Podcast #229: “God So Loved” by Hillsong Worship

Believing INTO Jesus in John 3

Passion. Zeal. Love. Light. These are all characteristics of my Savior, Jesus Christ. This passionate, zealous, loving, Light of the World comes into our hearts to drive out the darkness — not to condemn us, but to save us. This truth is profound and eternal — it’s worth spending some time to slowly take it all in.

Follow me to the gospel of John as we consider a familiar passage in light of the context of Scripture.

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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 #219: “Just Say Jesus” by 7eventh Time Down

The Significance of the Name of the Lord in Acts 4 and Psalm 118

This week’s song,  “Just Say Jesus” by 7eventh Time Down, is a wonderful anthem to all of us who have come to the end of our rope. The name of Jesus is a powerful representation of God and holds power in our lives. On today’s episode we see proof of this power in Scripture.

I hope you will release this same power in your life through the name of Jesus.

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Podcast #210: “He Will” by Ellie Holcomb

Savoring the Promises of God in Isaiah 61

The waiting. When it’s laced with anticipation and excitement, it can add to the experience. When it’s laced with sorrow and weariness, it can bring us low. There are so many promises of God in Scripture that have been fulfilled, are being fulfilled, and will be fulfilled. Ellie Holcomb’s song, “He Will” leads us to a prophesy in Isaiah that Christ has fulfilled, is fulfilling, and will fulfill.

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Let’s join our voices to the lyrics of our song and “praise Him through our sadness until the promise is fulfilled.”

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Podcast #194: “You Are My Vision” by Rend Collective

Seeking Wisdom From the Source

From time to time I enjoy a few (or a bag) of Oreos. While they are enjoyable, they are not nourishing. The hymns of old are full of rich nourishing doctrine that help form a strong foundation for the believer. This week I use Rend Collective’s rendition of “You Are My Vision,” a classic hymn versified by Eleanor Hull in 1912.

Join me as I uncover the Scriptural recipe for a nourishing meal at the table of God.

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Podcast #181: “The Gospel” by Ryan Stevenson

A Gospel Journey Through Isaiah 61, Luke 4, and 1 Corinthians 15

Have you ever said a word and all of a sudden begin to question if you are using it properly, or if it’s really a word at all? Maybe that’s just me, but sometimes I wonder if we really understand the gospel. This week’s song, “The Gospel” by Ryan Stevenson, drew me to Scripture to explore and confirm what the good news really is.

Come with me on a journey from a dusty prophet’s desk, to a crowded synagogue, to a compelling apostle’s letter as we consider the gospel.

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Podcast #179: “There Is Power” by Lincoln Brewster

Praying in the Name of Jesus in John 14-16

“That’s the way we’ve always done it” has often caused the hair on the back of my neck to stand up. Not that tradition is bad, but understanding WHY we do things should be our motivating factor, not custom. I pray in Jesus’ name, but there is a Scriptural reason why. Lincoln Brewster’s song “There Is Power” reminds us of the power found in the name of Jesus.

Explore God’s Word with me as we discover the power truly found in Jesus’ name.

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Podcast #157: “Live It Well” by Switchfoot

Poring Over Psalm 90

Perspective. I sure need more of it. How about you? I need more perspective when I’m impatiently waiting in line at the grocery store, when I get cut off in traffic, or when I get a snarky email or social media comment from a friend. Moses had a unique perspective because of his intimate relationship with God and his front row seat to the demise of an entire generation of people. Switchfoot’s song, “Live It Well,” not only reminds us that life is short, but encourages us to live it well.

Moses encourages the same in Psalm 90. Are you ready to jump in the deep end this week?

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Podcast #143: “One True God” by Steven Curtis Chapman

Unearthing Truth in Jesus' Prayer in John 17

If you knew that the next prayer you prayed aloud over a loved would be one of your last, would you pray for blessings and safety? Or would you fill your prayer with substance? Not for God’s benefit, but for the benefit of the loved one listening to your prayer on their behalf? Steven Curtis Chapman’s song, “One True God” points directly at God, and so does the prayer of Jesus in John 17.

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Join me as we spend some time in this prayer…one of Christ’s last prayers while in a suit of flesh here on earth.

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Podcast #121: “If We’re Honest” by Francesca Battistelli

Confessions in James 5 and Principles in Matthew 18

Chances are that even today you have had an experience with relationships that fills you or drains you. We can be filled up by people we’ve never met in person in a private Facebook group and drained with merely a look by those closest to us. Because of the unpredictability of others, we often build up walls that keep us from truth and freedom that God has for us through others. Francesca Battistelli’s song “If We’re Honest” opens up that discussion for us as we seek truths in Scripture that will help us experience relationships like we never have before.

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God’s Word holds truths and principles that we can follow to unlock a beauty in relationships that may still be hidden from view.

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