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 #210: “He Will” by Ellie Holcomb

Savoring the Promises of God in Isaiah 61

The waiting. When it’s laced with anticipation and excitement, it can add to the experience. When it’s laced with sorrow and weariness, it can bring us low. There are so many promises of God in Scripture that have been fulfilled, are being fulfilled, and will be fulfilled. Ellie Holcomb’s song, “He Will” leads us to a prophesy in Isaiah that Christ has fulfilled, is fulfilling, and will fulfill.

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Let’s join our voices to the lyrics of our song and “praise Him through our sadness until the promise is fulfilled.”

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Podcast #206: “Shepherd of My Soul” by Kutless

Comparing Shepherds in Ezekiel 34 and John 10

Jesus, my Lord, is my Shepherd, and He is a good shepherd. I have the benefit of coming in on the scene after the Good Shepherd has come the first time and will come again. Kutless’ new song, “Shepherd of My Soul” sings of our Shepherd and sent me to Scripture to explore what it says about shepherds.

We are going on a journey this week to compare and contrast shepherds in Scripture. Join me?

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Podcast #205: “Where Were You” by Ghost Ship

So Many Questions in the Book of Job

Sometimes I feel like a toddler — you know, the ones with questions for days. Their questions are unending partly because they wired for curiosity and partly because they grow in their understanding of the world through questions. Job has his own book in the Old Testament and it is filled with questions about the reason behind his suffering. God does eventually respond to Job, but rather than detailed answers He replies with a few questions of His own. In their song, “Where Were You,” the band Ghost Ship captures the heart of Job’s question and a great sampling of God’s counter response.

Have you experienced suffering? Are you in the midst of it right now? Let’s learn a little from Job this week.

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Podcast #200: “How Many Kings” by downhere

Unveiling Our Illustrious King in Colossians 1

I have been keeping Jesus small. I have found myself saying things like, “He started as a baby.” Fortunately for me, I allowed Scripture to reshape my thinking this week. Inspired by downhere’s song, “How Many Kings,” I considered what sort of king Jesus is to emphasize the tremendous sacrifice it was for Him to come to earth as a human (much less a baby). But He did NOT “start” as a baby.

Join me in Colossians 1 to put the magnifying glass on just a handful of characteristics of King Jesus.

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Podcast #190: “Word of Life” by Jeremy Camp

Observing, Reflecting, and Responding to God's Word in Psalm 119

God’s Word challenges and convicts, reveals and comforts. It is an amazing privilege to have access to the words God has preserved for us. Jeremy Camp’s song, “Word of Life,” sings of effects God’s Word can have on our lives. Our efforts this week can bring that impact to life.

Join me as we follow a repeatable pattern to interact with God’s Word.

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Podcast #189: “Hard Love” by NEEDTOBREATHE

Discovering How God's Hard Love Makes Valiant Warriors in 2 Samuel 23

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. This is not merely a cliche — it is played out in every epic story in history. NEEDTOBREATHE’s song “Hard Love” reminds us that the difficult obstacles just may be a part of God’s design in making us stronger.

We discover a valiant warrior in 2 Samuel 23. The real challenge is when we consider what he had to go through to become a valiant warrior.

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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 #167: “I Have This Hope” by Tenth Avenue North

Digging Deeper Foundations of Hope in Isaiah 43

How do you built a solid foundation of hope? Make sure you base it on something real and true…like God’s Word. Tenth Avenue North sings of truth in their song “I Have This Hope.” Their lyrics come from Scripture, but their hope comes from God. You can deepen your hope by going deeper into God’s Word.

Don’t stay on the surface! Spend time in Isaiah 43 this week!

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Podcast #158: “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship

Exploring a Couple of the Names of Jesus

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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