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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 transfo…

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    #432: Why I've Never Done This Before

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 8:01

    For the first time in over 430 weekly episodes of More Than a Song, I will be taking a brief break from the podcast. I'll be diving back in with fresh episodes on August 15th using 90's Christian throwback song "Dive" by Steven Curtis Chapman. (See what I did there?) I'll also be over at Mixtape Theology (a fellow New Release Today Podcast Network member) for a partner episode on that same day. In the meantime, subscribe to my email list and follow me on social media platforms (specifically Instagram @michellenezat), as my daughter Emily will be highlighting a weekly featured episode from the archives you may have missed. We will also be producing a series of reels on my Bible Interaction Tool Exercises (BITEs) -- the exercises I use to keep my time in God's Word varied and effective. This way, you can keep reading God's Word for yourself and catch up on forgotten or missed episodes from the archives. Why take a break? In the past, if I've needed to take some time off, I've always played Encore Episodes, so why the break? In a nutshell? Obedience and a big assignment. Listen to this episode to hear a brief description of both. Why have I never done this before? My shiny reasons? I'm dedicated to creating fresh content each week, and God keeps meeting me in it! My not-so-shiny reasons? Fear and pride. Listen to this episode to hear my full confession. (I'm not the only one who struggles with this, right?) Until next time, take time to meditate on God's Word and consider His ways. Resource Mentioned in This Episode I mentioned Compel Training - a Proverbs31 membership site for writers. I am a volunteer leader in their Podcasting Community Group and have learned SO much from this community. Check it out if you are a writer or speaker (or want to become one).

    Podcast #431: "Everything And More" by Citizens

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 23:29

    I think it's an excellent problem to have. The problem that Zach Bolen, lead singer of Citizens, shared with me as the foundation for the song "Everything And More" by Citizens. The problem is that words don't seem to express our God accurately. Any descriptor we can come up with God is all that and more. Join me as we explore the Old Testament book of Job this week to see a group of friends giving their best effort to figure God out. Spoiler alert -- they fail. In 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 Read and keep on reading Consult an overview Follow the cross-reference Look up words in the dictionary Make a list My special Friday With Friends interview with Zach Bolen, the lead singer of Citizens - A link to the audio or video version of the interview Reading the book of Job for yourself The two main resources I used for an overview of Job Reformation Study Bible - Amazon Paid Link How to Read the Bible Book by Book - Amazon Paid Link The literary classifications found in Job lawsuit lament disputation (debate) How the author of Job raises the question: "Where is wisdom found?" How God's answer to Job's questions is more of Himself Job's profound suffering - Job 3:11-13, Job 6:2-3 Job's friend's truthful but unhelpful response - Job 5:9-11 Discovering a truth like we discovered last week -- God may have a purpose for your suffering -- and sometimes that is so hard to accept Job's poetic discussion about how wisdom comes from God alone - Job 28 Following the cross-references that lead to more verses about the wisdom of God Deuteronomy 4:5-6 Psalm 111:10 Proverbs 9:10 God's revelation of Himself to Job - Job 38-41 Making a list of the characteristics of God's wisdom found in Romans 11:33   We want insight, do we not? Then we need to set our faces and our efforts toward gaining knowledge of the Holy One. And where is the best place for that? In His revealed Word.   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com Behind the song "Everything And More" by Citizens - Friday With Friends Interview Citizens Artist Profile - NewReleaseToday.com Bible introductions and overview links "How to Read the Bible Book by Book" by Fee and Stuart - Amazon paid link Reformation Study Bible Introduction to 2 Corinthians - Amazon paid link Weekly Challenge Read the book of Job. I know it's a big ask, but I also know it's worth it. It flows together well, but it will benefit you to read or watch an overview of Job to learn how to read this book filled with poetry, prose, irony, and drama. Focus your attention on the question, "Where is wisdom found?" Follow the cross-references to gain insight from the whole of Scripture. Peek in at Paul's teaching at the end of Romans 11 in light of what you've studied.

    Special Edition: Zach Bolen on Friday With Friends

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 27:26

    Welcome to Friday With Friends! I have the distinct privilege of meeting incredible followers of Christ who have amazing ministries, fascinating careers, and incredible hobbies and pet projects that flow out of their identity in Christ. While my podcast is a solo show, I still want to have a venue to introduce you to these friends as examples of the multifaceted ways God works in and through His people. Today I have the privilege of hosting Zach Bolen, lead singer with Citizens to talk about their new song "Everything And More," his Bible study habits, Contemporary Christian Music as art, and more.  Of course, I get him to share his favorite Bible Interaction Tool Exercises, too. Connect with Zach Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zachbolenmusic Band Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MUSIC.CITIZENS Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zachbolen/Band Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/citizens_music/

    #430: "Godsend" by Riley Clemmons

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 28:02

    There are truths in Scripture that make us feel uncomfortable. Sometimes we don't think they make sense. Other times they bump up against a belief we hold that doesn't align with Scripture itself. Riley Clemmons' song "Godsend" sent me to 2 Corinthians, where Paul describes something that seems a little "thorny" on the surface. Join me on the journey this week as we allow Scripture to change how we think -- despite the discomfort. In 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 Consult an overview Utilize an outside resource Follow the cross-reference Look up words in the dictionary Read in a variety of translations Historical context Meditate on Scripture The elements of our feature verse reflected in the lyrics - 2 Corinthians 12:7 How God may send painful circumstances to protect us How 2 Corinthians is tricky to read Consulting an overview The Bible Project Overview of 2 Corinthians - YouTube Video "How to Read the Bible Book by Book" by Fee and Stuart - Amazon paid link Reformation Study Bible Introduction to 2 Corinthians - Amazon paid link What those in opposition to Paul value vs. what Paul values Paul's bold speech to the Corinthian believers Paul's argument against the "super-apostles" Considering what the Christian culture of our day values and celebrates and lining it up against Scripture How the thorn in Paul's flesh was a Godsend - 2 Corinthians 2:9 How "we can't receive God's strength until we know our weakness. We can't receive the sufficiency of God's grace until we know our own insufficiency." - David Guzik, BlueLetterBible.org   As long as we are operating in our own sufficiency we don't truly believe God's grace is sufficient. Our self-exalting actions scream that we don't need God's grace.   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com Behind the song "Godsend" by Riley Clemmons - Kevin Davis New Release Today Article Online commentaries for 2 Corinthians 12 - BlueLetterBible.org Bible introductions and overview links The Bible Project Overview of 2 Corinthians - YouTube Video "How to Read the Bible Book by Book" by Fee and Stuart - Amazon paid link Reformation Study Bible Introduction to 2 Corinthians - Amazon paid link Weekly Challenge Read 2 Corinthians this week. Utilize the overview resources at your fingertips, both online and in your study Bible or books, to get an overall grasp of the themes to explore. Meditate on Scripture to unwind yourself from any misbelief shared by the Corinthian believers that charisma, power, and personal proficiency are better than weakness. Allow the uncomfortable places in this letter to transform the way you think. Get low in your insufficiency -- Christ's power is made perfect in our weakness, and His grace is sufficient for you.

    Podcast #429: "Jireh" by Elevation Worship & Maverick City

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 19:45

    The names of God reveal aspects of His character. I identified two names of God to explore using this week's song "Jireh" by Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music as inspiration. Come with me to Genesis to learn more about Yahweh Yireh and El Shaddai. In 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 Remembering the people described in the Bible were REAL Consult a map Use your imagination Slow down My friend Vince Wright and his work at TheBereanTest.com - YouTube Interview on MichelleNezat TV The Berean Test's review of "Jireh" - TheBereanTest.com Article "Jireh" in our song refers to Jehovah Jireh, the King James Version translation of the Hebrew name for God Yahweh Yireh, meaning "The Lord Will Provide" "You are enough" in our song refers to the name for God El Shaddai, meaning All-Sufficient One Where God reveals His name El Shaddai - Genesis 17 Considering the multiple cross-country moves Abram and his family made How Abram responded to God's "enoughness" How El Shaddai steps into our not-enoughness with His all-sufficiency Continuing to read through Genesis 22 to the story of Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac God's provision of a substitutionary sacrifice in Genesis 22 and again in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus   It's not letting God down we should be worried about. It's lifting ourselves up that gets us into trouble. Like Abram, I want to get LOW in light of God's all-sufficiency.   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com "Live Beyond The Music" with Jasmine Patterson - NewReleaseToday.com Article "Can We Let God Down?" - Article by Barbara Lee Harper "Does God Have Emotions?" - GotQuestions.org Article "The Names of God: El Shaddai" - BlueLetterBible.org "What does it mean that God is Jehovah-Jireh?" - GotQuestions.org Article Map of Abram's Journey to the Promised Land - Headwaters Christian Resources Weekly Challenge Read Genesis 11-22. Remember, the people depicted on the pages of Scripture were REAL. Slow down and let your imagination help you picture the scene (and even some of the scenes that likely happened between the scenes God inspired to record). Meditate on the two names of God highlighted in our song -- El Shaddai (All-sufficient One) and Jehovah Jireh (the Lord Provides). Get low as you lift God up.

    #428: “Still Rolling Stones” by Lauren Daigle

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 23:19

    What constitutes a miracle to you? How about raising a dead man to life? Of course! Did you know that miracle is available to us as well? That's what Lauren Daigle sings about in her song, "Still Rolling Stones." We learn straight from the words of Jesus in this episode. Explore a familiar story with me in John 11. In this week's episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Repetition Read in a variety of translations Write in your Bible Reading the account of Christ's resurrection in all four gospels Choosing the rolling stone incident in John 11 - John 11:39 Why I use the English Standard Version to study - Bonus article by Wayne Grudem Letting things "rise to the surface" by reading repetitively Doing the work of interacting with God's Word to get results Focusing on what we DO understand before getting thrown off by what we don't understand in a text Exploring some "so" and "so that"s in the text Lazarus' illness was for God's glory SO THAT the Son of God may be glorified - John 11:4 Jesus loved the sisters and Lazarus, so he waited to go meet them in their grief - John 11:5 Jesus was glad he wasn't there so that they would believe - John 11:14-15 Recognizing that we don't always know God's motive and big-picture plan (even though we often ascribe motive to Him anyway) Exploring exactly what Jesus wanted us to "believe" since he said it six of the nine times it was mentioned in this chapter - John 11:25-26 Stepping out in faith to believe Jesus so that we too can be called from death to eternal life Recognizing that there were people who witnessed this miraculous event and still chose not to believe   It's REALLY, REALLY important to Jesus that you believe in Him. THAT is what leads to eternal life. He want to roll the stone away from your life.   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - Essential Worship The Advantages of the English Standard Version (ESV) Translation - by Wayne Grudem (on the translation team of the ESV Bible) - online article Weekly Challenge Read John 11. Read John 11 several times and in several translations. Mark in your Bible, or print out a version you feel comfortable marking up and highlight the areas where the word "believe" is used. That is the theme I don't want you to miss. Explore the conjunction "so" and ponder the reason and explanation clauses surrounding it.

    #427: "STAND" by Newsboys ft. TobyMac

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 23:41

    Our convictions govern our behavior. You will need deep convictions to stand for your faith in the culture today. This is just what Newsboys sings about in their new single "STAND."     I hope to inspire you to read your Bible for yourself this week. Submitting to God's Word as true will develop deep convictions. This is just the foundation you need to stand on when the waves of culture come crashing upon your shore. In this week's episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Meditate on Scripture Read and keep on reading Read in context Two college-aged girls who have taken a stand for the unborn The Ethics 101 article in the Maxwell Leadership Bible - Amazon Paid Link How Uriah's convictions determine his behavior, and ultimately his fate - 2 Samuel 11 John Maxwell's definition of conviction - "A strong belief that so governs your decisions that you are willing to die for it." The progression from idea to opinion to belief to commitment to conviction Developing convictions in our lives through: Acknowledging the Bible as the truth source from which we will live Choosing to apply truth from that source to our daily life Exposing ourselves to a relevant need or crisis Determining ahead of time where we stand Uncovering Paul's call to stand in his letter to the Philippians - Philippians 1:27, Philippians 4:1 Counting the cost with Paul in Philippians 1:20-21 Discovering how Paul was willing to die for the magnification of Christ - Philippians 1:24-36 How Paul was willing to die for the gospel, and it is in light of this deep conviction that he calls on us to stand - Philippians 1:27-30 Standing firm as unified believers, not as individuals Together With the same mind (the mind of Christ) In service unto death (if necessary) Taking a stand because our future hope outshines the cost to stand   So we stand firm by leaning into each other. Building one another up. And working hard to have the same mind. Not unanimous agreement in our ideas or opinions all of the time, but the same convictions founded in truth. Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com Maxwell Leadership Bible - Amazon Paid Link Weekly Challenge Ask God to reveal any holes in your convictions. Are there areas you need to fill with the truth of God's Word? Have your convictions been tested? In light of the discussion on convictions, read Paul's letter to the Philippians. Identify how Paul encourages believers to stand and practical ways to do that.

