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More Than a Song - Discovering the Truth of Scripture Hidden in Today's Popular Christian Music

More Than a Song is a weekly podcast dedicated to helping you discover the truth of Scripture hidden in today's popular Christian music. Each episode teaches you to connect portions of God's Word with the songs you are singing along with on the radio; to help you meditate on Truths that will transform your way of thinking and ultimately your life.

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#160: "Even If" by MercyMe

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? On this episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include Reading in context Reviewing introductions to books of the Bible Consider the historical context Introduction to the Book of Daniel - BlueLetterBible.org The background of the three friends highlighted in Daniel 3 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's position in the province of Babylon - Daniel 2:49 Despite their wisdom and faithful service to the king, there were those waiting to tattle on the friends - Daniel 3:8 What the friends chose to direct their attention to We don't have to defend ourselves and we don't have to defend God The enemy's "go-to" play from his playbook as old as the Garden of Eden itself The fact that the friends had long since decided how they would respond     Additional Resources Lyrics This Week's Challenge Read Daniel 3 in context -- meaning start in chapter 1 and read all the way through chapter 3. Consider the historical context of this story. Perhaps even complete additional study on the historical details. Ask yourself how you would respond in this situation. Decide today that you will remain faithful even if God doesn't choose to rescue you in the manner you desire.

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13 Mar 2017

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#232: "You Say" by Lauren Daigle

It is so easy for me to fall into the trap of allowing what others think of me to determine my identity. There is really only ONE who has the authority to tell me who I am...and that is my Creator. Lauren Daigle's new song "You Say" inspired a sort of scavenger hunt through Scripture to discover who we really are in HIM. Let's discover what God's Word has to say about it and stand in faith and belief on what it says. On this week's episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Meditate Ask Questions You say I am loved - Ephesians 2:4-5 Asking these questions... What do I learn about God? What do I learn about people? What do I learn about relating to God? Is there something I can praise or thank Him for? Is there a sin I can confess and repent from? Is there a promise or truth to believe? You say I am strong - 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Paul learned to be content with weakness because it put the strength of Christ on full display You say I am held - Isaiah 41:9-10 Everything God says of US is directly related to HIM You say I am Yours - Isaiah 43:1-7 Placing our identity in God's strong, capable, and uplifting hands Allowing the Word of God to work in us - 1 Thessalonians 2:13   Additional Resources Story Behind the Song "You Say" by Lauren Daigle - CCM Magazine Article Lyrics Chords and Lyrics - Worship Chords This Week's Challenge We spent time in four areas of Scripture on this episode. You could choose one area or all four to spend time in this week. Ponder God’s love in Ephesians 2, Christ’s strength in 2 Corinthians 12, God’s victorious right hand holding us in Isaiah 41, or the profound truth that we belong to God in Isaiah 43. Don’t forget to read in context and take time to meditate on what you are learning. Always ask questions along the way, and it’s best to start with what you learn about God before you move into any other area.

21mins

30 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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#9: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) and Matthew 14:27

Hillsong's masterpiece of Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) leads us to Peter and Jesus walking on water in Matthew chapter 14. In this episode I challenge you to meditate on this section of Scripture and allow God to reveal where He may be calling you...perhaps like Peter it will be deeper waters in the middle of a storm.

28mins

21 Apr 2014

Rank #3

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#195: "How Great Thou Art" by Carrie Underwood

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. On this episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Slow down Meditate Follow the cross references Share with a friend The one word that jumped out at me in the hymn this week - WONDER The background of how the hymn was written - hymntime.com Thinking about the WONDER of God speaking everything into existence The WONDER of walking on a glacier Slowing down to change the pace and perspective No one can measure God’s greatness - Psalm 145:3 How amazing it is that an immeasurable, deep, unsearchable, and untraceable God has revealed Himself to us - Romans 11:33 God’s wonders are without number - Job 5:9 The limitlessness of God - Job 11:7 Turning on your “noticer” Getting to know the God in whose image you were created - Psalm 145:13-20     Additional Resources Purchase the single on Amazon Lyrics and chords Behind the song "How Great Thou Art" by Carrie Underwood - YouTube Video This Week's Challenge Read Psalm 145. Pray Psalm 145. Slow down. Meditate on these Scriptures. Meditate on God and His amazing characteristics. Develop a sense of wonder. Consider all of creation that God spoke into existence. Recount His good deeds and miracles.

