Podcast #283: “Spirit Lead Me” by Michael Ketterer

One of my favorite ways to understand Scripture is to consider the opposite. Whatever it IS becomes clearer for me when I think about what it’s NOT. Michael Ketterer does that for us in the song, “Spirit Lead Me,” when he reminds us that chasing feelings is the opposite of being led by the Spirit.

I want to be led by the Spirit, but I’ve learned in my studies that first I must “inquire of the Lord.”

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Podcast #278: “Alive” by Big Daddy Weave

Have you ever read about people who have been given a new lease on life? Perhaps it was a medical breakthrough or second chance, but their lives changed completely. These examples pale in comparison to what happens when we are made alive with Christ. Big Daddy Weave sings about it in their new song, “Alive.”

Paul writes about it in his letter to the Ephesians. Let’s explore it together!

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Podcast #277: “Look Up Child” by Lauren Daigle

This week’s episode is in tribute to my mentor’s daughter. In life and in death she inspired others to lift their faces to the One Who could save them. That’s why Lauren Daigle’s song “Look Up Child” inspires us to explore Scripture today.

Let’s dive in to some key Scriptures where God’s people are called to look up and live.

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Podcast #272: “Scars” by I Am They

It’s the hardest experiences that often shape us the most. While they may be excruciating in the moment, when we persevere, these trials lead to greater character and hope. “Scars” by I Am They sings of this very phenomenon. May we be strengthened by our scars, not broken by them.

There is a man deeply scarred that you may have missed in the Old Testament. Let’s read about him together!

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Podcast #267: “Best News Ever” by MercyMe

Did you know that you could actually hear the best news ever, and it is for you, and you could miss it? It happens all the time. MercyMe sings of the “Best News Ever” and inspired me to head into Scripture to see what we can do to make sure we don’t miss out.

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It’s a simple call from the mouth of Jesus. Have you responded?

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Podcast #253: “Christmas Eve in Bethlehem” by Hannah Kerr

Have you ever been asked to, “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” That’s exactly the journey I took this week as I used Hannah Kerr’s “Christmas Eve in Bethlehem” to lead me to the Christmas story once again.

This time through the Christmas story we’ll seek to place ourselves inside the story and see how the story would/should go in our lives today.

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Podcast #247: “Peace Be Still” by The Belonging Co (feat. Lauren Daigle)

Pursuing Perfect Peace in Isaiah 26

Maybe it’s too many Hallmark Movies, but I love it when the protagonist leans in and puts her head on the shoulder of the man she’s fallen in love with. In that act there is a sense of love, safety, and trust. In the song by The Belonging Co, “Peace Be Still,” Lauren Daigle sings about faith rising up and peace reigning. This very thing shows up in another song found in the book of Isaiah where we learn to “lean in” to our Father through trust.

Join me as we explore the words of this Old Testament prophet.

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Podcast #246: “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne

A Cry From the Depths in Jonah 2

Do you ever feel like you are drowning with seaweed wrapped around your head? It’s a pretty descriptive picture of distress that I see in Scripture AND in Avril Lavigne’s new song, “Head Above Water.” When we’re drowning in life let’s cry out to God for rescue because “salvation belongs to the Lord!”

Let’s talk about Jonah, Jesus, and the folly of taking things into our own hands.

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Podcast #236: “Better For It” by Riley Clemmons

Exploring the Suffering of Joseph in Genesis 37-50

My eyes are different now that I’m older. When something is too close to my face it gets all blurry and I can’t see it clearly. That’s how suffering is. When we’re too close to it we sometimes can’t see clearly how God might be able to use it to develop our character or impact His Kingdom. Riley Clemmon’s song “Better For It” reminds us that our good is on the other side of it all.

Joseph had some growing up to do and his suffering not only made him “better for it,” but changed the course of history.

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Podcast #235: “What a Friend” by Matt Maher

Finding Friendship with Christ in John 15

Picture the best friend you’ve ever had. Friendship with Jesus is nothing like that. It’s deeper, richer, more meaningful, and more life-giving than the best friendship you’ve ever had. The effects of being Christ’s friend will make you a better person and more useful to the Kingdom of God than you could ever imagine. Matt Maher’s song, “What a Friend,” inspired me to explore what Scripture has to say about being friends with Jesus.

I learned something new this week. I can’t wait to share it with you!

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