    #426: " I Will Carry You" by Ellie Holcomb

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 21:48

    In what circumstances do you need to be carried? I think of when I'm hurt or incapacitated -- any time when I can't carry myself. Ellie Holcomb's song "I Will Carry You" led me to consider God's thoughts on why He carries us. Join me in the pages of Scripture to see why God even indicated He would carry us in the first place. In this week's episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Slow down Make a list Meditate on Scripture Read in context Complete a word study Consider the opposite Compare and contrast How our featured area of meditation inspired Ellie Holcomb in the writing of the song as well - Isaiah 46:4 - JubileeCast.com Article How slowing down can lead to deeper observations and greater understanding God's method of getting us to look more closely at an idea - "Listen to me" The different words for "carry" used in this section of Isaiah "borne" - Strongs #6006 "carry" - Strongs #5375 God's reasoning behind His willingness to carry us Considering the opposite of what it would look like if God did not carry us God's compare and contrast between false God and Himself (spoiler alert: there is no comparison) Discovering the best place to start in Isaiah to take in more of the context of our focus area - reading Isaiah 40-46 J. Vernon McGee's Outline of Isaiah - BlueLetterBible.org "How to Read the Bible Book by Book" by Fee and Stuart - Amazon Paid Link Uncovering the contrast between how we must carry our false gods and how God carries us - Isaiah 46:1-4 The sky god and the wisdom god of Isaiah 46:1 compared with the only true God - Isaiah 40:12-14, God's question to us -- and His answer - Isaiah 40:18, Isaiah 46:5, Isaiah 46:9   As you sing this song and meditate on God's words through the prophet Isaiah, I pray you allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what ways you are leaning on other things to carry you.   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com "Ellie Holcomb Shares About the Making of 'I Will Carry You'" - JubileeCast.com Article Dr. J. Vernon McGee: Outline for Isaiah - BlueLetterBible.org Enduring Word Commentary: Isaiah 46 - EnduringWord.com "How to Read the Bible Book by Book" by Fee and Stuart - Amazon Paid Link Weekly Challenge Read Isaiah 40-46. Unpack and meditate on verses 1-4 of chapter 46. Focus on who God is and His promise to carry you. Meditate on the truth. Consider what the opposite of depending upon God to carry you looks like. Respond to your Heavenly Father with a heart of gratitude for His faithfulness. The God who created the heavens and is Wisdom lifts you, carries you, and delivers you.

    #425: "See Me Through It" by Brandon Heath

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 24:23

    When Brandon Heath sings of days getting dark and life getting hard in his song "See Me Through It," I immediately thought of Habakkuk and the national crisis during his time. The darkness and injustice of his time can be seen in our own, and just like Habakkuk, we can trust that God will see us through it. I have a plan to help you interact with the text of this minor prophet all week. You don't want to miss it. In this week's episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Remembering the people reflected in the Bible were real Listen to an audio version of the text Reading in context Repetition Study in various translations Make a list Write down observations Ask questions Write out a prayer inspired by Scripture Using this week's song as Habakkuk's theme song Thoughts about prophets I learned from reading in Abraham Joshua Heschel's book "The Prophets" - Amazon Paid Link "The prophet is a person, not a microphone." "The prophet's task is to convey a divine view, yet as a person, he is a point of view. He speaks from the perspective of God as perceived from the perspective of his own situation." "To us, injustice is injurious to the welfare of the people; to the prophets, it is a deathblow to existence; to us, an episode, to them a catastrophe, a threat to the world." Habakkuk's "how long" and "why" questions we may be asking as well - Habakkuk 1:2-4 Learning to be more sensitive to the things God is sensitive about A plan to utilize small chunks of time during the week to make a significant impact (as inspired by James Clear's "Atomic Habits" - Amazon Paid Link) Day one: Listen to an audio version of Habakkuk 1-3 (it will take less than 10 minutes) - I use the YouVersion Bible App Day two: Repeat day one Day three: Listen to an audio version of Habakkuk in a different translations Day four: Watch the Bible Project's Habakkuk Overview Video - BibleProject.com Day five: Take 10 minutes to write down questions, prayers, lists, or general observations from the text (at this point, you've invested almost an hour, just split over several days) Day six: Schedule extra time to follow some cross-references and see how Habakkuk connects to the rest of the Bible and Christ Romans 1:7 Galatians 3:11 Hebrews 10:37 Revelation 19:11-21 Philippians 4:10-13   We are a people called to live by faith and God is a God who will see us through it until His appointed time.   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com "The Prophets" by Abraham Joshua Heschel - Amazon Paid Link "Atomic Habits" by James Clear - Amazon Paid Link ESV Expository Commentary: Daniel–Malachi - Amazon Paid Link Weekly Challenge Follow the plan laid out in this episode to interact with the book of Habakkuk this week. You will be amazed at how small chunks of time invested in interacting with Scripture will add up -- not only in an accumulation of time but in familiarity with the Scripture itself. As you read (or listen to) the interaction between Habakkuk and God, remember that Habakkuk was a real person, not a microphone.

    #424: "Firm Foundation (He Won't)" by Maverick City Music

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 20:50

    Christ is my firm foundation. He is the rock on which I stand. These are not just great lyrics from Maverick City Music in their song "Firm Foundation (He Won't)," but they're founded in Scripture. Come with me on a journey through God's Holy Word to learn more about our Rock. In this week's episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Make a list Read in context Compare and contrast God does not change and is not impacted by our current chaos Moving beyond powerful lyrics to the deeper truths that inspired them How Christ is our firm foundation - 1 Corinthians 3:11 Christ as the cornerstone - Isaiah 28:16 a tested stone a precious stone a cornerstone a sure foundation How Christ was rejected - Psalm 118 and Mark 12:10-11 What it means that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone - GotQuestions.org Article How we fit it in the building of God as living stones - 1 Peter 2:4-8 Christ as our only foundation - Use Episode 414 as a companion to this week's study - Psalm 62 The use of "Rock" as a proper name for God rather than just figurative descriptions - Deuteronomy 32 Discovering a contrast between our Rock and the rock of pagan culture How we can only declare that our house is built on Christ if we hear His words and do them - Matthew 7:24-27 - use Episode 271 as a companion to this week's study We can only declare that our house is built on Christ if we hear His words and do them.   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com What does it mean that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone? - Got Questions Article Weekly Challenge Explore Christ as our foundation using the Scriptures I've listed in the show notes above. Read and meditate on Psalm 62, where we learn that God alone is our rock and salvation. Don't miss out on what you will learn in Deuteronomy 32 by contrasting the faithfulness of God and His unfaithful people. Finally, commit to building your life on the rock of Christ by doing what He teaches in Matthew 7 -- hear His words and do them.

    #423: "Fill My Cup" by Andrew Ripp

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 19:58

    Our God is a God of abundance. But while we are looking around thinking an abundant life has to do more with material blessings and a lack of conflict, God has a better idea. Andrew Ripp's song "Fill My Cup" inspired me to discover what God wants to fill us with, as revealed by His holy Word. Join me as we meditate on a couple of psalms and then diligently seek out what Scripture describes as a cup running over. In this week's episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Meditate on Scripture Explore a topic Make a list Compare and contrast Psalm 23 because of the phrase "my cup overflows" as inspired by our song - Psalm 23:5-6 Debbie Devries podcast on Psalm 23:5-6 - Debbie Devries Ministry Podcast Episode 30 - "Dinner" How the table of a host was a place of provision and protection Psalm 16 because of the phrase "the Lord is my chosen portion and my cup" - Psalm 16:5-6 Discovering that God is our cup and He is also what He fills us with Where the table of Psalm 23 is represented in our lives today - John 14:23 Our feature verse - Romans 15:13 Using the Greek word for "fill" found in our feature verse to discover every other time it was translated "fill" in the New Testament and what the context teaches us - BibleHub.com listing of every mention of pléroó The beatitude that teaches about being filled with righteousness - Matthew 5:6 The contrast of what it looks like to be filled with unrighteousness - Romans 1 Learning that Christ is our righteousness - 1 Corinthians 1:30 Jesus' encouragement that our thirst for Him will lead to an overflow of the Holy Spirit in our lives - John 7:37-38 Discovering that Christ does the filling - Ephesians 1:23 Uncovering that we are filled with all the fullness of God when we comprehend the love of Christ - Ephesians 3:19 Concluding that God IS our cup, and God fills our cup with Himself to overflowing A cup that runs over cannot hold all that is being poured into it.     More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com Story Behind the Song "Fill My Cup" by Andrew Ripp - JubilieeCast.com Article What does it mean that my cup runneth over? - GotQuestions.org Article Weekly Challenge Read Psalm 23 and Psalm 16. Meditate on these two psalms and the idea that God is both our cup and the One who fills it to overflowing. Then take the challenge to look up verses talking about things and people being "filled" and discover what God's Word says about it. What you learn may change your perspective forever. You can do it!

    #422: "Kingdom Come" by Rebecca St. James feat. for KING & COUNTRY

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 27:20

    I have a love-hate relationship with hard questions. I love that they inspire me to think critically and put in more thought and effort. I hate that the answer is often not as tidy as I would like. In her song "Kingdom Come," Rebecca St. James sings about the Kingdom of God and leads me to seek the answer to some ambitious questions this week. Join me in the book of Matthew to see what Jesus has to say about the Kingdom of God as we consider these two questions: What is the Kingdom of God? And is the Kingdom of God here, or is it coming? In 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 Mark up the text Slow down Make observations of the text Compare and contrast Consult outside resources Share with a friend Reading the text of Scripture for yourself first Recognizing the historical sacrifices made so we could have a copy of God's Holy Word at our fingertips in our own language Reading the entire Sermon on the Mount in one sitting Backing up to Matthew 3 to see the first mention of the Kingdom of Heaven - Matthew 3:1-2 Identifying that we should pray for the Kingdom of God to come, but that it's also already here - Luke 17:20-21 Highlighting where the Kingdom of God is mentioned and making observations around those texts Matthew 3:1-2 Matthew 4:17 Matthew 4:23 Matthew 5:3 Matthew 5:10 Matthew 5:19-20 Matthew 6:10 Matthew 6:33 Matthew 7:21 Matthew 8:11-12 The thoughts of my friend Vince over at thebereantest.com about the four elements of a kingdom King Dominion Servants Law Cataloging the observations we make of the text as it relates to the Kingdom of God John Piper's thoughts on how to define the Kingdom of God - Desiring God Podcast Transcript An excellent article on the idea of "already and not yet" - GotQuestions.org More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Story Behind the Song "Kingdom Come" by Rebecca St. James - NewReleaseToday.com Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com What is Kingdom Theology? - GotQuestions.org Article Preaching the Word - Matthew Commentary by Douglas Sean O'Donnell & R Kent Hughes - Amazon Paid Link Weekly Challenge Read Christ's sermon in context (Matthew 5-7). Perhaps back up to Matthew 3 and read forward, marking every instance of the Kingdom of God. Make observations of the text. Write down what you discover as you focus on the Kingdom and discuss your findings with a friend. Recognize that the Kingdom is here, AND it is coming. See how important it is to Christ. Incorporate the petition for God's Kingdom to come into your regular prayer life-giving it priority over your needs and name.

