Podcast #225: “Counting Every Blessing” by Rend Collective

Wandering Through Paul's Epistles

If I asked the Apostle Paul to examine my life, I’m pretty sure he would see blessings that I’m not seeing. I’m fairly convinced we’re on the lookout for two different things. That has been confirmed for me this week as I’ve meandered through his letters looking for the blessings he counts. This quest was inspired by Rend Collective’s song, “Counting Every Blessing.”

Join me on a journey through the epistles…it may just change the way you look at things, too.

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Podcast #224: “joy.” by For King and Country

Splashing Out Joy in Romans 15

Major decisions in life often determine our final destination. But what about our daily choices, like the attitudes we choose? For King and Country challenges us all in their song “joy.” to choose joy in the midst of trials. Of course, they didn’t come up with that on their own…it’s all over Scripture.

Let’s consider what God’s Word has to say on the matter on a journey from James to the Psalms to Romans.

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Podcast #223: “I Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin

Inspecting David's Posture in Psalm 28

Does it matter the position of our body if our heart is sincere in worship? I believe we can acknowledge things about God through our physical posture. Chris Tomlin’s song “I Lift My Hands” leads us to consider one position mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. In fact, David often speaks of body position in the Psalms.

Join me in Psalm 28 to see what we can discover about posture, worship, prayer, and God.

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Podcast #218: “When We Pray” by Tauren Wells

Discovering What Happens When the Church Prays in Acts 4

What happens when God’s people unite in prayer? Well, I suppose it depends. It depends on their motives, on whether they are surrendered to God’s will, and ultimately on what they are asking for. Tauren Well’s song, “When We Pray,” inspired me to sit in Acts 3 and 4 this week to see what the early church prayed for.

I love the quote at the beginning of the music video, “If God answered the prayers you have been praying, would it change anyone else’s world but your own?”

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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.

Photo Credit:Idella Maeland

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 #213: “All My Hope” by Crowder

Inspecting our Living Hope in 1 Peter 1

Exaggerated claims abound these days. You can’t turn on the news for a few minutes without hearing overstatements on all sides…and don’t get me started about “teenager-speak.” Crowder in his song, “All My Hope,” asks us to sing along with quite a claim…the claim that ALL our hope is in Jesus. This week we explore whether or not we place ALL our hope in Jesus. We also consider just what kind of hope we’ve been given.

You will be encouraged and challenged as we consider our living hope and where it asks us to fix our eyes.

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Podcast #212: “I’m Not Ashamed” by Abigail Duhon

Examining the Power of the Gospel in Romans 1

I discovered the difference between being “shamed” and being “ashamed” through my study this week. Abigail Duhon’s song, “I’m Not Ashamed,” leads us to Romans 1 and Paul’s famous declaration,  “I am not ashamed of the gospel.”

Exploring and meditating on this Scripture will really change the way you think…if you let it.

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Podcast #209: “Broken Prayers” by Riley Clemmons

Meditating on a Messy Prayer in Psalm 44

Have you ever been afraid to pray because you aren’t sure you are doing it “right”? Riley Clemmons, in her song “Broken Prayers,” reminds us that God is not afraid of how we are feeling. We can be real with Him in the midst of the messy.

The psalmist in Psalm 44 gives us an example of crying out to God from a desperately broken place. Let’s explore it together.

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Podcast #202: “All Glory Be To Christ” by Kings Kaleidoscope

Placing God in the Right Position in Psalm 127

Happy New Year! Each new year brings with it an opportunity to set new goals and consider what your focus will be before life gets in the way. Kings Kaleidoscope has a song set to the tune of the traditional new year’s song “Auld Lang Syne.” Their song “All Glory Be To Christ” reminds us ultimately what each new year is about…Jesus.

Photo credit: Christian Kaindl

The song leads us to Psalm 127 where we are reminded that we are nothing without the Lord.

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Podcast #186: “Spirit Of The Living God” by Meredith Andrews

Gazing at the Spirit in Galatians

Tragedy changes the way we see things. Most often in the midst of tragedy, what is MOST important rises to the surface. Unfortunately, that clarity is often temporary when the “new normal” takes over. Meredith Andrew’s song, “Spirit of the Living God,” calls on the Holy Spirit to change “what we see and what we seek.” My prayer is that it will be a permanent correction.

We see glimpses of truths related to the Holy Spirit in Galatians. We’ll sit there this week.

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