Podcast #217: “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me

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.

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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 #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 #188: “Broken Together” by Casting Crowns

Examining the Mystery of Marriage in Scripture

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!

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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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Podcast #186: “Spirit Of The Living God” by Meredith Andrews

Gazing at the Spirit in Galatians

Tragedy changes the way we see things. Most often in the midst of tragedy, what is MOST important rises to the surface. Unfortunately, that clarity is often temporary when the “new normal” takes over. Meredith Andrew’s song, “Spirit of the Living God,” calls on the Holy Spirit to change “what we see and what we seek.” My prayer is that it will be a permanent correction.

We see glimpses of truths related to the Holy Spirit in Galatians. We’ll sit there this week.

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Podcast #185: “O Come To The Altar” by Elevation Worship

Searching in the Shadows to Reveal the Realities of Two Altars

Old Testament Scripture is full of models and examples of the things to come — things that are ultimately fulfilled in Christ. Hebrews even says they are “a shadow” not the “realities.” Elevation Worship’s song “O Come To The Altar” sent me on a journey to discover the significance of two altars found in the tabernacle of old.

Come with me as we peek into the old covenant to better understand the new. I have a feeling it will affect the way you “come to the altar” in the future.

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Podcast #179: “There Is Power” by Lincoln Brewster

Praying in the Name of Jesus in John 14-16

“That’s the way we’ve always done it” has often caused the hair on the back of my neck to stand up. Not that tradition is bad, but understanding WHY we do things should be our motivating factor, not custom. I pray in Jesus’ name, but there is a Scriptural reason why. Lincoln Brewster’s song “There Is Power” reminds us of the power found in the name of Jesus.

Explore God’s Word with me as we discover the power truly found in Jesus’ name.

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Podcast #176: “Whole Heart” by Brandon Heath

Surveying King Asa's Wholeheartedness in 2 Chronicles 14-16

Go all in. It looks good on a t-shirt. It looks good on a Christ-follower, too. Unfortunately, we are really good at half-way when it comes to our devotion to the Lord. I find myself going in spurts. I’m all in for awhile and then I get distracted. I’m gung-ho in one area, but not in another. Brandon Heath’s new song, “Whole Heart” reminds us to love God the way He wants us to…with our whole heart.

There’s a wonderful story found in 2 Chronicles about King Asa and all of Judah going “all in.”  Will you join me?

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Podcast #173: “Find You Here” by Ellie Holcomb

Instruction in Suffering in 1 Peter

Challenges in our lives will never stop coming. Like waves that ebb and flow in strength and number, our trials and suffering come in and go out, but they never stop coming. The solution is to fix our eyes on God and the hope revealed in His Word. Ellie Holcomb’s song “Find You Here” reminds us that He is in the midst of each ordeal…even the darkest ones.

Peter knew he needed to prepare believers for fiery trials, too. Let’s let our song lead us there this week.

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