    #421: "In Jesus Name (God of Possible) by Katy Nichole

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 23:31

    Have you ever had the privilege of praying for someone else? Lifting a prayer to God on behalf of someone else is called intercessory prayer. This week's song "In Jesus Name (God Of Possible)" by Katy Nichole is an intercessory prayer. It inspired me to read, study, and meditate on an intercessory prayer Daniel prayed. Join me on the podcast as we explore it together. In this week's episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Pray Scripture Read larger chunks of Scripture Start with God Make a list How there is no "gift of intercession" rather as followers of Christ we are ALL called upon to intercede for all in authority (1 Timothy 2:2); ministers (Philippians 1:19); friends (Job 42:8); fellow countrymen (Romans 10:1); the sick (James 5:14); enemies (Jeremiah 29:7); those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44); those who forsake us (2 Timothy 4:16); and all men (1 Timothy 2:1) Being faithful to pray for those God has entrusted to your circle of family, friends, co-workers etc. Praying in Jesus' name as He teaches us in John 14 and John 15 Recognizing Jesus as our mediator in 1 Timothy 2:5 and Hebrews 4:14-16 How disciples of Christ can pray in His name Why prayers that ask for things contrary to the Word of God will never be answered - 1 John 5:14, James 4:2-3 Seeing the element of intercessory prayer at work in Daniel 9 It is a prayer in response to the Word - Daniel 9:2 It is a prayer characterized by fervency - Daniel 9:3 It is a prayer characterized by praising God for who He is - Daniel 9:4 It is a prayer strengthened by confession - Daniel 9:5-15 It is a prayer dependent on God's character - Daniel 9:4, 7, 9, 15 It is a prayer where the ultimate goal is God's glory - Daniel 9:16-19 Making a list of God's characteristics revealed in this prayer More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com "Katy Nichole's ‘In Jesus Name (God of Possible)' Goes Viral" - CCM Magazine Article "What is intercessory prayer?" - GotQuestions.org Article Daniel 9 - Enduring Word Bible Commentary My prayer app of choice - PrayerMate App Sermon: In the Name of Jesus - John 14, 16 - Lifeway.com Weekly Challenge Acknowledge your role as an intercessor -- as one who is called to pray on behalf of others. Use the Scriptures included in the show notes to consider the instruction to pray in the name and authority of Jesus -- the only mediator between God and us. Finally, spend some time reading and meditating on Daniel's intercessory prayer in Daniel 9. Consider journaling how you will commit to adjusting your prayer life to match the example and instruction you uncover.

    #420: “You Already Know” by JJ Heller

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 18:40

    Today has not caught God off-guard. No matter the circumstance you find yourself in, He's already there, and He already knows what will happen next. JJ Heller's song, "You Already Know," reminds us of God's omniscience -- the attribute of God that means He is all-knowing. Join me in exploring this attribute of God in Scripture this week. In this week's episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Explore a topic Utilize outside resources Follow the cross-reference Consider the opposite Meditate on truth Pray Scripture How God knows everything - 1 John 3:20 How trusting man (or our own hearts) is not a good idea - Jeremiah 17:5-10 That God has never learned and cannot learn - Isaiah 40:13-14 How God's knowledge is unfathomably deep - Romans 11:33-36 Meditating on the depth of the knowledge of God AW Tozer's book, "Knowledge of the Holy" - Amazon Paid Link That God's deep and purposeful knowledge - Isaiah 46:8-11 The deeply personal nature of God's knowledge - Psalm 90:8 Our inability to "hide" from our all-knowing God - Psalm 139:7-12 God's steadfast love (despite knowing everything about us) - Isaiah 54:10 Jen Wilkin's book, "None Like Him" - Amazon Paid Link Praying for God to reveal and enlighten our hearts - Ephesians 1:16-21   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics for "You Already Know" by JJ Heller - NewReleaseToday.com "You Already Know" by JJ Heller Behind the Song With Kevin Davis - New Release Today Article "What does it mean that God is omniscient?" - GotQuestions.org Weekly Challenge Meditate on God's omniscience this week — we've only scratched the surface. Follow-up on the listing of Scriptures found in the show notes to read them for yourself in context. Perhaps even consider reading one of the outside resources I referenced to increase your understanding of the attributes of God.

    #419: "For The Good" by Riley Clemmons

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 24:46

    We serve a loving God. He helps us in our weakness, He causes everything to work together for our good, He gives us right standing before Him by taking away the sin nature we could never conquer on our own, and so much more. Riley Clemmons sings about this in her song "For The Good," but it all came from Paul's letter to the Romans. Let's read this letter together. Grab a Reader's Bible, and I'll meet you in the letter to the Romans. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Read and keep on reading Setting our hope on WHO God is over what He can do for us How the Intitute for Bible Reading is changing the way people read the Bible - InstituteForBibleReading.org Immersing ourselves in the text of the Bible with fewer distractions - Immerse: The Reading Bible My recommended resource - Immerse: Messiah (the complete New Testament in one reading volume) - Amazon Paid Link Reading Romans from the beginning, through our focus area of Scripture, and stopping at a natural point How Paul uses a pattern of ancient rhetoric known as a diatribe - EnterTheBible.org definition Identifying the natural divisions in Paul's long letter to the Romans - "How to Read the Bible Book by Book" by Fee and Stuart Amazon Paid Link Seeing the law of sin, the law of Moses, and the law of the Spirit in Romans 5-8 Three things the Holy Spirit gives us a sense of new life a new mind-set a new identity How our suffering doesn't mean God doesn't love us or can't redeem it for our good and His glory More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources "For The Good" by Riley Clemmons - Behind the song with Kevin Davis - New Release Today Article "For The Good" Lyrics - New Release Today Weekly Challenge Grab a reader's Bible, start in Romans 1, and read through chapter 11. (Here's an online option if you can't secure a paper copy.) Immerse yourself in the letter from Paul to the believers in Rome. Go back to chapter 8 to see how the Spirit of God changes everything -- including our perspective on suffering. Rejoice in the right standing we have before God because of Christ and in the love of God that stands firm through it all.

    #418: "Thank You Jesus For The Blood" by Charity Gayle

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 21:33

    If the gospel message were a song, it would be "Thank You Jesus For The Blood" by Charity Gayle. The good news is that Christ's sacrifice covers our sins offering us eternal salvation. Join me as we explore the Day of Atonement in the Old Testament and how it foreshadowed the "once and for all" sacrifice of Jesus. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Consult an overview of the book Read larger chunks of Scripture Read and keep on reading by setting a timer rather than focusing on chapters read A resource for breaking apart this song lyric by lyric and pointing to Scripture - TheBereanTest.com Leviticus - The Most Exciting Book You've (N)ever Read - David Schrock Article The chiastic structure of Leviticus (so fascinating) - Meeting God in the Margin Article Consulting an overview of Leviticus before reading - BibleProject.com Video The Day of Atonement as the pinnacle of Leviticus - Leviticus 16 The old system as a shadow and preview of what was to come in Christ - Hebrews 10:1-2 Our redemption secured forever - Hebrews 9:11-12 Our purification that leads to holy worship - Hebrews 9:13-15 The purification of the tabernacle and Christ's fulfillment - Hebrews 9:24-26 The "once and for all" nature of Christ's payment - Hebrews 10:10-11 The scapegoat - Leviticus 16:20-22 How the mercy seat was a picture of God concealing the people from the ever-condemning judgment of the law - GotQuestions.org Article   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics for Charity Gayle's song "Thank You Jesus For The Blood" - NewReleaseToday.com What is the meaning of the scapegoat? - GotQuestions.org Article What was inside the ark of the covenant? - GotQuestions.org Article Weekly Challenge Read Leviticus for yourself. You know you need a reason. Use this episode as your reason to roll up your sleeves and read it. But read it as it is written with its chiastic structure in mind. Consult the Bible Project video to understand the design better before reading Leviticus for yourself. When you finish reading Leviticus (with the Day of Atonement as its pinnacle), dive into Hebrews 9 and 10 to see Christ as the final sacrifice. Then sing along with Charity Gayle, "Thank you, Jesus, for the blood applied."

    #417: "My God Is Still The Same" by Sanctus Real

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 25:21

    Have you ever put your trust in something or someone you thought would never change, only to have them change? With our God, there is no chance of change. God's immutability is one of His attributes that brings me comfort and joy every time I meditate on it. This week I use Sanctus Real's song "My God Is Still The Same" to ponder our unchanging Lord. Join me as we explore various Scripture references that remind us "our God is still the same." Get inspired to read a larger section of Scripture in the book of Numbers where God makes his unchanging nature known. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Use your imagination Compare and contrast Read learger chunks of Scripture NEW BITE! Apples, Bananas, Coconuts Ask questions Meditate on Scripture Storying God's immutability - the attribute of God that means He does not change The Immutability of God - Tabletalk Article How God cannot get better and better because He is unchanging References to God's unchanging nature Malachi 3:6 Hebrews 13:8 James 1:17 How God's unchanging nature should be a source of great joy for us An account in the Old Testament where God declares His immutability - Numbers 22-25 How God declares His unchanging nature to Balak through Balaam - Numbers 23:19 Balak "fighting fire with fire" by calling on the supernatural to fight the supernatural forces of heaven An episode of the Bible Reset where I learned a new BITE - Apples, Bananas, Coconut - The Bible Reset Podcast (from 23:40 if you only want to hear the new BITE...but I highly recommend the entire episode) One of my questions and how I discovered the answer Following the cross-references to understand the significance of this Old Testament account and how it is used to teach in the New Testament Revelation 2:14 2 Peter 2:15 Jude 1:11 How Balak didn't need a supernatural curse to defeat the Israelites, he merely needed a temptation that cause the Israelites to invite a curse upon themselves - Revelation 2:14   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics for Sanctus Real's Song "My God Is Still The Same" - NewReleaseToday.com Behind the Song "My God Is Still The Same" by Sanctus Real - Kevin Davis Article at New Release Today Immutability of God - GotQuestions.org Article Balaam in the Bible - GotQuestions.org Article Balak in the Bible - GotQuestions.org Article 15 Amazing Attributes of God -- What They Mean and Why They Matter - BibleStudyTools.com Article "None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different From Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)" by Jen Wilkin - Amazon Paid Link ESV Study Bible - Amazon Paid Link Weekly Challenge Read Numbers 22-25 for yourself, but not by yourself. Invite a friend to read this account with you and start by highlighting the details you've never seen before or anything interesting you want to talk about. Then discuss your questions with each other. I know you will be encouraged that other people have questions, too. Next, use some of the tools I'll give you in the show notes to really crack open the coconut. And don't forget to follow the cross-references to see how important this story is in THIS generation. Finally, ponder the important attribute of God we have uncovered this week -- He is immutable, He is unchanging, our God is still the same.

    #416: "The Commission" by CAIN

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 26:18

    We often forget the people described in the Bible were real. Can I add, especially Jesus? We read of Jesus' triumphant victory over death and the grave in each gospel and His instructions to His disciples before He ascends to the Father. CAIN's song "The Commission" beautifully portrays this transition reminding us how precious His disciples are to Him. May we explore the "end" of each gospel with a renewed sense of Christ's humanity, never taking our eyes off of His authority and divinity. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Share with friend How the "helps" in our Bible might actually distract us more than help us Glenn Paauw quote, "We have made it hard for people to just flat out read the Bible..." - DesiringGod.org Interview "Saving the Bible from Ourselves: Learning to Read and Live the Bible Well" by Glenn Paauw - Paid Amazon Link Immerse Bible Resources - ImmerseBible.com Elevating God's Word over words about God's Word "The Great Commission" - Matthew 28:16-20 Examining "The Great Commission" in light of the definition of "commission" Sowing the seeds that have been planted in you Locating areas of Scripture to study mentioned in "The Commission" by CAIN (even better to read all of these chapters by backing up and reading the chapters leading into them) Matthew 28 Mark 16 John 20 Luke 24 Acts 1 John 14 Revelation 1:18   More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics for "The Commission" by C.A.I.N. - New Release Today The story behind the song "The Commission" by C.A.I.N. - YouTube Video "The Commission" thoughts on the song by CAIN (all three members of CAIN on this video) - YouTube Video "What is deconstruction? What does it mean when people say they are deconstructing their faith?" - GotQuestions.org Article "What is the Great Commission?" - GotQuestions.org Article "Fulfilling the Great Commission at Home" - ChristianParenting.org Article Weekly Challenge I hope I've given you ample inspiration to go and explore at least the end of all four gospels and the beginning of Acts as we consider what Jesus' parting instructions were to His disciples and ultimately to all of His current disciples walking the earth today. Sneak in John 14 and peek at Revelation 1:18, and you will have Scripture to explore for every lyric of this song. Add "The Commission" by CAIN to your playlist and rehearse the truths you study this week in song.