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13 Nov 2017

Rank #4

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#57: "Praise You In This Storm" by Casting Crowns & Psalm 121

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. 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: A YouTube interview with Casting Crowns lead singer, Mark Hall, discussing the story behind the song God's Word is living and active - Hebrews 4:12 God's Word can cut through our storm to reveal our thoughts and desires so we can take them captive to Christ - 2 Corinthians 10:5 We take our thoughts captive by changing the way we think - Romans 12:2 Jesus wanted God to calm the storm in His life - Mark 14:34-36 Where the phrase "He gives and takes away" comes from - Job 1:21 Jesus understands our storms because He faced them, too - Hebrews 4:15 The bridge of the song comes word-for-word from Scripture! - Psalm 121  Additional ResourcesDownload the single or the entire album by clicking the links below  Lyrics Christianity Today Story Behind the Song  This Week's ChallengeSpending 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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23 Mar 2015

Rank #5

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#90: "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin

Think about the person you love the deepest. Are you picturing that person in your mind? Now think of the top 3 qualities you love about that person. What a great exercise to put into words why our feelings are so strong. A better exercise is to turn around and tell that person the top 3 qualities you thought of! This week's song, "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin led me to consider why I think of God as my good, good Father. This song also leads us to Scripture to add more qualities to our own mental lists. On this episode I discuss: My story and why I consider God my good, good Father The exercise I went through to describe God's qualities most precious to me My list of God's characteristics and what they mean to me How the song led me to this week's memory verse - Psalm 18:30 Considering God's perfect ways, His trustworthiness and His protection Adding characteristics to my list from Psalm 18   Additional Resources Lyrics Behind the Song - Watch the YouTube Video hereThis Week's ChallengeDownload this week's free resource and explore Psalm 18 where you can learn more about your good, good Father.

24mins

9 Nov 2015

Rank #6

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#32: How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle, John 8 and 1 John 2

If we truly take the time to process our own sinful nature and then pair that with a time of meditation on all that Christ is and has done for us, we too will proclaim, "How Can It Be?" like Lauren Daigle in this week's song. However, the conviction of our guilt should not lead us to a place of shame, but to repentance. On this episode I discuss: The story behind the song from New Release Tuesday The story of the adulterous woman found in John 8:1-11 Where my unfiltered writing took me this week God's answer to the prayer found at the end of Psalm 139 Conviction leading us to repentance not shame How we "hide" from God 1 John 2:1-2 teaching us not to sin, but reminding us that if we do, we have an Advocate My experience as a Court Appointed Special Advocate The awe-filled conclusion when considering God's grace...how...can...it...be? 2 Corinthians 5:14-21This Week's ChallengeRead John 8 for yourself and then pull out your journal or a notepad and list the characters in the story. Underline key words or phrases in the text itself in your Bible. List out the challenges given by Christ to the various characters in this story. List out the challenges the Holy Spirit may be giving you.

21mins

29 Sep 2014

Rank #7

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#10: My Lighthouse and Isaiah 46:4

Rend Collective's song "My Lighthouse" leads us to a discussion about doubt, Jesus as the Light of the World and the promise that God will carry us found in Isaiah 46:4.

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28 Apr 2014

Rank #8

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#99: "Just Be Held" by Casting Crowns

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. 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: Using published devotions to take a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture (Bible Interaction Tool Exercise) Casting Crowns' Thrive Challenge Devotion on this song B.I.T.E. of reading more Scripture Commit to a daily devotion and read the referenced Scripture out loud Progress to reading the referenced Scripture in context of the section it is included in Progress to reading the referenced Scripture in context of the chapter it is included in Progress to reading the referenced Scripture in context of several chapters leading up to it Progress to reading the referenced Scripture in context of the entire book (or large portion of chapters) Paul's journey leading up to Acts 27 - Acts 21-27 The storm Paul and his companions encountered on a ship heading to Rome as a prisoner and how the sailors responded First they abandoned their purpose Then they abandoned the tools they needed to function Then they abandoned all hope My thoughts this week Stop rehearsing your sorrows Don't try to play out the entire story in your mind - trust God Sometimes it is your brokenness that will lead to your rescue   Additional ResourcesDownload the single by clicking the link below. LyricsThis Week's ChallengeI encourage you to read Acts 21-27 and even beyond. Don't you want to see Paul make it Rome? Also, take my challenge to take baby steps in your regular devotion times to begin to consume more and more Scripture.

