It’s the hardest experiences that often shape us the most. While they may be excruciating in the moment, when we persevere, these trials lead to greater character and hope. “Scars” by I Am They sings of this very phenomenon. May we be strengthened by our scars, not broken by them.
There is a man deeply scarred that you may have missed in the Old Testament. Let’s read about him together!
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.
Have you ever been asked to, “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” That’s exactly the journey I took this week as I used Hannah Kerr’s “Christmas Eve in Bethlehem” to lead me to the Christmas story once again.
This time through the Christmas story we’ll seek to place ourselves inside the story and see how the story would/should go in our lives today.
I was raised to dream big. It is part of our culture to want the next generation to have more than we had. So, when I heard the challenge offered by Josh Wilson in his song “Dream Small,” I was inspired by the lyrics and this counter cultural idea.
Join me in a chapter you may just be tempted to skim over in Nehemiah where we see the significance of individual obedience…no matter how small.
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.
Everyone has a story. Part of the beauty of God’s Word is when we can identify with the people God chose to weave into His BIG story of redemption. Tenth Avenue North’s song “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” leads us to explore Jacob in the book of Genesis.
There is a distinct time and place where Jacob gives control to God. Let’s consider this place of surrender together.
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.
The Bible is rich with characters we can identify with. While individually we are unique, as a human race we often struggle with similar sins and responses. I am encouraged by the words of Crowder’s song “Forgiven,” and am even more encouraged by the truths in Scripture it leads us to examine.
There is not a sin you struggle with that has not beset many before you. In spite of our ability to sin in all sorts of ways with great regularity we stand FORGIVEN.
You get up, you put on the armor of God, you clock in, clock out, come home, and the walls against you are still towering above you. How much longer can this persist? For longer than seems reasonable or of sound-thinking. This is when you need to remember God’s faithfulness and Elevation Worship’s song “Do It Again” does just that.
Let’s join the men armed for battle following a peculiar battle plan and see what new things might jump out at us in Joshua chapter 6.
Stories inspire us. That’s why we are drawn in by good books, powerful movies, documentaries, and even ESPN specials. There is something about seeing someone else overcome the odds that gives us hope that maybe, just maybe, we could do the same. Danny Gokey’s song “Rise” reminds us that our Creator has a plan for us that is higher than our broken past or sordid mistakes. “We were made to rise.”
Peter’s life paints a pretty epic story. Let’s search Scripture and discover how we can relate and what we might learn from this disciple.