    #415: "Poetry" by Taylor Leonhardt

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 23:10

    We are the workmanship of a creative God. Our new lives in Christ are supposed to mean something. We are called to walk in a manner worthy of the calling on our lives, and God planned out the good works for us to walk in. Taylor Leonhardt's song "Poetry" led me to ponder this, and more, in Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Join me in spending time in this letter, with a deep look at the profound transformation we experience in Christ and what it's all for. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Consider historical context Consult an overview Follow the cross-references Mark up the text Make a list Meditate on Scripture Differentiating the art from the inspiration for the art Seeking to know more about Scripture to better appreciate the art created inspired by it The focus verse - Ephesians 2:10 Reading the entire letter to the Ephesians Consulting overviews for historical context - Ephesians Bible Book Overview Video by the Bible Project | ESV Study Bible Amazon Paid Link Identifying the similarities in the culture at Ephesus and our culture today Following the cross-reference to the book of Acts to see Paul's experiences in Ephesus - Acts 19-20 Studying our focus text - Ephesians 2:1-10 Marking up the text Making a list of observations of our lives before Christ Making a list of observations of what God did for us in Christ Making a list of observations of our new lives in Christ Seeing that we are God's workmanship, His poema, for a purpose - Ephesians 2:10 Getting inspired to go back to the whole letter to see more about how we are to "walk" now that we've been saved by grace through faith More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics for Taylor Leonhardt's song "Poetry" - TaylorLeonhardt.com "Are We God's Poem?" - Bill Mounce Article Introduction to Ephesians - Reformation Study Bible Amazon Paid Link "Free from Bondage God's Way: Galatians/Ephesians" by Kay Arthur - Amazon Paid Link Weekly Challenge Dig in to God's Word this week. Read all of Ephesians. Consult an overview and some background information about the time and culture in Ephesus when Paul wrote this letter. Meditate on Ephesians 2:1-10 and mark up your Bible as you make observations about our lives before Christ, the work of God, and our lives after Christ. Don't forget we are His workmanship for a purpose -- walking in the good works God prepared in advance for us to do.

    #414: "Refuge" by Skillet

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2022 20:24

    We like choices, but God is an exclusive God. He demands our exclusive worship. More than that, he ALONE is our refuge -- all others are lacking. Both Scripture and Skillet's song "Refuge" remind us of this fact. Let's link our song to a psalm to meditate on God's Word. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Consider the historical background Start with God Ask questions Make a list The 30 Day Music Challenge - ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE Behind the song "Refuge" by Skillet - Behind the Song With Kevin Davis Behind the track "Refuge" by Skillet - a message from Jon Cooper - YouTube Video Exploring Psalm 46 on a previous episode - Episode 233 How ten psalms talk about God being our refuge, but we chose to focus on Psalm 62 Looking up the word "refuge" in the dictionary and thesaurus God ALONE is our refuge - Psalm 62:1-2 Making observations about David's enemies - Psalm 62:3-4 Recognizing we have an enemy, too - 1 Peter 5:8 Comparing and contrasting verses 1 & 2 with 5 & 6 - Psalm 62:1-2, 5-6 Declaring truth AND praying for it at the same time How a city AND a life with broken-down walls is a disgrace - Proverbs 25:28 David's exhortation - Psalm 62:9-10 A final reminder - Psalm 62:11 Check out the official lyric video of this week's song below! https://youtu.be/UAgc24Ae4HM More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics for Skillet's song "Refuge" - NewReleaseToday.com "The Treasury of David: Charles Spurgeon Commentary on Psalms" - Amazon Paid Link Weekly Challenge Wait quietly before the Lord in prayer and meditation on His Word. Sit in Psalm 62 this week, making observations, comparing and contrasting verses, and pondering the fine points of this psalm. Pour your heart out to God in honest prayer. Confess where you have placed your trust in people or money (or anything else) and declare today that God ALONE is your refuge.

    #413: "Graves Into Gardens” by Elevation Worship

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 24:35

    We spend so much time trying to make things happen in our lives. The pandemic has shown us how little control we have on a global level. Elevation Worship's song "Graves Into Gardens" reminds us that God does transformational things -- and He's the only One Who can. Let's use this song to send us to the words of a prophet and a king to learn more about our transformational God. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Consider the historical background Start with God Ask questions Make a list The 30 Day Music Challenge - ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE My prayer for my listeners -- that God will give you an unreasonable desire for His Word that leads to an unsurpassable relationship with Him God, Himself is our goal, and our priority must be our Father and His kingdom Spending time in Isaiah 61 in Episode 282 Our starting-point verse that uses the phrase "mourning to dancing" - Psalm 30:11 Gaining historical perspective by consulting my study Bible - ESV Study Bible {Amazon Paid Link} Observing concrete details in the life of David, empathizing with those details, and translating that into worshiping God from the same place Starting with God by asking questions of the text that lead us to Him A trusted resource to teach us how to ask questions of the text - "Asking the Right Questions" by Matthew Harmon {Amazon Paid Link} Making lists of God's character, conduct, and concerns revealed in Psalm 30 Discovering more transformations in Isaiah 61 We are righteous trees planted by the Lord to glorify Him and to be an example to the nations. God does that. And He's the only one who can. Check out the official live performance video of this week's song below! https://youtu.be/KwX1f2gYKZ4 More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com An Interview With Elevation Worship - NewReleaeToday.com Chords - WorshipChords.com Weekly Challenge Spend some time in Psalm 30 and Isaiah 61 this week. Try starting with God as you interact with the text. Seek where you can learn more about His character, conduct, and concerns. Identify some of the transformations we sing about in our song directly reflected in the text. Don't stop there! Pray and listen for what God wants you to learn from His Word.

    #412: "Truth Be Told" by Matthew West

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 21:43

    There's a shortage of truth in the world today. Of course, the definition of truth seems to be up for grabs for some, but today we're talking about sincerity in action without pretense. Matthew West sings about this in his song "Truth Be Told." Jesus teaches about it in the Gospel of Matthew. Spend some time this week examining the words of Jesus with an open heart. In this episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Consider the historical background Follow the cross-references Utilize a trusted outside resource (like a commentary or Study Bible) Read in context Summarize the text in your own words Ask questions of the text Remember, the people in the Bible were real The 30 Day Music Challenge - ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE Matthew West's story behind the song - YouTube Video The book Matthew West wrote that he mentioned in the video - "Hello My Name Is" by Matthew West The verse in Isaiah Matthew West refers to in the video - Isaiah 29:13 How Jesus uses two metaphors to talk about what He thinks of being clean, put together, and FINE only on the outside - Matthew 23:27-28 The historical context of why touching tombs would have been a big deal to Christ's audience - Numbers 19:16 Why it was their practice to whitewash tombs - Douglas Sean O'Donnell "Preaching The Word" Commentary on Matthew Really considering the root of what Jesus is teaching and how it may apply to our own "clean on the outside and a hot mess on the inside" moments Zooming out all the way to Matthew 21 to see the context of our focus teaching Summarizing Matthew 23:1-11 in our own words Recognizing the seven "woe"s in Matthew 23 Checking out another "woe" from the Old Testament - Hosea 7:13 Hearing the "rolling thunder of Christ's wrath" in the text Recognizing the hypocrisy in our own lives and treating it with the weight Christ demands Make no mistake. I don't think Jesus is going to give us a pass on what He is distinctly declaring as worthy of woe and judgment just because we're not a Scribe or a Pharisee. Check out the official live performance video of this week's song below! https://youtu.be/j4wYkS8Z3Io More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Matthew West makes the case for honesty - KLove Blog Lyrics - WGBL.org "Truth Be Told" by Matthew West Story Behind the Song - YouTube Article on the seven "woe"s in Matthew 23 - GotQuestions.org Article on what "woe" means in Scripture - Patheos.com Commentary on the book of Matthew - Paid Amazon Link Weekly Challenge Read Matthew 21-25 to understand the complete context of Jesus' teaching. Focus in on Matthew 23 and really study it (I've included resources I used "Additional Resources" above). Identify and write down summaries of the seven woes. Hear the rolling thunder of Christ's wrath and take His rebuke seriously. Pray and ask the Lord to reveal any hypocrisy in your life.

    #411: "Battle Belongs” by Phil Wickham

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 19:48

    There was a national crisis, and the king didn't know what to do. At that moment, the king had choices. He could turn to his own wisdom, the advisors of those around him, or any number of places for advice. In the Scripture inspired by Phil Wickham's song "Battle Belongs," the king chose to seek the Lord. May we follow his example...well, mostly. Let's read the whole account of King Jehoshaphat's crisis in 2 Chronicles 20 and then read past it to see "the rest of the story." In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Reading in context Storying Sharing with a friend Compare and contrast Remembering the people described in the Bible were REAL Prayer Praying Scripture The 30 Day Music Challenge Heading over to 2 Chronicles 20 for the week How I've used this area of Scripture in previous episodes - Episode 151 and Episode 305 Watching Phil Wickham take the BITE of "storying" this video - YouTube Video Not letting the "tweetable" verses in 2 Chronicles 20 distract from internalizing this Scripture Watching the king and his people go from a crisis to fear, to trust, to worship, to victory, to rest The difference between descriptive and prescriptive texts in Scripture - GotQuestions.org Article Using Scripture to shape the wording of our prayers How reading the "rest of the story" reminds us to finish well 2 Chronicles 20:33 Matthew 24:13 Colossians 1:21-23 From crisis to fear, to trust, to worship, to victory, to rest. What a great account of God's might and faithfulness. More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - Essential Worship The Story Behind the Writing of the Song "The Battle Belongs" - YouTube Video The Biblical Story Behind the Song "The Battle Belongs" - YouTube Video A critical thinking review of the lyrics testing for Biblical accuracy - TheBereanTest.com A discussion about the difference between prescriptive and descriptive Scripture - GotQuestions.org Article Weekly Challenge Become so familiar with the account in 2 Chronicles 20 that you can retell the story to others. The best way to practice this is with a friend. It will take some time and repetition, but it will be worth it! To get the full context of King Jehoshaphat's reign, you might even back up in 2 Chronicles to the beginning of his story -- or even go further back and take in his father's story. We all know how our heritage can shape us. Learn from Jehoshaphat and remember that the battle for your soul belongs to the Lord -- He has already won the victory!

    #410: "House Of The Lord" by Phil Wickham

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 22:18

    What does Scripture say about the house of the Lord? That's what I set out to discover with Phil Wickham's new song, "House Of The Lord," playing in the background. The answer weaves through the Old and New Testaments. We only scratch the surface, but let's see how much we can explore. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Explore a topic Make observations Slow down Share with a friend Follow the cross-references The 30 Day Music Challenge Phil Wickham's thoughts in the story behind the song - YouTube Video David's own joy at the thought of going to the house of the Lord - Psalm 122:1 Expressing curiosity at the thought that David implies going to the temple, but it wasn't built in his lifetime The story of David's desire to build a house for the Lord and God's response - 2 Samuel 7:1-7 A wonderful resource to explore the tabernacle and what all the pieces represent - "Made According to Pattern" by CW Slemming {Amazon Paid Link} Learning about the first dwelling place of God among His people...a tent - Exodus 25 The presence of God filling the tent of meeting and some observations - Exodus 35:34-38 God declaring that David's son would build him a temple - 2 Samuel 7:11-16 Solomon beginning the building process in 2 Chronicles 3 The angel declaring Jesus as the fulfillment of the Davidic covenant - Luke 1:31-33 The temple as a house of prayer for all peoples - Isaiah 56:7 Comparing Jesus and His new covenant to the copy and shadow of the old covenant - Hebrews 8:1-6 Understanding that individually as believers in Christ we are the temple of the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Learning that collectively, as believers, we are the dwelling place of God as well - 1 Peter 2:4-5, Ephesians 2:19-22 Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - Essential Worship Behind The Song With Kevin Davis - New Release Today Article "Why didn't God allow David to build the temple?" - GotQuestions.org Article This Week's Challenge You have a lot of reading and observing to do this week! Head over to Exodus to read all about the tabernacle -- its design and purpose. Then read God's response to David's desire to build Him a "house" in 2 Samuel 7. You can read all about the building process of the temple beginning in 2 Chronicles 3. Explore the fulfillment of God's covenant in Christ in Hebrews 8. Finally, meditate on the truth sprinkled throughout the New Testament that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit -- both individually and collectively. We are the house of the Lord, and there's joy in the house of the Lord.