25mins

11 Jan 2016

Rank #9

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#277: "Look Up Child" by Lauren Daigle

This week's episode is in tribute to my mentor's daughter. In life and in death she inspired others to lift their faces to the One Who could save them. That's why Lauren Daigle's song "Look Up Child" inspires us to explore Scripture today. Let's dive in to some key Scriptures where God's people are called to look up and live. On this episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read and keep on reading Listen to an audio version of Scripture Share with a friend Make a list Follow the cross-references Not getting discouraged when you encounter Scripture after Scripture you've never read before...don't be discouraged, be inspired! My mom's story of God's inspiration and provision - Joshua 1:8 Doing God's work and building up the church - Ephesians 4:11-12 Looking up to the Son of Man lifted up like the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness - John 3:9-12 Following the cross-reference to Numbers 21 to see the story of the bronze serpent on a pole - Numbers 21:4-9 Remembering the warning of idolizing God's provision and worshiping it rather than God - 2 Kings 18:3-4 Additional Resources Story behind the album "Look Up Child" by Lauren Daigle - YouTube Video Chords and lyrics - "Look Up Child" by Lauren Daigle - PsalmNote.com This Week's Challenge Use this episode as a catalyst to spend more thoughtful time in the Scriptures we briefly highlighted today. Study John 3 and Numbers 21, and don’t miss the danger zone we uncovered in 2 Kings 18. Let these references to “looking up” lead us to place our faith in Christ unto salvation, and continue to place our faith in His saving power for every situation we face until we meet Him face-to-face in eternity.

21mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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#142: "Home" by Chris Tomlin

What do you think about when you think of home? For some it conjures up happy memories, warm feelings, and/or thoughts of family...for others, not so much. Some of you live in a state or town where your heart considers "home" and others are "far from home." As Christians we know we are not yet "home" in the eternal sense. Chris Tomlin's song "Home" speaks of our heavenly home and it leads us to an area of Scripture that can both encourage us and challenge us as we continue to walk out our lives here on earth. Let's talk about heaven today and explore Scripture together. On this episode I discuss: Being able to defend what we believe through thoughtful and accurate discussions Ludicrous statements in our world today about heaven Heaven is God's throne - Isaiah 66:1 Jesus teaches that God is in heaven - Matthew 6:9 Peter describes Jesus in heaven sitting next to God - 1 Peter 3:22 Jesus was taken to heaven and will return from heaven - Acts 1:11 Jesus declares that heaven is a place and He intends for us to join Him there - John 14:2-3 Heaven is our home - 2 Corinthians 5:8 Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - our Bible Interaction Tool Exercises this week are: Read in context Read the text in different translations Complete a word study The context of 2 Corinthians 4 tells us that Paul and his companions were suffering from various trials and troubles Paul's response to fix his eyes on the hope of his future home in heaven and describe some of what will happen to us there - 2 Corinthians 4:18 The new bodies we will receive after this life - 2 Corinthians 5:1-4 The Greek word for "guarantee" - it literally means a down-payment or earnest money - BibleHub.com Word Study Our confidence about what will happen in the future because of the Holy Spirit's guarantee Pleasing God The coming judgment Our ambition to persuade others Additional Resources Lyrics and Chords Story Behind the Song "Home" - YouTube Video This Week's Challenge Read 2 Corinthians 4 and 5. Review the Scriptures I discussed today about heaven (I'll include them in the shown notes found at michellenezat.com/142). Be encouraged by our song and the Scripture that we have a future home in heaven with God and His Son Jesus Christ.

