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.
The red letters in our Bibles highlight the words of Christ. In Crowder’s new song “Red Letters” he sings of the power of those words to change our hearts as the Holy Spirit breathes life into our spiritually dead bodies.
There are some pretty big ideas woven into this song. Let’s explore the Scriptural basis together.
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.
What we believe matters. It will impact how we think and how we live. In the song titled “The Way” by Pat Barrett, he sings of a fundamental belief that Christians hold — that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. As we explore the area of Scripture where this doxology originated we discover this belief is important in so many ways.
Join me as we meditate on the words of Christ and find comfort in the process.
The waters of our soul are deep. The cry of the song “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns reminds us that we can bare our souls to the One who created us inside and out. If we spend some time tending to our souls, we can experience the faithfulness of God in the deepest places of our being.
The Psalms include many soul-baring moments, and Psalm 42 contains an example of this. It won’t be hard to relate to the psalmist this week!
Praising Like Habakkuk Even When Your World is Falling Apart
There’s no free pass from suffering for Christians. I wish there were. I have dear friends who are wrestling with God during sickness, conflict, strife, and injustice. Habakkuk wrestled, too. In fact, his name means embrace like a wrestler. May we embrace God’s character through faith while wrestling through our circumstances. Perhaps Micah Tyler’s song “Even Then” can be a part of the soundtrack.
You will be refreshed at Habakkuk’s honesty as we study the entire three chapters of this prophet’s contribution to God’s Word.
Investigating God's Immeasurably Great Power in Ephesians 1
I’ve always wondered how anyone who personally experienced the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead could just turn and live their lives as always — some actually allowing it to fuel their hate and rejection of Jesus as the Messiah. How could they witness such immense power and not be changed? Chris Tomlin’s song “Resurrection Power” reminds us that believers have this power living on the inside.
Paul prays for a significant gift for the Ephesians that we need from God as well. Join me in investigating this prayer.
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.
The new, fun song “Grace Got You” by MercyMe describes a person who has been taken over by grace and thus acts differently, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Isn’t that what grace does for us? It changes us and then gives us a different perspective.
Let’s examine the change in us together by exploring the pages of a letter from Paul to Titus.
In our culture these days the idea of “freedom” is often seen as the license to do whatever you want. However, Scripture teaches us that we are bound like slaves to whatever we obey…whether sin or righteousness. Hillsong Worship reminds us that we are free when the Son sets us free in their song “Who You Say I Am.”