    #409: "Jericho" by Andrew Ripp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 24:04

    It doesn't matter how thick the walls are to us; it only matters how thick the walls are to God. When Andrew Ripp sings of our fears coming down like Jericho walls in his song "Jericho," I was inspired to study the story leading up to that moment. I learned a lot about Joshua and what God commanded him. {Spoiler alert: God speaks directly to his fear.} Join me on the journey this week! In this encore episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Context Read larger chunks of Scripture Consider the opposite Use section headings to get your bearings Read/watch an overview of the book you're studying Consider the historical context Meditate on God's Word Follow the cross-reference The 30 Day Music Challenge - ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE Not overcomplicating our time in God's Word Taking in the whole story - Joshua 1-6 Considering that "courage" is the opposite of "fear" An overview of the book of Joshua - BibleProject.com Taking on Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy to gain historical context (look for Joshua in these texts as well) God's four calls for Joshua be strong and courageous - Joshua 1:1-9 One more call to courage from Joshua's fellow Israelites - Joshua 1:16-18 Trusting God and letting fear crumble to the ground because He's trustworthy Following the cross-reference to see Moses sending out spies - Numbers 13:18-20 Reading on to Numbers 14:7-9 to hear Joshua's own words in the face of fear the first time they pulled up to the promised land Additional Resources Lyrics - mykits.com Individual song - Amazon Paid Link Weekly Challenge Read Joshua 1-6. Consider reading it multiple times in various versions. Note the repeated call to courage and meditate on the details surrounding each call. Follow the cross-reference to Numbers 13 and 14 and compare and contrast the sending of spies into the promised land.

    #408: "Make Room" by Casting Crowns feat. Matt Maher

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 18:15

    The hustle and bustle of the holiday season are coming to an end. So many details remind us of Christ. What a tragedy it will be if we make room for the traditions that point to Him but fail to make room in our hearts for HIM. Casting Crowns' song, "Make Room," inspired me to take a step back and view the details from a different perspective. Join me as we explore just how long ago the details of the Christmas narrative were set in motion. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Storying - retelling the story of Scripture in your own words Share with a friend Slow down Repetition The 30 Day Music Challenge The Lifeway report revealing 90% of Americans celebrate Christmas, but 17% of them can't remember any of the narrative - BreakPoint Podcast Letting the narrative of the birth of Christ sink in, to the point where you can retell it in your own words (a.k.a. taking the BITE of Storying) Taking a step back to see things in a new way Rereading the text, keeping an eye out for big-picture details reminding us of the grand story of Scripture The devotion by Mark Hall (lead singer of Casting Crowns) reveals the genesis of this song - Make Room: A Devo By Mark Hall From Casting Crowns Answering the question "so what?" More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com Chords - WorshipChords.com This Week's Challenge If you have not yet taken the time to slow down and read the text of the narratives of Christmas, take time this week to read Luke 1 and 2, Matthew 1 and 2, and John 1. And if reading these texts is an exercise in repetition, reread them! While you are reading, notice the details of the accounts. After you're done reading, take a step back and see the big picture of God's story. Is there room in your heart to accept the invitation to become a part of it?

    #407: "Christmas Lights" by Love & the Outcome

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 19:22

    The symbols of Christmas have become the traditions of Christmas -- traditions like an evening drive to see grand light displays. When you hear a song like "Christmas Lights" by Love & the Outcome, allow it to point your heart toward Jesus, the Light of the World. You can't consider the Christmas story without remembering the true Light that invaded the darkness when He put on flesh and dwelled among us. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Listen to an audio version of the text Repetition Make a list Meditate on Scripture Use your imagination The 30 Day Music Challenge Seeing Jesus as the true light in John 1 Following the cross-reference to Genesis 1 Comparing and contrasting the themes we see in Genesis 1 and John 1 Seeing Jesus in Zechariah's prophecy over his son John - Luke 1:76-79 Slowing down and letting the truths of Scripture sink in as we look at Christmas lights. More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - New Release Today This Week's Challenge Read John 1 and Genesis 1. Compare and contrast the themes of light and darkness, emptiness and fullness, void and life. Meditate on what you are reading. Think about truths (or even verses) you can bring to mind each time you take in the beauty of Christmas lights this season.

    #406: "Elizabeth" by Keith and Kristyn Getty & Ellie Holcomb

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 23:40

    Many of the details of Christmas get embellished, altered, or even left out of our traditional scenes, songs, and readings. Keith and Kristyn Getty, along with Ellie Holcomb, sing a song, "Elizabeth," that inspired me to dive into the details of her life. You won't want to miss what Elizabeth's story has to teach us. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Listen to an audio version of the text Repetition Make a list Meditate on Scripture Use your imagination The 30 Day Music Challenge Having certainty concerning the things we have been taught - Luke 1:1-4 Things we learn about Elizabeth She was in the line of Aaron - Luke 1:5 She was righteous before God - Luke 1:6 She walked blamelessly in all commandments and statutes - Luke 1:6 She couldn't have children - Luke 1:7 She was advanced in years - Luke 1:7 An angel declared to her husband that she would bear a son in her old age - Luke 1:13 She stayed hidden in her pregnancy - Luke 1:24 She was related to Mary (the mother of Jesus) - Luke 1:36 She has her own beatitude/song/greeting recorded in Scripture - Luke 1:39-45 Completing a word study on the phrase "when he looked on me" - BibleHub.com How Elizabeth stayed hidden, holy, and whole in God's favor Elizabeth's greeting to Mary and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth's thoughts on this - Amazon Paid Link to "The First Songs of Christmas: A 31-Day Advent Devotional: Meditations on Luke 1 & 2" by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - New Release Today Illuminated Scripture Journal - Amazon Paid Link This Week's Challenge Read and listen to Luke 1 and 2 on repeat. Let the details of the accounts seep into your soul, repainting the pictures you may have framed and set on the mantel of your mind based on Christmas tradition rather than the specifics of Scripture itself. Focus on Elizabeth and meditate on what you can learn from her life and her responses recorded for us.

    #405: "We Need Emmanuel" by Brandon Heath

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 21:52

    We have felt needs and "real" needs. God cares about them both, but He prioritizes real needs. Brandon Heath sings about both in his song, "We Need Emmanuel." Our real need stems from our separation from God, but our felt needs are addressed through His ongoing presence in our lives. Join me as we see why the fulfillment of the prophecy promising "God with us" was necessary. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Follow the cross-references Read and keep on reading Read in context The 30 Day Music Challenge How we are eternally separated from God because of sin - Galatians 3:19 Obeying ALL of God's laws is impossible and can't save us - Romans 3:20 How we're under a curse - Galatians 3:10 How Jesus is THE offspring - Galatians 3:16 Moses as the intermediary between God and the people - Galatians 3:19 Following the cross-references to understand the phrase "put in place through angels" Deuteronomy 33:2 Acts 7:53 Hebrews 2:2 Understanding the role of Jesus in the Trinity - Galatians 3:20 Christ's name Emmanuel meaning God with us - Matthew 1:18-25 How the law was never intended to be the solution, but a guardian - Galatians 3:19-29 Answering the question "We see why we need God with us, but why then?" - Galatians 4:4 The role of the Holy Spirit in our lives as "God with us" We receive new birth through the Holy Spirit - John 3:5-8 Jesus calls Him the helper - John 14:26 He intercedes for us and helps us to pray - Romans 8:26-27 The Holy Spirit regenerates and renews the believer - Titus 3:5 He guards and guarantees the believer's salvation - Ephesians 1:13, 4:30 The Spirit baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ, a place where we find community and unity of purpose and thought - Romans 6:3 The Spirit gives gifts to benefit and build up our faith and the faith of the body of Christ - 1 Corinthians 12:4 The Holy Spirit gives believers wisdom by which we can understand God. 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com "What Does the Holy Spirit Do?" - GotQuestions.org Article My favorite study Bible, and the one I used to track down the cross-references on this episode - Amazon Paid Link This Week's Challenge The two main areas of Scripture to dive into this week are Matthew 1 and Galatians 3. Of course, feel free to read and keep on reading any and every time you engage with Scripture. Consider why God sent His Son to be "God with us." Let Galatians 3 begin to help you understand the progression of things from sin, to law, to Redeemer, to adoption as sons of God. Because we really do need Emmanuel, not just to intervene in our current circumstances, but to rescue us for all eternity.

    #404: "Rejoice" by Andrew Ripp

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 21:18

    Is there room for rejoicing in the midst of fear? Charles Spurgeon writes, "Fear, without joy, is torment; and joy, without holy fear, would be presumption." Using Andrew Ripp's song "Rejoice" we explore a variety of responses (one of which is rejoicing) to the miracle of our risen Savior. Come with me to an open tomb with a lightning-bright angel perched atop a stone. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Make a list Slow down Remember the people described in the Bible were REAL The 30 Day Music Challenge A quote from Andrew Ripp about the genesis of this song - KLove Article Our inspiration verse - Psalm 2:11 How our inspiration verse brings together weeks of Bible study Episode 398 - talking about awe and wonder Episode 403 - talking about trembling before the Lord This week - talking about rejoicing with trembling Charles Spurgeon reminding us that, "There must ever be a holy fear mixed with the Christian's joy." - "The Treasury of David: Charles Spurgeon Commentary on Psalms" Amazon Paid Link Moving to Matthew 28 where we see rejoicing AND trembling Setting the stage with a GREAT earthquake - Matthew 28:1-3 Making a list of responses to Christ's resurrection How I tend to put myself in the column of "appropriate" responses when I may just find myself in one that should lead to my repentance More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com I always get the Mary's in the New Testament mixed up. Here's a great article that may help as you study Scripture - Gospel Coalition Article This Week's Challenge I've read and pondered this text for myself -- now it's your turn. Start in Psalm 2 and let it launch you to Matthew 28. Make a list of the responses you see in the text. Consider what it could look like in your life to respond to our God with rejoicing and trembling.

    #403: "Tremble" by Lauren Daigle

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 22:04

    Does the idea of trembling before the Lord inspire you or make you feel uncomfortable? Lauren Daigle's song "Tremble" inspired me to explore where people are described as trembling before the Lord. Spoiler alert: It should inspire you. Join me as we examine a couple of places in Scripture where we see why and how we should tremble before the Lord. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Explore a topic Read in context Read and keep on reading Repetition Follow the cross-reference Compare and contrast Make a list Examine the text in various translations Complete a word study The 30 Day Music Challenge Getting a Scripture starting point by typing in a keyword into BibleHub.com Understanding what the text actually says before moving to what it means before moving to what it means for me Finding the instruction to "serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling" - Psalm 2:11 Heading back to 1 Corinthians (where we were studying last week in Episode 402) - 1 Corinthians 2:3 How the Greco-Roman world of the Corinthian church placed a high value on professional orators who could persuade the audience through entertaining instruction - 1 Corinthians 1:22 How the gospel was silly to the Greeks and horrifying to the Jews - 1 Corinthians 1:23 Looking at the founding of the Corinthian church in Acts 18 Paul's chosen preaching approach in Corinth - 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Comparing and contrasting what the audience expected with what Paul delivered and why Paul's fear and trembling were not a tactic; instead, they were a reflection of his deep-seated understanding of how weak and small he really is Enjoy the official live music video of our inspiration song below. More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com ESV Study Bible - Amazon Paid Link Overview of 1 Corinthians - BibleProject.com This Week's Challenge Read and meditate on Psalm 2 and let it launch you back into 1 Corinthians. Ponder the cultural surroundings of the Corinthians. Contrast your observations with our culture today as you move into what the truths of this text might mean for you today. In your prayer time this week, set aside every thought except that of Christ and Him crucified and see how that may change the way you think. And the next time you enter into the glorious presence of God, don't boast and don't beg, just worship and tremble.