21mins

7 Nov 2016

Rank #11

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#42: Be Born in Me by Francesca Battistelli, Isaiah 7 & Luke 1

I am ruined! Now that I have spent so much time in God's Word studying the details of the Christmas story, I cannot look at a nativity scene the same! However, I can choose to see all of the details that don't line up with Scripture, or I can choose to use the nativity scene as a reminder of all I've learned through my own studies. And I can use songs like "Be Born in Me" by Francesca Battistelli to lead me back to those Scriptures and identify with this REAL girl, Mary. I hope this week's episode and song inspire you to do the same. On this week's episode I discuss: My choice to use the nativity as tool instead of getting aggravated Reminding you the importance of context My treasure hunting path in God's Word this week Matthew 1:20-23 where the angel tells Joseph the baby fulfills a prophecy BibleHub.com as a study tool, especially for cross references Isaiah 7:14 where the original prophecy about Immanuel being born to a virgin is recorded Luke 1:26-38 where Mary encounters the angel Gabriel and then runs off to Elizabeth's house Elizabeth's greeting after the filling of the Holy Spirit WHY Mary is "blessed" Offering our vacant hearts to God's purposesAdditional Resources Lyrics New Release Tuesday article behind the song "Be Born in Me"This Week's ChallengeStudy Mary's song in Luke 1. A fun experiment might be to use a tool like BibleHub.com and look at a verse and then look on the right to see where the cross references might lead you. If something catches your eye, go read those verses in context. It may have NOTHING to do with Mary in the end, but that's okay! The goal is to have fun interacting with God's Word!

24mins

8 Dec 2014

Rank #12

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#21: Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave and Ephesians 1:7

In order to be redeemed, you have to be held by something, and there must be a redeemer to pay the price. Sin holds every person captive and Jesus paid the price on the cross for sin. On today's episode, however, we learn that it is not until a person recognizes his sin that he seeks to be bought out of the slave market. Big Daddy Weave's song, "Redeemed" leads us straight to Scripture, and today's episode give us a deeper understanding of what it means to be redeemed and ultimately brings even greater meaning to the lyrics of the song.

20mins

14 Jul 2014

Rank #13

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#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. 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 We are overcomers - 1 John 5:5 - Episode #4 We are wanted - Isaiah 41:9-10 -  Episode #5 We are children of God - 1 John 3:1 - Episode #13 We are redeemed - Ephesians 1:7 - Episode #21 Even David asked this question in Psalms 8:4 I link back the lyrics to Scripture The Lord of all the earth - Psalms 24:1 The Bright and Morning Star - Revelation 22:16 Christ looking on sin and watching someone rise again - John 8 Jesus calming the storm - Mark 4 We are flowers quickly fading - 1 Peter 1:23-25 We are tossed about like waves - Ephesians 4:13-15 Our lives are like a vapor in the wind - James 4:14 A final encouraging reminder that we BELONG to Him! We are His! Additional Resources Lyrics Story behind the song - interview with Mark HallThis Week's ChallengeLet'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.

19mins

9 Feb 2015

Rank #14

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#245: "Confidence" by Sanctus Real

The world today has a way taking good and noble things and twisting them into something God never intended. As we spend time in Scripture inspired by Sanctus Real's song "Confidence," the stark contrast between God's way and the world's way rises to the surface. Join me as we jump into God's Word and combat bad ideas with truth. On this week's episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read and keep on reading Consider a topic Consider the opposite Write out observations Deciding WHO will be our confidence - Proverbs 3:26 Considering what the world deems as confidence building exercises and comparing them to accounts of men of faith in God's Word The methods the father of lies uses uses to distort truth twist the truth slightly (by the way...that equals a lie) mix in truth with lies put some "that sounds like a good idea" stuff in there (don't forget, God's ways are higher than our ways) Looking intently into the truth - James 1:25 The account of Daniel in the lion's den in Daniel 6 Daniel lived a consistent life apart from his circumstances Daniel's confidence was in the Lord despite the outcome Daniel was confident that the part was to act out faultlessly in obedience How the world says to build confidence by visualizing yourself in a better place, but Daniel's mental efforts were spent in obedience How the world says to affirm yourself, but as a result of Daniel's obedience the LORD was affirmed and glorified (which should be our goal) - Daniel 6:25-27 Moses who had no self-confidence David who suffered rejection How all three men flexed the faith muscles necessary to get through scary situations Building our faith through obedience and confidence in God alone for His glory alone   Additional Resources Lyrics and chords The story behind the song "Confidence" by Sanctus Real - YouTube Video Spotify Link to "Confidence" by Sanctus Real   This Week's Challenge Read up on Daniel (Book of Daniel), Moses (start in the Book of the Exodus), and David (start in 1 Samuel). Don’t be afraid to read and keep on reading making observations along the way. As you read, consider the topic of confidence and observe where these men of faith rooted their confidence.

