Podcast #217: “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me

Exploring Face-to-Face Encounters with God in Scripture

For all of us there are songs that resonate to the depths of our being. “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe was one of those songs for me. I’m thrilled that it’s back to the top of the charts and reaching a whole new generation of listeners. I’m also thrilled that it has inspired me to delve into Scripture to see what it was like for others to have face-to-face encounters with God.

Join me as we skip through the entirety of Scripture to “imagine” what it will be like for us to meet our God and Savior face-to-face.

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Podcast #193: “Happy Dance” by MercyMe

Joy Unspeakable in 1 Peter 1

I’ve always wondered why it is more acceptable to express our joy over a touchdown (in my case an LSU Tiger touchdown) than in our salvation. MercyMe’s new song, “Happy Dance,” challenges us to let our joy out!

Join me as we head over to 1 Peter to explore unspeakable joy.

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Podcast #160: “Even If” by MercyMe

Finding Faithfulness in Daniel 3

We can hide behind convenient truth when things are swell, but when our feet are to the fire the deep truth tends to come out. Will we be willing to log years of faithfulness such that our circumstances no longer define God’s ability or position in our minds? “Even If” by MercyMe leads us to a powerful “even if” moment in Scripture.

What can we learn from three friends in a foreign land?

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Podcast #74: “Flawless” by MercyMe & Romans 5-8

My thoughts looked like frayed rope after a hard game of tug-of-war as I sought what Scripture would tell me about my sin-nature vs. Spirit control. This all came about after choosing “Flawless” by MercyMe as my inspiration song this week.

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How can I be flawless when just this week I’ve proven that I’m flawed? Let’s find out together! Along with the podcast I’ve created a resource to challenge you to seek truth in context. Check it out!

On this episode I discuss:

  • Team Grace vs. Team Sin-Nature
  • An example of Paul’s own tug-of-war – Romans 7:18-20
  • The war waged in our minds – Romans 7:23 and Galatians 5:17
  • Team Grace says, “It’s paid for” while Team Sin-Nature says, “I’m still in charge”
  • Truth is defined by God regardless of perception or observation
  • Sin-Nature is NOT in charge if the Spirit of the Living God lives in me – Romans 8:9
  • Don’t fall prey to our drive-through, fast-food, sound bite society
  • A great article by Rachel Barach – specifically her point that “The Bible Is Not Easy”
  • The resistance of “I don’t get this!”
  • Taking a statement out of context because we fail to read past chapters or section headings – Romans 7:25 vs. Romans 8:1-4
  • If I am tempted to give into my sinful desires, I need to instead give myself completely to God