Podcast #285: “King Of My Heart” by John Mark and Sarah McMillan

I want the truth about God to be the soundtrack of my life. What we listen to matters and it changes the way we think. That’s why I am drawn to John Mark and Sarah McMillan’s song, “King Of My Heart.” It calls out the characteristics of our unfathomable God, allowing me to meditate on HIM instead of ME.

We will use some of the lyrics to take us on a journey through Scripture to confirm that the King of our heart is indeed GOOD.

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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 #263: “New Wine” by Hillsong Worship

Jesus turned the world upside down with his wisdom and teaching. He also rubbed a lot of people the wrong way — especially religious people — because He did things differently. “New Wine” by Hillsong Worship inspired me to explore a time when Jesus used new wine in a metaphor.

Let’s explore the gospels together to learn more.

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Podcast #244: “So Will I (100 Billion X)” by Hillsong United

Comparing Our Worship With All of Creation in Genesis 1 and Psalm 148

The Psalmist readily acknowledges that all of creation praises God. Humans are mentioned in just two verses that call on God’s heavenly and earthly creation to worship Him in Psalm 148. Hillsong United sings of this in their song “So Will I” when they lyrically recognize that our praise is not unique to humankind.

Join me as we consider the ramifications of our worship.

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Podcast #241: “Satisfied In You (Psalm 42)” by The Sing Team

Poring Over Psalm 42

The Rolling Stones really captured the essence of culture when they sang, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Our world is in a constant state of discontent. When you weigh the philosophy of this week’s song by The Sing Team, “Satisfied In You (Psalm 42),” you discover that our satisfaction doesn’t lie in our effort as sung by our friend Mick, but rather in God.

There are unlikely discoveries in a Psalm you may know in part. Join me this week as we pore over Psalm 42.

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Podcast #237: “Known” by Tauren Wells

Discovering the How, How Much, and Why We Are Known by God in Psalm 139

You are not invisible.

You are known.

Tauren Well’s song “Known” sings about it and so does David in Psalm 139. When you let the truths of this Psalm sink into your being it will change you.

Join me this week as we break it all down.

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Podcast #232: “You Say” by Lauren Daigle

Discovering What God Really Says in Ephesians 2, 2 Corinthians 12, & Isaiah 41 & 43

It is so easy for me to fall into the trap of allowing what others think of me to determine my identity. There is really only ONE who has the authority to tell me who I am…and that is my Creator. Lauren Daigle’s new song “You Say” inspired a sort of scavenger hunt through Scripture to discover who we really are in HIM.

Let’s discover what God’s Word has to say about it and stand in faith and belief on what it says.

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Podcast #228: “Fix My Eyes” by Kings Kaleidoscope

Fixing Our Eyes in Hebrews 12, 2 Corinthians 4, and Psalm 119

My daughter is in driver’s education this week, and after riding with her a few times I can confirm…you steer where you stare. As you become a more seasoned driver you may be able to take your eyes off of the road and not immediately swerve, but you cannot stay straight without fixing your eyes on the path ahead. Scripture confirms this, and King’s Kaleidoscope’s song “Fix Your Eyes” helps up meditate on this truth.

Let’s fix our eyes this week on what Scripture has to teach us about our faith and more.

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Podcast #221: “Witness” by Jordan Feliz

Witnessing God's Goodness in Psalm 36

God’s goodness is unfathomable. David tries to explain it in Psalm 36 with really big metaphors as a witness to the awe he feels when considering God. Similarly, Jordan Feliz’ song “Witness” calls us to testify to the virtues of our Father in heaven as well.

Let’s use the song to inspire us to read the Psalm and see what we learn, shall we?

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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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