21mins

29 Oct 2018

Rank #15

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#63: "First" by Lauren Daigle & Matthew 6

Why is it that as soon as I decide I am going to commit to a new discipline, that commitment is immediately tested? I don't think that it's a coincidence that as soon as I chose Lauren Daigle's song, "First" as this week's jumping off point, I immediately began struggling with seeking God FIRST! I have a feeling we all share in this struggle. I can't wait to dive into God's Word with you this week! On this episode I discuss: Teaching my kids to "put first things first" Putting my list first, but not putting God at the top of my list The importance of "first" to God in Scripture Cain as an example of "some" and Abel as example of "first" - Genesis 4:3-7 Jesus' detailed teaching to His disciples - Matthew 5-7 What happens when we place our questions, worries and concerns first I want to be more concerned with who God is than what He can do for me I want to seek God's face before I seek His hand A new Bible study resource I am using - Unpack Your Heart by Melissa D'Aunoy Sitting at the feet of Jesus FIRST  Additional Resources Story behind the song and lyrics by New Release TuesdayThis Week's ChallengeRead Matthew 5-7 because that is the complete teaching that we took this week's Scripture focus from. Our focus verses may be quite familiar to you, so read them in various translations this week. You can do this for free using BibleHub.com or BibleGateway.com. Finally, try something new. Put on on a Pandora station (or online radio equivalent) like "relaxation radio" that plays calming music, and find a quiet place and just sit in God's presence. Let Him minister to your soul...He wants to meet you there.

24mins

4 May 2015

Rank #16

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#89: "The River" by Jordan Feliz

Are you setting yourself up to experience God on a regular basis with other believers? This is what I got out of exploring a brief story in Acts 16 this week, inspired by the song "The River" by Jordan Feliz. Like Lydia, down by the river in Acts 16, I pray that you will have an open heart to the life-changing truth of God's Word. On this episode I discuss: Some of the places in Scripture we could explore as it relates to "river" John 7 mentions rivers of living water flowing from within believers (this was the inspiration for Jordan Feliz, by the way) Psalm 46 speaks of a river whose streams make glad the city of God Revelation 22 talks about a river of water of life flowing from the throne of God Why I was drawn to Acts 16 Background of Acts 16 and the city of Philippi The story of Lydia and what we can learn from her She made it her practice to gather with other believers She had an open heart to the truth of God's Word and the gospel message She invited other believers to "do life" with her   Additional Resources Lyrics Behind the Song - New Release Today ArticleThis Week's ChallengeRead all of Acts 16 and then go read Paul's letter to the Philippians. Why? Because everyone you meet in Acts 16 are "founding members" of the church at Philippi who Paul is writing to in Philippians. It will change your perspective to read it once you have studied the characters in Acts 16.

