Podcast #192: “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns

Giving Our Souls a Good Talking To 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 and example of this. It won’t be hard to relate to the psalmist this week!

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #188: “Broken Together” by Casting Crowns

Examining the Mystery of Marriage in Scripture

The Bible has a lot to say about functioning in vibrant relationships. While the song by Casting Crowns, “Broken Together” speaks of a couple dealing with brokenness in marriage, we will use it to uncover some gems that will help us in ALL of our relationships.

Great relationships (especially great marriages) don’t “just happen.” Allowing Scripture to define how we should treat one another is definitely the way to go! Along with the podcast I’ve created a resource to challenge you to “one up” those most important to you. Check it out!

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Podcast #99: “Just Be Held” by Casting Crowns

Getting Wrecked By Truth in Acts 27

When the storms of life come out of nowhere and send us titling out of control, do we hang tight or let go? Casting Crowns encourages us to let go and “Just Be Held.” This act of surrender and trust in God truly means we abandon our own control, but does not mean that we will be out of control. God Himself can carry us through in His capable hands if we will let him.

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Paul’s sailing companions learned this the hard way in Acts 27. Let’s see what we can learn from their experiences.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #75: “Broken Together” by Casting Crowns

Diving into parts of Ephesians, Philippians & Genesis

The Bible has a lot to say about functioning in vibrant relationships. While the song by Casting Crowns, “Broken Together” speaks of a couple dealing with brokenness in marriage, we will use it to uncover some gems that will help us in ALL of our relationships.

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Great relationships (especially great marriages) don’t “just happen.” Allowing Scripture to define how we should treat one another is definitely the way to go! Along with the podcast I’ve created a resource to challenge you to “one up” those most important to you. Check it out!

On this episode I discuss:

  • The “mystery” of marriage – Ephesians 5:31
  • The Bible interaction tool of chasing down cross references
  • Marriage is an illustration of Christ and the church
  • The cross reference mentioned in Ephesians 5:31 that leads us to Genesis 2:24
  • Asking questions like “what explains why” and reading Genesis 2:18-24 to discover the answer
  • Finding a wife is a good thing – Proverbs 18:22
  • Be sure to partner with fellow Christ followers in your most intimate relationships – 2 Corinthians 6:14-16
  • What happens if you are married to a non-believer? Read 1 Corinthians 7
  • Marriage is more than a promise or a contract…it is a covenant
  • An example of God making a covenant with Abram – Genesis 15:7-18
  • The history of the covenant
  • What “made the difference” in my marriage
  • The idea of outdoing one another in love (I’ve even created a free resource to explore this further…download it here)
  • How we should treat each other – Philippians 2:1-4
  • Allowing God’s Word to define what marriage should be…not popular media (movies, songs and more)

 

Podcast #65: “American Dream” by Casting Crowns & Matthew 7

Even though we don’t build idols out of wood in modern day America, we still worship “things” made with our own two hands. This week’s song, “American Dream” by Casting Crowns weaves a tale all too familiar in our culture today. However, Jesus gives us a different path to take.

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Join me on a journey through Scripture this week as we consider our idols and our response to the challenge given by Christ Himself.

On this episode I discuss:

  • How we glamorize investing in “success”
  • How anything we build with our own two hands is an idol – Habakkuk 2:4-5, 18-19
  • Striving for wealth is treacherous and keeps us from rest
  • Building our life with our own two hands is like building a house on the sand – Matthew 7:24-27
  • The Bible interaction tool of using section headings in Scripture to build an outline
  • The danger of thinking you are safe whether you obey or not – Deuteronomy 29:18-19
  • The danger of viewing your circumstances as “proof” of anything – Jeremiah 44:16-18

 

Podcast #57: “Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns

When you hear this week’s song, “Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns, do you think of your own storm? Perhaps you know the story behind the song and think of Erin, the little girl who inspired the song. Maybe you remember that the song was released on the radio just as Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast, and you think of that storm. This week I want to lead you to the Garden of Gethsemane and the storm raging in Jesus before his arrest and crucifixion.

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Perhaps by considering the storm that was raging in the life of our Messiah, we can learn how to better handle our own storms.

On this episode I discuss:

 

 

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This Week’s Challenge

Spending some time in Scripture highlighting the last days of Jesus’ life and into His resurrection would be a great start. In fact, I have created a study resource that takes Psalm 22 and lists out cross-references to show you how Psalm 22 is linked to the crucifixion of Christ. Consider His time in the garden as you listen to this song in your playlist. Meditate on Psalm 22 using the resource or Psalm 121 that is quoted in this week’s song.

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Podcast #51: “Who Am I” by Casting Crowns & Psalm 8

A proper view of ourselves is key in our relationship with God and others. Casting Crowns’ song, “Who Am I”, extracts truth from Scripture and embeds it into our hearts and minds with memorable phrases and Biblical perspective.

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This week’s journey takes us through the question of not only, “Who am I?”, but “Who am I  in Christ?”

On this week’s episode I discuss:

  • Our need for identity
  • How others define who we are
  • Examples of how God’s Word defines who we are through Christian music I’ve already used on this podcast
  • Even David asked this question in Psalms 8:4
  • I link back the lyrics to Scripture
  • A final encouraging reminder that we BELONG to Him! We are His!

 

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If you have never heard this song before, you can watch a lyric video on YouTube below.

 

Additional Resources

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This Week’s Challenge

Let’s study Psalms 8 this week. It is a wonderful psalm that brings a balanced perspective of God’s role and our role. It begins and ends with praise and giving God glory…the proper perspective. It also displays clearly our limits and weaknesses as humans. Finally, it acknowledges the responsibilities and privileges the Lord has given us. It’s short, but worth meditating on this week.

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Podcast #19: Thrive by Casting Crowns & John 10:10

What is living water? We will explore this idea and more as we use Casting Crown’s song, “Thrive” to lead us to Scripture this week. square-John-10-10 This song is rich with Scripture and is a great anthem of praise, prayer and declaration. On this episode I discuss:

 

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If you have never heard this song before, you can watch the official lyric video on YouTube below.

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    •  Download the single or the entire album from Amazon – click below

This Week’s Challenge

Read and meditate on Psalm 1. If you’re up for more, explore Ezekiel 47 and Jesus’ references to quenching our thirst in John 4, 6 and 7 .

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