world’s way rises to the surface.
Join me as we jump into God’s Word and combat bad ideas with truth.
Trouble is inevitable, but I am strengthened by the knowledge that the Lord of Hosts is with us. Shane & Shane take Psalm 46 and help us sing it as a declaration of truth and praise in their song “Psalm 46 (Lord of Hosts).”
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.
Exploring Face-to-Face Encounters with God in Scripture
For all of us there are songs that resonate to the depths of our being. “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe was one of those songs for me. I’m thrilled that it’s back to the top of the charts and reaching a whole new generation of listeners. I’m also thrilled that it has inspired me to delve into Scripture to see what it was like for others to have face-to-face encounters with God.
Join me as we skip through the entirety of Scripture to “imagine” what it will be like for us to meet our God and Savior face-to-face.
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.
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.
The Bible has a lot to say about functioning in vibrant relationships. While the song by Casting Crowns, “Broken Together” speaks of a couple dealing with brokenness in marriage, we will use it to uncover some gems that will help us in ALL of our relationships.
Great relationships (especially great marriages) don’t “just happen.” Allowing Scripture to define how we should treat one another is definitely the way to go! Along with the podcast I’ve created a resource to challenge you to “one up” those most important to you. Check it out!
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.