Podcast #284: “Yes I Will” by Vertical Worship

Life’s full of choices, isn’t it? The funny thing is, even when we don’t intentionally choose a response, we have still made a choice. Vertical Worship’s song, “Yes I Will,” reminds us that we can choose to bless the Lord at all times.

King David made that choice, and this week we explore one of the songs he wrote to remind himself of God’s faithfulness.

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Podcast #282: “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” by Michael W. Smith

Sometimes you’re in a battle, and sometimes you just feel like a weight is bearing down on you, immobilizing you. The King James Version of the Bible calls this a “spirit of heaviness.” The English Standard Version calls it a “faint spirit.” No matter the description that fits you best, our Savior has given us a great exchange. Michael W. Smith sings about it in his song, “Surrounded (Fight My Battles).”

Explore Isaiah 61 with me as put on the garment of praise in exchange for the spirit of heaviness.

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Meditate
    • Pray Scripture
    • Write out Scripture
    • Speak Scripture aloud
    • Journal
    • Follow the cross-references
    • Make a list
  • Michael W. Smith’s reference to Isaiah 61 in the opening of his song
  • The terrible exchange of a spring of living water for a broken cistern in Jeremiah 2
  • The glorious exchanges listed in Isaiah 61:1-3
  • The proven battle plan of leading out in praise – 2 Chronicles 20
  • Putting on the garment of praise through singing, speaking, journaling, praying and remembering
  • My “Garment of Praise” playlist on Spotify – Spotify link
  • Following the cross reference in Isaiah 61 to Luke 4:16-21
  • Considering the giver of the garment of praise in Isaiah 61:3
  • The expected result of this great exchange – Isaiah 61:3
  • Considering being rooted in Colossians 2 and planted in Psalm 1
  • How God’s greatest glory IS my greatest good
  • Making a list of who “they” are that these gift are for
  • Making a list of the expected accomplishments of the transformed “they”
  • Another great exchange in Isaiah 61:7
  • Our praise response in Isaiah 61:10-11

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This Week’s Challenge

Perhaps you are suffering from a faint spirit. Remember that Christ was anointed to bring you the good news and a gift…a garment of praise in exchange for your faint spirit. Read Isaiah 61 this week and explore all of the details it offers us while using the Episode 282 to give you the tools to do so. Put on the garment of praise this week. Ponder through singing, write out Scripture, speak out Scripture, incorporate Scripture into your prayers, and call out to God all that He has done for you.


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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 #270: “God Only Knows” by For King & Country

Trauma and tragedy can leave us feeling lonely and unseen. For King & Country’s song “God Only Knows” reminds us that God holds a deep love and understanding of you and your circumstances (past or present). Many of the psalms of David poetically reflect our own heart’s cry.

Let’s take a deep look at one of those psalms this week.

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Context
    • Repetition
    • Write in your Bible
    • Consider the opposite
    • Make a list
  • The line in the song that led me to the verse that led me to our focus Psalm this week – Psalm 25:16
  • How Psalm 25 is an acrostic psalm, meaning each verse starts with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet (which is why is may read more disjointed than other psalms)
  • Using the BITE of repetition to let the psalm really sink in
  • My desire to seek God’s face before I seek His hand
  • An article by Mortimer Adler on” How to Mark a Book” – Online Article
  • Directing our attention to God first by marking every reference to God (by name or pronoun) with a triangle (or symbol or color of choice)
  • Considering the opposite of steadfast – Psalm 25:7
  • How God’s way is not consistent with our way -Psalm 25:8, Isaiah 55:8-9
  • Marking the verbs in this psalm
  • Making a list/column of “God’s verbs” vs. “My verbs”
  • Recognizing that God takes on everything and our role is very limited

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This Week’s Challenge

Read Psalm 25 repeatedly this week. Then take the time to INTERACT with Psalm 25. Mark all of the references to God. Then make notes in a notebook or in the margins of what you learn about God through the words of this Psalm. Next, mark all of the verbs. Make a list of the “God verbs” in one column and a list of the “Me verbs” in another. Observe through this exercise all that God takes on Himself while our role is merely to trust, wait, fear, abide, take refuge, and keep His covenant.


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Podcast #268: “Have Mercy on Me” by The Porter’s Gate Worship Project (feat. David Gungor)

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.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #266: “Defender” by Francesca Battistelli

God is our Defender. It is important to remember that the next time you feel the need to defend yourself. Psalm 18 says God’s gift of salvation to us is our shield. So why do I think my words are my shield? Or my silence? Or any effort on my part? Francesca Battistelli’s song “Defender” leads us to Scripture and to considering this and other characteristics of God.

I suppose the question is now, “What how will we respond in the future now that we know the truth?”

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Podcast #262: “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship

We can learn so much through the study of the names of God. Hillsong Worship’s song, “What a Beautiful Name,” puts the name of Jesus front and center in a moving song of worship. How much more powerful will this song be when you invest some time in discovering and contemplating a few names revealed in God’s Word?

Let’s go to the beginning with Jesus, shall we?

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Podcast #258: “Maybe It’s Ok” by We Are Messengers

Your emotions and feelings are real, but they are not reliable. This week we will use “Maybe It’s Ok” by We Are Messengers to explore the truth about God so that we can truly say, “It’s okay that I’m not okay.”

We can trust God to hold it all together even when we feel like it’s all falling apart. Let’s discover this together in Scripture.

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Podcast #256: “Shattered” by Blanca

I dropped a glass casserole lid on my tile kitchen floor the other day. It shattered into a host of small pieces. I’m still finding pieces of glass here and there. There’s a difference between being broken and shattered. Shattered seem so irreparable. In Blanca’s song “Shattered” she reminds us that the task of putting the shattered pieces back together is not too big for God.

Scripture offers many examples of shattered lives that God touches. We’ll look at one example together this week.

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Podcast #255: “Only Jesus” by Casting Crowns

We live in a very self-centered society these days. I read a study recently that stated that 1 in 5 millennials would quit their job to become famous. This is not the way of Jesus, however. Casting Crowns song “Only Jesus” reminds us that “Jesus is the only name to remember.”

Join me in Psalm 115 as we join the Psalmist in comparing and contrasting God and idols (anything that sets itself up as a god in our lives).

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