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.
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.
“Jesus is Alive” is not normally a Christmas greeting, but I guess it could be! Josh Wilson’s song “Jesus is Alive” reminds us all that Christ first came to life in human form as a baby in Bethlehem so long ago. That breath changed everything! When Jesus came back to life after Calvary, that breath changed everything again! So whether we are thinking of Christmas or the Resurrection, let’s declare that Jesus is alive!
There is joy in the coming of Christ, but that doesn’t mean that His coming eliminated all grief. Let’s explore the two together.
Lights are a major part of modern-day Christmas decorating traditions. It’s what completes the tree, or lights up small-town streets. The lights of Christmas and Matt Redman’s Christmas song “These Christmas Lights” are our inspiration to explore Scripture all about the Light of the World.
Use the lights of Christmas to remind you that Jesus is the true light.
Maybe it’s too many Hallmark Movies, but I love it when the protagonist leans in and puts her head on the shoulder of the man she’s fallen in love with. In that act there is a sense of love, safety, and trust. In the song by The Belonging Co, “Peace Be Still,” Lauren Daigle sings about faith rising up and peace reigning. This very thing shows up in another song found in the book of Isaiah where we learn to “lean in” to our Father through trust.
Join me as we explore the words of this Old Testament prophet.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Trouble is inevitable, but I am strengthened by the knowledge that the Lord of Hosts is with us. Shane & Shane take Psalm 46 and help us sing it as a declaration of truth and praise in their song “Psalm 46 (Lord of Hosts).”