Podcast #246: “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne

A Cry From the Depths in Jonah 2

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.

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Podcast #243: “The Way” by Pat Barrett

Stopping to Look Up in John 14

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.

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Podcast #242: “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns

Surveying the Soul in Psalm 42

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!

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Podcast #239: “Even Then” by Micah Tyler

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.

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Podcast #231: “Resurrection Power” by Chris Tomlin

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.

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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 #226: “Grace Got You” by MercyMe

Changed by Grace in Titus 2

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.

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Podcast #220: “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship

Finding Freedom in John 8

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.”

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Jesus has some strong words to say about the matter in John 8. Why don’t you join me there?

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Podcast #207: “Warrior” by Hannah Kerr

Putting on the Whole Armor in Ephesians 6

“Get dressed,” I tell my youngest. “Where are your shoes? Do you have your jacket?” And so the conversation goes. I have a feeling God is asking me, “Where are your shoes? I told you to put on the WHOLE armor! Your helmet! Don’t forget your helmet!” This week’s song “Warrior” by Hannah Kerr reminds us that we are in a battle and need to be dressed appropriately.

Let’s take a moment and review what God’s Word says about our battle gear.

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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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