    #402: "All Together" by Mike Donehey

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 24:25

    I know sometimes it's easy to think the division of our day has never happened before. As Ecclesiastes teaches us, "There is nothing new under the sun." Mike Donehey sings about being "All Together" in his new song. I want to explore what we can learn from a church family who DIDN'T have it all together and what they were taught to overcome the division of their day. Let's explore the first letter to the church at Corinth together. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Consider the opposite Historical context Read the envelope Follow the cross-references Read and keep on reading Repetition Make a list The 30 Day Music Challenge Exploring the division revealed in the early church at Corinth Discovering the historical context of the city of Corinth as a cosmopolitan city made up of people from all over the empire brining their worldviews and practices with them into their new Christian faith Recognizing that we long for a church family where we are accepted while simultaneously realizing we bring our backstories with us into our new family in Christ Paul's appeal for unity - 1 Corinthians 1:10 The Corinthian church's tendency to follow their favorite dynamic leader over Christ - 1 Corinthians 1:11-16 How the gospel is the main thing - 1 Corinthians 1:17 How glorifying the preacher or the preaching can "empty the cross of its power" - 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Being united around the gospel and united in love - 1 Corinthians 13 More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com The story behind the song "All Together" by Mike Donehey - Kevin Davis Article NewReleaseToday.com "How to Read the Bible Book by Book" by Fee and Stuart - Amazon Paid Link Overview of 1 Corinthians - BibleProject.com This Week's Challenge Read 1 Corinthians for yourself. Take in some of the backstory by reading Acts 18. Gain knowledge not immediately available in the text by consulting an introduction in your study Bible, in an online study Bible, or a book like the one I talked about. Interact with the Bible by making lists of ways the church was divided. Seriously consider if any of the big ideas represented in your list is evident in your life or church. If so, repent of these ways and refocus around the truth and power of the gospel.    

    #401: "RATTLE!" by Elevation Worship

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 22:43

    When an obscure passage is brought to light in the lyrics of a song, it gives us an excellent reason to engage in areas of Scripture we may have overlooked for a while. Elevation Worship's song "RATTLE!" refers to the bones of a prophet whose life is worth exploring. Join me in looking into the life and miracles of the prophet Elisha inspired by our song this week. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Explore a topic Read in context Read and keep on reading Meditate Remember the people described in the Bible were REAL Prayer The 30 Day Music Challenge The obscure story about a man coming to life after being tossed onto Elisha's bones - 2 Kings 13:20-21 Yearning for what is unseen, not what is unspoken, as we wrestle with the holy text of Scripture Struggling with the question, "What am I supposed to do with this?" Reading about the beginning of Elisha's personal ministry - 2 Kings 2:9-12 Watching the waters of the Jordan part for the third time in recorded Biblical history - 2 Kings 2:19-22 The frustration I felt while reading the accounts of Elisha and his ministry Wondering what to do with accounts like the one in 2 Kings 2:23-25 The reminder in James that Elisha (thought a mighty prophet of renown) was just like us (had a human nature) - James 5:17 Praying for the wisdom of God as I wrestle with the text What a "type" in Scripture is and my previous discussion in Episode 378 The shallows and depths of Scripture Parallels between Elisha and Jesus - Ligonier.org Article Both Elisha and Jesus receive the Spirit on the other side of the Jordan More disciples surround both Elisha and Jesus than their predecessors Both Elisha and Jesus cleanse lepers Both Elisha and Jesus are itinerant miracle workers Both Elisha and Jesus reverse death by raising dead sons and restoring them to their mothers Both men had a covetous disciple Both Jesus and Elisha end their lives in a life-giving tomb from which people flee Parallels between Elisha and us as disciples More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com Is "RATTLE!" by Elevation Worship Biblical? - The Berean Test Review A list of miracles performed by Elijah and Elisha - Berean Christian Bible Study Resources What is Biblical typology? - GotQuestions.org Article Considering Elisha as a type of Christ - Ligonier.org Article The Week's Challenge Read the details of the life and ministry of Elisha for yourself in 2 Kings. You can hop back to 1 Kings 19 to read about when Elisha was called to follow the prophet, Elijah. Pray and ask God to show you things previously unseen to you in these Scriptures. Meditate on the details of the stories. Feel free to read and keep on reading sections of Scripture you may never have read before.

    #400: "In Christ Alone" by Keith & Kristyn Getty feat. Alison Krauss

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 27:28

    Our God is a God who celebrates milestones. This week is a significant milestone for the podcast, and the song "In Christ Alone" celebrates an anniversary, too! Let's celebrate by digging into God's Word! When was the last time you let your curiosity lead you down a path that led to greater insight? Let's explore Scripture together. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Explore a topic Consult an outside resource Follow the cross-references Define words The 30 Day Music Challenge 400 episodes - we've gone from 1 in 86,000 podcast in 2014 to 1 in 2,000,000 in 2021 A little controversy around this song - Al Mohler's The Briefing - Part Three Considering the theology behind God's wrath being satisfied Being discerning in what we take into our lives as truth The various perspectives Scripture speaks about the cross of Christ Wrestling through the uncomfortable ideas in Scripture - John 3:36 How we think about anger Following the cross-reference to John 3:16-21 God's wrath is shown by honoring people's choices -- allowing their inevitable destruction - Romans 1:18-25 This idea -- "God is not content to let people sit in their own self destruction in the Bible -- God is on a mission to rescue." - Bible Project Video How we are saved from God's wrath through Christ - Romans 5:9 How the consequences for our sins was "satisfied" by the death of Christ - 1 John 4:10 Propitiation and expiation - Ligonier.org Article An opposing view - Ian Paul Blog Post How God will absorb the consequences for our sin if we will stop rejecting Him Additional Resources Lyrics - StuartTownend.co.uk Chords and links to the story behind the song (Passion's version) - WorshipTogether.com What is Propitiation? - GotQuestions.org Article In depth study on God being slow to anger - BibleProject.com 20 Year's Later - In Christ Alone Still Inspires Millions to Sing - Religionnews.com Article The Wrath of God Was Satisfied - DesiringGod.org Article One of my favorite trusted outside resources - the ESV Study Bible - Paid Amazon Link The Week's Challenge There are three areas of Scripture you can sit in this week. Meditate on John 3 and all that it teaches. Slip over to Romans 1 and see how the wrath of God is displayed as handing people over to the consequences of their own decisions. Explore the fine points of the Day of Atonement prescribed in Leviticus 16. And, finally, delve into what Scripture has to say about Christ's propitiation in 1 John. And if I've piqued your interest at all, consider hopping over to the show notes and exploring some of the links I used to prepare for this week.

    #399: "Woman At The Well" by Olivia Lane

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 26:35

    God calls us into His story through Christ. But before we place ourselves in the middle of His story, we need to remember the Bible is God's grand story of redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ. Olivia Lane's new song "Woman At The Well" inspires us to explore a story in John 4 afresh. Join me as we study this story in context and learn more about Jesus. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Read and keep on reading Remember the people described in Scripture were real Repetition Start with God Compare and contrast Consult an outside resource The 30 Day Music Challenge Exploring Scripture in the "right" order Reading the accounts leading up to our feature account and after - John 3-5 Recognizing that all Scripture is beneficial for our application - 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Recognizing that FIRST Scripture is about Jesus - John 5:37-40 The timing of Christ - John 4:1-3; Proverbs 15:23 Jesus preparing His disciples - John 4:2; Matthew 28:18-20 The divine appointment between Jesus and the woman at the well - John 4:4-6 The humanity of Christ - John 4:6 The deity of Christ - John 4:16-18 The woman moving from sarcasm to intrigue to proclamation Comparing and contrasting Christ's encounter with Nicodemus in John 3 to His encounter with the woman at the well in John 4 Recognizing that regardless of who we are, the thing of most significant concern to Jesus is eternal life in Him The joy of experiencing Jesus for yourself - John 4:42 More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - Ultimate-Guitar.com Story Behind the Song "Woman At The Well" by Olivia Lane - BellesandGals.com Article CSB Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible - Amazon Paid Link This Week's Challenge Don't settle for a skimmed-over recap of this encounter between Jesus and the woman at the well. Start in John 3 and read through John 5 and then focus on John 4:1-42. Start with what you can learn about Jesus through uncovering His character, conduct, and concerns -- what He is like, what He says, what He does, and what He seems to value most. After you've started with Jesus, then you can compare yourself to the woman (or even Nicodemus from the previous chapter) and see how Jesus responds to you, too.

    #398: "I Stand In Awe" by Chris Tomlin and Nicole Serrano

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 21:20

    I miss the wonders of God all the time. I tend to be so self-involved that I fail to look up and behold the majesty of the One who loves me so much He redeemed me. "I Stand In Awe" by Christ Tomlin and Nicole Serrano inspires me to consider God in all his glory and discover more about Him in Scripture. We're back in Psalm 33 this week to examine our response to the character and conduct of God. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Start with God Define words Consider the opposite Repetition Observe interesting phrases/words Study in various translations The 30 Day Music Challenge Today's partner episode - listen to Episode 397 first Our inspiration verse for this week - Psalm 33:8 What it is to fear the Lord G.K. Chesterton's quote, "The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder." - "Tremendous Trifles" by G.K. Chesterton Defining wonder and considering the opposite J.I. Packer's quote, "You don't get awe until you've begun to cultivate the sense that God is very great and you are very small." - YouTube Interview Exploring the action words in Psalm 33 that reflect our appropriate response to God Observing the interesting word "fitting" in Psalm 33:1 The opposite of praise Waiting for the Lord - Psalm 33:20 Changing the attitude of our heart to look up in wonder More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - WorshipTogether.com "Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do" by Paul David Tripp - Amazon Paid Link This Week's Challenge Keep reading Psalm 33. Read it repetitively and in different translations. With a list of God's characteristics and conduct at your fingertips from last week, consider your appropriate response. Cultivate a sense that God is very great and you are very small. Stand in awe of our great God.

    #397: "I Will Trust My Saviour Jesus" by City Alight

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 19:53

    Trust is not always an easy thing to do. Sometimes we wrongly assign character to someone because of the actions of another. It would be a shame to assign character to God based on our interactions with people. In their song, "I Will Trust My Saviour Jesus," City Alight reminds us of many reasons we can and should trust Him. The psalms teach us much about the trustworthy nature of our God as well. Join me as we explore Psalm 33 together. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Explore a topic Consult an outside resource Make a list The 30 Day Music Challenge The live conversation I had with Joel Arcieri and Vince Wright - YouTube Recording Exploring a new topic in an area of Scripture you have been sitting in How Scripture is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12) AND we are constantly growing in maturity and perspective Being willing to dig for insight like treasure - Proverbs 2:3-4 Psalm 33 beginning and ending with trusting God - Psalm 33:4, Psalm 33:21 How we can trust everything God does - Psalm 33:1-5 Exploring the activities of God recorded by the psalmist in Psalm 33 How we can trust what God does because He is our creator and designer and His creation is good Consulting an outside resource - Reformation Study Bible The joy and inheritance for the people of God God as all-knowing How we often trust external things that don't have the power to save completely like God does Trusting in the name (and thus the character) of God as revealed in Scripture Enjoy the official live performance below. More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - CityAlight.com This Week's Challenge Spend some time in Psalm 33 this week. Maybe listen to an audio version of it every morning and then choose a day to interact with the text. Consider what the psalm teaches us about the actions of God and the character of God. Ponder why His actions and character should cause you to place your trust in Him. And in the words of Apostle Paul in Romans 15:3, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

    #396: "He Is Yahweh" by Blake Reynolds

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 22:34

    The names of God teach us about His character. When we get to know His names, we get to know Him. Using "He Is Yahweh," as sung by Blake Reynolds to inspire us to explore Scripture, we uncover wonderful truths. Join me as we explore the first mention of Yahweh in Scripture and much more. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Consult an outside resource Complete a word study Start with God Mark up the text Consider the opposite The 30 Day Music Challenge "The Names of God: His Character Revealed" by Melissa Spoelstra - Amazon Link The first mention of the name Yahweh - Genesis 2:4 The difference between the names Elohim and Yahweh Discovering our God is a personal God How Yahweh is God and there is no other - Deuteronomy 4:32-35 Yahweh is God's eternal name - Exodus 3:13-15 Noticing that the serpent only uses one name for God when the text uses two - Genesis 3:1-19 How Yahweh is three in one What the Trinity is NOT Verses that reflect the trinity Deuteronomy 6:4 John 1:1-3 John 10:30 Matthew 28:16-20 Enjoy the official audio below. https://youtu.be/CaHtwF38VBQ More Than a Song Playlist Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com Chords - WorshipChords.com "The Upbeat Podcast" hosted by Blake Reynolds - Spotify Link "The Names of God: His Character Revealed" by Melissa Spoelstra - Amazon Link This Week's Challenge Read Genesis 1-3, keeping an eye on the names of God (Elohim and Yahweh) as they are revealed in time in the text. Consider how you may have elevated one name or characteristic of God over another in a way that has actually diminished Who He really is. Recognize that though you may never have really questioned the doctrine of the Trinity before, it is a foundational belief that cannot be overlooked.

