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 #183: “O God Forgive Us” by For King and Country

Praying Against the Invaders in Psalm 79

Today’s most popular songs, like the Psalms, are often reflective of the times. For King and Country’s song “O God Forgive Us” reflects the issues of our time, but includes an age-old prayer of repentance. We see a cry for deliverance from a very desperate situation in Psalm 79 this week. Perhaps you are crying out from a place of desperation, too.

You can reclaim your identity, cry out for deliverance, and promise praise right along with the psalmist.

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Podcast #160: “Even If” by MercyMe

Finding Faithfulness in Daniel 3

We can hide behind convenient truth when things are swell, but when our feet are to the fire the deep truth tends to come out. Will we be willing to log years of faithfulness such that our circumstances no longer define God’s ability or position in our minds? “Even If” by MercyMe leads us to a powerful “even if” moment in Scripture.

What can we learn from three friends in a foreign land?

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Podcast #157: “Live It Well” by Switchfoot

Poring Over Psalm 90

Perspective. I sure need more of it. How about you? I need more perspective when I’m impatiently waiting in line at the grocery store, when I get cut off in traffic, or when I get a snarky email or social media comment from a friend. Moses had a unique perspective because of his intimate relationship with God and his front row seat to the demise of an entire generation of people. Switchfoot’s song, “Live It Well,” not only reminds us that life is short, but encourages us to live it well.

Moses encourages the same in Psalm 90. Are you ready to jump in the deep end this week?

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Podcast #149: “Amaryllis” by Christy Nockels

Investigating Christ's Family Tree

Family…it’s beautiful, and frustrating, and glorious, and embarrassing, and diverse — even Christ’s family line carries some characters and heroes. Christy Nockels’ song, “Amaryllis,” inspired me to explore a few of the people in the lineage of Christ. How appropriate during this time of year when many of us have just made another year of memories with family and friends at Christmas.

Whether your family is on the glorious side, or the tragic, or somewhere in between, we see God weave all kinds of people into the lineage of the Savior of the world…so surely there’s hope for us!

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Podcast #134: “To Live Is Christ” by Sidewalk Prophets

Poring Over Philippians 1

I don’t know about you, but I tend to overload myself with distractions and messages. So much so, that I find it difficult to slow down enough to meditate on a thought, on Scripture, or on what God is saying to me. Singing Scripture is a way to meditate on it; and what better way than to use “To Live Is Christ” by Sidewalk Prophets? After all, the lyrics in the chorus come STRAIGHT from Scripture in Philippians chapter 1.

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Here we find Paul able to find joy in difficult circumstances. Let’s consider how that might be possible for us.

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Podcast #129: “Christ In Me” by Jeremy Camp

Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus in Hebrews 12

In this season of the Olympics it is only appropriate to explore an athletic topic as a metaphor to our faith. I heard a returning Olympic athlete say that the medal he received four years ago, while wonderful, was the “wrong color.” For this athlete, gold is his standard. Jeremy Camp sings about another high standard in his song, “Christ In Me.”

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Join me in exploring Hebrews 12 as we commit to running the race set before us with our eye on the prize. Finishing strong is the only option.

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