God is our Defender. It is important to remember that the next time you feel the need to defend yourself. Psalm 18 says God’s gift of salvation to us is our shield. So why do I think my words are my shield? Or my silence? Or any effort on my part? Francesca Battistelli’s song “Defender” leads us to Scripture and to considering this and other characteristics of God.
I suppose the question is now, “What how will we respond in the future now that we know the truth?”
Trust is a key foundation to our relationship with God the Father, Son AND Holy Spirit. When we allow our circumstances to define the character of God rather than His Word, we can easily be led to fear and doubt instead of trust. “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle is a profound proclamation in song of our trust in God despite our circumstances.
We will once again use the gift of a song to lead us to an even deeper impact on our souls, and that is hiding the truth of Scripture deep inside.
Your emotions and feelings are real, but they are not reliable. This week we will use “Maybe It’s Ok” by We Are Messengers to explore the truth about God so that we can truly say, “It’s okay that I’m not okay.”
We can trust God to hold it all together even when we feel like it’s all falling apart. Let’s discover this together in Scripture.
Exploring the Suffering of Joseph in Genesis 37-50
My eyes are different now that I’m older. When something is too close to my face it gets all blurry and I can’t see it clearly. That’s how suffering is. When we’re too close to it we sometimes can’t see clearly how God might be able to use it to develop our character or impact His Kingdom. Riley Clemmon’s song “Better For It” reminds us that our good is on the other side of it all.
Joseph had some growing up to do and his suffering not only made him “better for it,” but changed the course of history.
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).”
We all want the miracle, but are we willing to do our part? Are we willing to seek Him? Are we willing to walk in God’s ways? Hawk Nelson reminds us that God is in the miracle business through their song “He Still Does.” King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah experienced an amazing miracle one morning in the desert.
The Lord was with King Jehoshaphat — join me as we explore why.
Hearing the Words of the One Who Came Down From Heaven in John 6
There is such a sense of expectancy in the Christmas season. We hope our gifts for others are “just right,” we hope everyone gets along at our various gatherings, we hope to make lasting and meaningful memories, and sometimes we hope for that perfect gift. Before Jesus came the first time, all of creation hoped for God to send the One that would rescue the world. Kari Jobe’s song, “When Hope Came Down,” calls us to examine Christ who “came down” to do the will of the Father.
You and I are included in Father God’s plan. This week we see the express purpose of Hope coming down.
Let’s develop a sense of wonder, shall we? The famous hymn “How Great Thou Art” leads us to consider God with a sense of “awesome wonder.” I chose Carrie Underwood’s rendition to meditate on Psalm 145.
David sat in awesome wonder of God and gives us a host of truths to meditate on in just one Psalm.
Comparing Jonah and a Parable of Jesus in Matthew 20
We are broken people. As children of God we are stuck in this “already, but not yet” zone where we are new creations and can still respond from our brokenness. Matthew West’s song “Broken Things” brings us great encouragement that God uses damaged people. But Scripture is clear that God wants to redeem and restore us, which will require a mending of our brokenness.
I’m hoping Scripture will touch the deep places in us to reveal prevailing beliefs that God wants to mend.
I often talk about Scripture changing the way you think. Well get ready, because Shane and Shane’s song, Psalm 51 (Wisdom in the Secret Heart), leads us to a Psalm of David where it is obvious he has begun to think differently about his sin. I was crying out for God’s cleansing alongside David after spending a week here.