    #395: "Thank You Lord" by Chris Tomlin feat. Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 24:35

    It is a good habit to keep your "thankful antenna" up. Who are you thankful for? What are you grateful for? Chris Tomlin's song "Thank You Lord" reminds us to be thankful for the simple things and the special people in our lives. Many of Paul's letters begin with a heart of gratitude for his readers. Let's explore them together. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Explore a topic Mark up the text Start with God Make a list Complete a word study Compare and contrast The 30 Day Music Challenge New Testament letters that have a "thankful" introduction Romans 1:8-15 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 Philippians 1:3-11 Colossians 1:3-14 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 2 Timothy 1:3-18 Philemon verses 4-7 An example of my highlights, lists, and notes - PDF Example Starting with God Recognizing that Paul's concerns should be ours as well Making a list of God's attributes, what Paul is thankful for, and Paul's concerns Completing a word study on "obligation" from Romans 1:14 - BibleHub.com How Paul's concerns become his prayers for the people he's thankful for Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - WorshipTogether.com The story behind writing the song "Thank You Lord" - EverythingNash.com Article ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal: New Testament- Amazon Link This Week's Challenge Choose one, or all, of the letters from Paul to meditate on who and what he was thankful for. Start with God as your habit for engaging Scripture. Identify what Paul was grateful for. Look closely at his prayers and concerns. If you engage in several letters, use the Bible Interaction Tool Exercise (BITE) of "compare and contrast" to see if you can see themes or identify specifics for that audience.

    #394: "When You Speak" by Jeremy Camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 22:25

    There is an account in the Bible of Jesus speaking to the wind and waves and calming them down. This idea often makes its way into our prayers and songs -- not unlike Jeremy Camp's song, "When You Speak." I think it deserves a deep look from us to see what we can learn from ALL of the words Jesus speaks in this scene. Join me in the Gospel of Mark, in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Meditating on Scripture Completing a word study Defining words Reading Scripture out loud Imagining the scene Reading in context The 30 Day Music Challenge The Father initiates the plan of salvation, the Son accomplishes the plan of redemption, and the Spirit applies what has been initiated and accomplished Seeking the face of God before we seek His hand Studying the actual Word of God to more easily identify its counterfeit - James 1:25, Joshua 1:7-9 Completing a word study on the word meditate as found in Joshua 1:8 - BibleHub.com Looking up words related to meditate such as soliloquize, muse, and ruminate Our focus verses found in Mark 4:35-41 Imagining the scene in the context of the whole Examining the words of Jesus vs. the words of the disciples The words of Douglas O'Donnell, "Jesus is...addressing...their "excessive fear"...Fear that doesn't acknowledge who's onboard the boat." - "Matthew: All Authority in Heaven and on Earth (Preaching the Word)" by Douglas O'Donnell Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleasseToday.com Story Behind the Song "When You Speak" - NewReleaseToday Article Fascinating articles on counterfeit detection and the spiritual parallels - Challies.com Article Part One and Part Two This Week's Challenge Read our focus passage in Mark 4 in the context of Mark 3-5. When you focus on Mark 4:35-41, be sure to make some observations and make time to meditate on the text. Let it roll around in your mind a bit. Ponder the text. Talk to yourself about it. Chew on it over and over again. There is much more to see here. I hope I've inspired you to spend some time here for yourself. And remember, when God speaks, the wind and the waves bow to His will.

    #393: "Fear No More" by Building 429 [Encore]

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 21:01

    What kinds of choices do you make in the face of fear? Building 429's song "Fear No More" is an anthem born out of a personal time when fear led the songwriters to seek God. There's a king in Scripture who faced fear more than once. His story gives us two separate examples of choices and two distinct responses from God. Let's explore the life and choices of King Asa this week. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Pray Read in context Using section titles to get your bearings Remember that the people described in the Bible were REAL Meditating on Scripture The 30 Day Music Challenge Praying for God to give the desire to read Scripture Praying for God to help you understand what you're reading Praying for God to reveal truth to you as you read Reading the end of King Asa's story in 2 Chronicles 16 Seeing that "the end justified the means" in the mind of King Asa - 2 Chronicles 16:1-6 God's rebuke of King Asa's choice in the face of fear - 2 Chronicles 16:7-9 Giving yourself a chance to get familiar enough with Scripture that it begins to "all fall into place" Meditating on the details of the story Considering Asa's response - 2 Chronicles 16:10-14 How Asa started off right, but ended badly Examining our choices when we feel powerless Examining God's response to Asa the first time he felt powerless and overwhelmed by his circumstances - 2 Chronicles 15:1-8 Additional Resources Lyrics - Klove Story Behind The Song "Fear No More" - YouTube Video Story Behind the Song "Fear No More" - New Release Today Article This Week's Challenge I know I started in 2 Chronicles 16 this week, but I want you to read chapters 14-16 for yourself. There's so much more there that we didn't cover. I didn't start "at the beginning" because I wanted to show you how easy it is to jump in the middle and not get the big picture when you don't engage in the whole. It's not a waste, but it's so much richer (and more effective) to do the study work. And don't forget to PRAY. God wants to meet you in His Word!

    #392: "Look What You've Done" by Tasha Layton

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 22:49

    Did you know God has a tone of voice? When He speaks to us, He comforts, encourages, or convicts with kindness. He offers the perfect balance of truth and grace. So if the voice inside your head has an accusing tone, then it's not from your heavenly Father. This is what Tasha Layton sings about in her song "Look What You've Done," and it's what we discover in Scripture as well. Let's compare and contrast the voice of evil and righteousness together this week. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Compare and contrast Make a list The 30 Day Music Challenge Accusations and agreements The Place We Find Ourselves Podcast - Episode 42: Accusation & Episode 43: Agreements How satan is an accuser and a deceiver - Revelation 12:9-10 How satan is the "father of lies" - John 8:43-44 How satan seeks to devour us - 1 Peter 5:8 How satan as a strategy and sets traps - 1 Timothy 3:7 One of satan's strategies -- to accuse you of sin and bring condemnation on you to the point that you make an agreement to walk in the accusation rather than the truth and freedom of Christ How satan is our accuser, but God is our judge and has canceled the record of debt that stood against us - Colossians 2:13-15 Paying attention to the tone - evil's accusations are unkind and harsh, but God's confrontations never lack kindness How the accuser wants to deceive you into forming agreements with his accusations How spending time in God's Word is part of His freedom plan Psalm 52 and how it relates to our discussion about agreeing with evil rather than trusting in the steadfast love of God Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com Chords - Ultimate Guitar Tabs Behind the song "Look What You've Done" with Kevin Davis -New Release Today Article This Week's Challenge Read and meditate on Psalm 52 this week. Follow the cross-reference to 1 Samuel 21-22 to familiarize yourself with the story that inspired David's song in the first place. It's not a pretty story, but our very real enemy plays dirty, too. Check out this week's show notes above for links to the podcast episodes I talk about that highlight the accuser, the agreements we make with his accusations, and how to find freedom.  

    #391: "Help Is On The Way (Maybe Midnight)" by TobyMac

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 22:31

    Throughout the ages, people have scoffed at God and His ways. Some claim He isn't powerful enough, or close enough, or real enough. These scoffers think they have it all figured out and don't believe that Jesus is relevant, much less coming back. TobyMac's song "Help Is On The Way" inspired me to sit in a letter from Peter. I think you'll see a lot of similarities between scoffers in Peter's day and our own. Join me as we explore Scripture to gain perspective and marching orders as we continue to await God's perfect plan for the future. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Read repetitively Listen to an audio version of the text Follow the cross-references The 30 Day Music Challenge The Lord is not late and he stands by what He claims - 2 Peter 3:8 Using BITEs to create habits of consistency in your Bible time - download a free resource as a guide to help you this week How developing habits OVER TIME will produce spiritual health An overview of 2 Peter - Bible Project What the scoffers INSIDE THE CHURCH in Peter's day were claiming You made this up There won't be any consequences Jesus isn't coming back How the Old Testament is relevant for pointing to New Testament realities - 2 Peter 3:1-3 Following the cross-reference about Christ's return to a parable - 2 Peter 3:4 and Matthew 25:1-13 Recognizing the power of God's Word - 2 Peter 3:5-7 Following the cross-reference to a psalm of Moses - 2 Peter 3:8-9 and Psalm 90 How God isn't slow, He's patient - 2 Peter 3:9 How we should live in light of God's patient, but imminent return - 2 Peter 3:14-15 and 2 Peter 3:17-18 Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - EssentialWorship.com Story behind the song - KLove.com This Week's Challenge Spend some time 2 Peter this week. If you want a guide to walk you through this letter, go to michellenezat.com/391download, and I'll send you suggestions for 7 days of interacting with 2 Peter. Build consistency in your time in God's Word. And remember, don't lose your balance. The patience of the Lord should bring you peace and stability as you continue to grow in the knowledge and grace of Jesus.

    #390: "Glory, Honor, Power" by Influence Music

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 22:56

    There is a magical and terrifying place described in Scripture. It is the throne room of heaven where fantastical creatures proclaim the holiness of God, and crowned elders fall at His feet in worship. Influence Music's song "Glory, Honor, Power" brings us through the door of heaven with Jesus and John. May we leave changed. Let's take an unforgettable trip to the throne room of God in Revelation 4. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Listen to epic music while reading/studying Scripture Meditate on Scripture Slow down Use your imagination Consult an outside resource Consider the opposite The 30 Day Music Challenge Another episode where we discuss Revelation 4 - Episode 369 Imagining each detail of the throne room What jasper and carnelian look like as mentioned in Revelation 4:3 A quick reference to the 5 heavenly crowns mentioned in the New Testament - GotQuestions.org Article What the "seven torches which are the seven spirits of God" might mean - GotQuestions.org Article How the only reason we exist is that it was God's will to create us Considering the opposite of glory, honor, and power Looking at the word picture of the potter and the clay in Jeremiah 18:1-12 Recognizing that we could never adore a God that isn't worthy of all glory, honor, and power Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - WorshipTogether.com Influence Music Artist Profile - NewReleaseToday.com This Week's Challenge Spend some time in Revelation chapter 4. Go slow. Imagine the scene. It is a dramatic scene, so I don't think you can "overdo it" in your conceptualization. Once you really have the throne room and what is going on there firmly in your mind, ask God to reveal how that should change the way you think.

