Podcast #225: “Counting Every Blessing” by Rend Collective

Wandering Through Paul's Epistles

If I asked the Apostle Paul to examine my life, I’m pretty sure he would see blessings that I’m not seeing. I’m fairly convinced we’re on the lookout for two different things. That has been confirmed for me this week as I’ve meandered through his letters looking for the blessings he counts. This quest was inspired by Rend Collective’s song, “Counting Every Blessing.”

Join me on a journey through the epistles…it may just change the way you look at things, too.

On this week’s episode I discuss:

Podcast #208: “Rescuer (Good News)” by Rend Collective

Zooming Out to See God's Grand Rescue Plan

Have you ever struggled to see the big picture of the Bible? How do the individual stories, songs, poems, prophecies, and more, fit together — and what are we to make of it? Rend Collective’s song, “Rescuer (Good News),” reminds me of God’s grand rescue plan.

Join me for a quick fly over that may help you make connections with God’s grand story in the future.

On this episode I discuss:

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.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #132: “Every Giant Will Fall” by Rend Collective

Gaining Perspective in Deuteronomy 1

We all need a good anthem to sing at the top of our lungs as we open the sun roof and crank the radio! Oh, wait — maybe that’s just me. “Every Giant Will Fall” by Rend Collective definitely fits the “great anthem” bill, all the while leading us to consider God’s ways and our response when faced with giants.


Let’s consider how the Israelite people responded to the giants occupying their promised land.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #114: “Joy of the Lord” by Rend Collective

Jumping in to Nehemiah 8

“I don’t want to have bumper sticker theology.” This term a friend used recently has seared into my brain this week. I don’t either! So, how do we fight the temptation to boil down all of our deeply held beliefs based on the truths of Scripture into catch phrases, platitudes or misused verses? We fight “bumper sticker theology” by understanding the full context of these truths in Scripture. “Joy of the Lord” by Rend Collective brings out an oft-used phrase that we will keep out of the zone of “bumper sticker theology” by studying the context of when it was first spoken.


Meet me in Nehemiah where the Hebrew people were a hot mess. I think you may be surprised why.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast #87: “You Will Never Run” by Rend Collective

Meditating on the Promises in Psalm 27

Have you been abandoned? Rejected? Falsely accused? Let me encourage your heart…that’s not God’s style. In fact, His Word is filled with promises that He will never do any of those things…even if those closest to you do. Rend Collective’s song, “You Will Never Run” reminds us of this promise and drove me to Psalm 27 this week to see how David responded in these same circumstances.


Interestingly enough, David responded like Rend Collective…in praise and singing, and leaves us with a bundle of verses/truths to mediate on.

On this episode I discuss:

Podcast Episode #10: My Lighthouse and Isaiah 46:4

Have you ever wrestled with doubt? This week’s song, My Lighthouse by Rend Collective and our Scripture references remind us that God is faithful while we wrestle through doubt, hard times, storms, sorrow and the rigors of life. It also reminds us that we can trust God’s promise that he will carry us and bring us safe to shore.


Jesus is the “light of the world” and we can run to him for refuge and rescue.

On this episode, I discuss:

  • God in the Dark: The Assurance of Faith Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt by Os Guinness (full disclosure: I will make a small commission if you purchase the book using this link)