20mins

2 Nov 2015

Rank #17

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#311: "Waymaker" by Leeland

God will make a way where there seems to be no way. He proves it over and over throughout Scripture. He will make a way for His purposes to be accomplished. He truly is a "Waymaker" as Leeland sings about in this week's song. Join me in 1 Samuel as we see David walking through some treacherous and emotional times where He really needed God to make a way. On this week's episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read while listening to an epic soundtrack Remember the people you read about in Scripture were REAL Read and keep on reading Read in context Consider the grand story of Scripture to ground you Reading the Bible in chronological order (check out the Rapid Bible Read Through method here) Experiencing a different "feel" while reading epic stories in Scripture to epic music How God makes a way for HIS story to move forward to fulfill HIS purposes for HIS glory first Studying individual stories with the big picture in mind Discovering Saul being installed as king in 1 Samuel 8 Seeing God reject Saul as king - 1 Samuel 15:10-11 Experiencing David's anointing as the new king - 1 Samuel 16:12-13 Seeing the relationship between Saul and David take a turn in 1 Samuel 18:6-16 David becoming a fugitive in 1 Samuel 20 David's band of rebels growing in 1 Samuel 22 David sparing Saul's life in 1 Samuel 24 David's heart laid out in Psalm 56 Additional Resources Lyrics and Chords - WeAreWorship.com The story behind how the song "Waymaker" made it onto the album - Thir.st Talks This Week's Challenge Become familiar with the story of David and Saul by reading in 1 Samuel. Rest in the knowledge that even for King David the struggle was real. Speaking of real…don’t forget that the people in these stories were real. Read and keep on reading, and then take the time to consider how God proved Himself a “Waymaker,” a Miracle Worker, and a Light in the darkness for David. Finally, take time to declare God’s goodness. Render thank offerings to a worthy Savior Who has delivered our souls from death that we may walk in the light of life.

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17 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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#55: "Soul On Fire" by Third Day & Psalm 119

It's time to do the work. If you want to run to the heart of God, you must start with His Word. This week's song, "Soul on Fire" by Third Day, encourages us to run to the heart of God. As as we do every week through "More Than a Song", we run straight to God's Word as the starting line. What moments in your life will you exchange to make time in God's Word a priority? On this episode I discuss: Third Day's purpose behind the new album "Lead Us Back" A discussion on the heart of God How the version of God's Word you are reading may lead you to distraction and discouragement Manna as a metaphor for God's Word - Deuteronomy 8:3 Another acrostic poem in Scripture using the Hebrew alphabet - Psalm 119 Introduction to Psalm 119 from Charles Spurgeon's "Treasury of David" How God's Words consumed Jeremiah like a fire - Jeremiah 20:7-9  Additional Resources Lyrics CCM Magazine article on the purpose behind the album "Lead Us Back" Keith Ferrin's podcast and blog post on which Bible translations he uses and whyThis Week's ChallengeRead Psalm 119. Although it is like 22 psalms in one, it is time to do the work. If you want to run to the heart of God, you must start with His Word, and what better Psalm to start with than one about being passionate about God's Word? Read it in different versions. Get the YouVersion app and play it out loud while you're getting ready in the morning, on your morning AND afternoon drive, and again before you settle in for the night. Decide today what you will exchange in your day to get this done.

27mins

9 Mar 2015

Rank #19

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#138: "Great Are You Lord" by One Sonic Society

I have a daughter who lacks focus. The more I think about it, the more I think she gets it from me. I read multiple books at once, stop my project at work to read the email that just came in, and get distracted by social media with the rest of them. But what if I slowed down and really unpacked ONE thought from Scripture? This is what happened for me this week as I used "Great Are You Lord" as sung by One Sonic Society to seek truth from God's Word. Hopefully I've raised a few questions this week to really get you thinking, too. On this episode I discuss: Getting "stuck" with where to go in Scripture Considering the truth that God's breath is in our lungs - Genesis 2:7 Biblical worldview Determining how the truth that God's breath is in our lungs will shape our worldview The idea that we are not significant because God needed us - we are significant because God wanted us A reference to Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem Analyzing what I pour out with the breath of God in my lungs An example of impacting culture using a Biblical worldview - Acts 17:16-31 Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - our Bible Interaction Tool Exercise this week is: Meditate on Scripture Additional Resources Lyrics Story Behind the Song "Great Are You Lord" - New Release Today Article This Week's Challenge I give you permission to stay on one verse this week. Genesis 2:7 tells us that God himself placed His breath in our lungs. What is the significance of this? Each day this week stop at least once and consider your breath and ponder the idea that it came from God. Analyze what you breath out. Write it down. Use the song to incorporate breathing out worship to God. Need more? Read our story in Acts 17, or read Psalm 145, Psalm 96, or Psalm 48 and recognize that God is worthy of our praise.

23mins

10 Oct 2016

Rank #20