    #389: "My Jesus" by Anne Wilson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 21:47

    I love to talk about Jesus. There's a lot to say about Him. If we spent our entire lives plumbing the depths of Scripture, we would never come to an end. This is why I love Anne Wilson's new song, "My Jesus." She gives me a reason to talk about Him a little more. Join me this week as we explore Christ's deity and humanity. In this episode, I discuss:   Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read larger chunks of Scripture Consult outside resources Meditation Make a list Look up definitions Read in various translations Read in context The 30 Day Music Challenge How the study of Christ is known as Christology How we can't cover everything about Jesus in 20 minutes - John 21:25 How the creeds were ways to affirm core beliefs The Apostles Creed The Nicene Creed Learning to understand that Jesus is fully God and fully man A chunk of Scripture in Colossians all about Jesus - Colossians 1:15-20 Making a list of truths about Jesus found in our focus Scripture Knowing that if you've seen Jesus you've seen the Father - John 15:8-11 Understanding that Jesus was part of creation in the beginning - John 1:1-3 Meditating on the preeminence of Christ (or not) in my own life A chunk of Scripture in Philippians all about Jesus - Philippians 2:6-8 Discovering that the humanity of Christ leads to Jesus as our example - Philippians 2:3-5 Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - WorshipTogether.com Anne Wilson artist profile - NewReleaseToday.com "What is Kenosis?" - GotQuestions.org Article This Week's Challenge Spend some time in Colossians 1 and Philippians 2 this week. Make a list of what these sections of Scripture teach us about Jesus. Then take each truth one by one and meditate on them this week.  

    #388: "Joyful" by Dante Bowe

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 22:11

    While we may not be able to choose happiness, we can choose joy. We can choose joy because it's not rooted in our circumstances or feelings but rather the truth of Who God is and who we are in Him. "Joyful" by Dante Bowe is a fun, upbeat song that can remind us of that foundation of truth. Let's explore a psalm together that reminds us that this is the day the Lord has made. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Repetition Read in a variety of translations Meditate on Scripture Follow the cross-references Consult outside resources The 30 Day Music Challenge A quote from Dante Bowe - JubileeCast.com Article Getting inspired to study Psalm 118 by a Scriptural lyric in our song - Psalm 118:24 How the psalmist bookends the song with the same phrase - Psalm 118:1, Psalm 118:29 Meditating on phrases/verses that "pop out" at us Psalm 118:6 - what can man do to me? Psalm 118:8 - contrasting trust in man with trust in God Psalm 118:14 - recognizing a verse I've already studied in Exodus 15 Using this psalm as a jumping off point to explore other areas of Scripture through following the cross-references God answering out of deep distress might send us to Chronicles and Kings to learn more about King Manasseh - 2 Chronicles 33:12 Remembering God is for us in Romans 8 Learning a new song in Exodus 15 Discovering this may have been the last song Jesus sang with His disciples at the Last Supper Tools I use to identify cross-references Following the cross-references listed in our study Bibles Using an online tool like BibleHub.com A few outside resources I used in my interaction time this week New Living Translation Bible with Filament Bible App for study notes - Amazon link English Standard Version Study Bible - Amazon link The One Year Book of Psalms - Amazon link Additional Resources Lyrics - New Release Today Chords - Praise Charts This Week's Challenge Read Psalm 118 for yourself. Read it repetitively and in several translations. Choose some verses to meditate on and perhaps even commit to memory. Sit down one day and chase down a cross-reference and explore a connection you may never have seen before. And remember, this is the day the Lord has made. Don't forget to rejoice and be glad in it.

    #387: "All Things New” by Big Daddy Weave

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 22:19

    How does God do "new" things? What does it mean that He makes all things new? These are the questions I asked myself inspired by Big Daddy Weave's song, "All Things New." Join me on a discovery tour from Old to New Testaments inspired by this song. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Utilize section headings Consult an overview The 30 Day Music Challenge Rehearsing phrases in songs and not really knowing what Scripture says about them Reading Isaiah 42-44 to take in context Isaiah 43:19 where God was doing a new thing Spending time in these same chapters in Episodes 384 and 385 Consulting an overview I use the ESV Study Bible - Amazon Link I also refer to Bible Project videos - YouTube Video How the original audience of Isaiah 44:14-21 were defeated people under worldly domination The new thing God may be doing could be now, but He always has His eyes set on eternity How I need to stop resenting the way God chooses to fulfill His purposes How freedom from captivity in Isaiah 44 was considered a "new thing" by God, and our freedom from the captivity of sin is also called "new" - 2 Corinthians 5:17 God's reason for making us into a "new creation" is to give us the ministry of reconciliation - 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 Where we see the actual phrase "all things new" - Revelation 21:1-7 Keeping our eyes fixed on the "new" God has in mind - 1 John 2:17   Additional Resources Lyrics - New Release Today Chords - Praise Charts Behind The Song With Kevin Davis - New Release Today Article "What does it mean that a Christian is a new creation?" - GotQuestions.org Article "Behold, I Make All Things New" - John Piper Sermon - DesiringGod.org This Week's Challenge Let the Word of God change the way you think. Continue to spend time in Isaiah 40-55, focusing on chapter 44, where we see God doing a new thing in an unexpected way. Head over to 2 Corinthians 5 and learn all about the new bodies we'll get in eternity and how we're made into a new creation here on earth, and why. Finally, dwell on Revelation 21, taking in all the newness promised Christ-followers in eternity.

    #386: "House Of The Lord" by Phil Wickham

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 21:46

    What does Scripture say about the house of the Lord? That's what I set out to discover with Phil Wickham's new song, "House of the Lord," playing in the background. The answer weaves through the Old and New Testaments. We only scratch the surface, but let's see how much we can explore. In this episode, I discuss:   Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Explore a topic Make observations Slow down Share with a friend Follow the cross-references The 30 Day Music Challenge Phil Wickham's thoughts in the story behind the song - YouTube Video David's own joy at the thought of going to the house of the Lord - Psalm 122:1 Expressing curiosity at the thought that David implies going to the temple, but it wasn't built in his lifetime The story of David's desire to build a house for the Lord and God's response - 2 Samuel 7:1-7 A wonderful resource to explore the tabernacle and what all the pieces represent - "Made According to Pattern" by CW Slemming Learning about the first dwelling place of God among His people...a tent - Exodus 25 The presence of God filling the tent of meeting and some observations - Exodus 35:34-38 God declaring that David's son would build him a temple - 2 Samuel 7:11-16 Solomon beginning the building process in 2 Chronicles 3 The angel declaring Jesus as the fulfillment of the Davidic covenant - Luke 1:31-33 The temple as a house of prayer for all peoples - Isaiah 56:7 Comparing Jesus and His new covenant to the copy and shadow of the old covenant - Hebrews 8:1-6 Understanding that individually as believers in Christ we are the temple of the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Learning that collectively, as believers, we are the dwelling place of God as well - 1 Peter 2:4-5, Ephesians 2:19-22 Additional Resources Lyrics and chords - Essential Worship Behind The Song With Kevin Davis - New Release Today Article "Why didn't God allow David to build the temple?" - GotQuestions.org Article This Week's Challenge You have a lot of reading and observing to do this week! Head over to Exodus to read all about the tabernacle -- its design and purpose. Then read God's response to David's desire to build Him a "house" in 2 Samuel 7. You can read all about the building process of the temple beginning in 2 Chronicles 3. Explore the fulfillment of God's covenant in Christ in Hebrews 8. Finally, meditate on the truth sprinkled throughout the New Testament that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit -- both individually and collectively. We are the house of the Lord, and there's joy in the house of the Lord.    

    #385: "Who Else" by Natalie Grant

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 21:31

    I had a student director in college who was a master at asking questions to get you to think. He said he learned it from Jesus in Scripture. I guess Jesus learned it from His Father. Natalie Grant asks a question in her song "Who Else" that God rhetorically asks of Himself. Let's explore our incomparable God together in the book of Isaiah. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read in context Read and keep on reading Use your imagination Consult an outside resource The 30 Day Music Challenge How even God asks "who is like me?" - Isaiah 40:25 How God doesn't compare Himself to other "gods" when defining Himself - Exodus 3:14 How God wants the whole world to know there is no one like Him - Exodus 8:10 David's view of himself when faced with God's greatness - 2 Samuel 7:19-21 David's praise response to God's covenant with him voicing again that there is none like Him - 2 Samuel 7:22 Episode 373 and how we are made in God's image Recognizing that being made in His image and being like Him in our "being" are two different things God's communicable and incommunicable attributes and the difference between the two God establishing there is none other like Him - Isaiah 44:6-8 Moving from understanding what the text says to what it means to what it means to me Declarative statements and questions wrapped up in Isaiah 44:9-11 Using our imagination to picture the scene described in Isaiah 44:12-17 The irony of trees used in making idols being watered by rain that worthless gods cannot send - Jeremiah 14:22 Personally examining whether the "good things" in our lives have replaced a good God using Joe Carter's article at The Gospel Coalition - TGC Article Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com Chords - Praise Charts "How to Expose the Idols in Your Life" by Joe Carter - TGC Article This Week's Challenge Read Isaiah 44 for yourself. Consider starting in chapter 40 and reading through chapter 44 (and beyond if you're so inspired). Use your imagination to picture the scene depicted. Follow the logic to see how foolish idols really are. Then examine your own life to identify the idols found there. Finally, turn in deep gratitude and praise to our Creator Redeemer with a humble heart. After all, who else can compare to our God?

    #384: "Hold On To Me " by Lauren Daigle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 22:56

    What if you could have that ONE relationship where, no matter how bad you mess things up, the other One won't let go? Our Heavenly Father offers us that stability and consistency we desperately want. When Lauren Daigle sings "Hold On To Me," I think of the many times in Scripture where God promises to do just that. Let's learn more about our Father, who holds us close. In this episode, I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Consult an overview Read in context Start with God Compare and contrast Make a list Meditate on Scripture The 30 Day Music Challenge A trusted overview of Isaiah - BibleProject.com How God not only holds us, but carries us - Isaiah 40:11 How God holds us, has the power to keep us, and has our good at heart - Isaiah 41:10 Staying faithful to study God's Word no matter the stage of experience you are in Starting with God when you approach Scripture Using questions to spur on additional study or leaving them unanswered while you meditate on the parts you do understand An article on "recompense" - GotQuestions.org Correcting any wrong thinking that may say we are hidden from God's sight or that He is indifferent - Isaiah 40:27-31 Additional Resources Lyrics - NewReleaseToday.com Chords - Essential Worship The Story Behind the Song "Hold On To Me" by Lauren Daigle - YouTube Video Commentary on Isaiah - BibleStudyTools.com This Week's Challenge Read Isaiah 40 and 41 and note the characteristics, conduct, and concerns of our mighty Creator. Figure out how these chapters of Isaiah fit into the whole by watching the overview videos over at BibleProject.com. Make a list, compare and contrast, and meditate on all that God has revealed Himself to be. Then turn in trust despite your current circumstances knowing that He's holding on to you.

    #383: "Canyon " by Ellie Holcomb

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 24:54

    It is comforting to me to know that no matter the tragedy, season of pain and sorrow, and storms of my life, the Holy Spirit is a river that flows through the canyon of my life. Ellie Holcomb uses this metaphor in her song "Canyon," and I use it to inspire my exploration Scripture to discover what it has to say to us. Join me as we see the waters of life flow through Scripture and in and through our lives. In this episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Use your imagination Read in context Utilize the section headings Follow the cross-references The 30 Day Music Challenge The story behind the song "Canyon" - New Release Today Article The metaphor of your life as a canyon with major events making up the layers What we learned about water as a metaphor from last week's episode - Episode 382 Using your imagination to interact with Scripture The Holy Spirit as "rivers of living water" flowing from your heart - John 7:37-39 Using a physical Bible to aid in "picturing the words on the page" Finding out what Scripture Jesus was quoting by following the cross-reference to Isaiah 55:1 Discovering the gospel message in Isaiah 55 Repentance in Isaiah 55:6-7 God achieving His purposes through His Word - Isaiah 55:10-11 Following the cross-reference to Acts 13 Looking at the layers in the canyon of the history of the Hebrew people and seeing the river of God's presence and life running through it Additional Resources Lyrics - New Release Today Story Behind the Song "Canyon" by Ellie Holcomb - New Release Today Article Chords - Worship Together This Week's Challenge We went to three amazing places in Scripture this week. You could follow the path I took or choose to stop at lookouts along the way. Read John 7. Take the BITE of imagining the scenes described. Ponder the thought that the Holy Spirit is described as a river of life. Follow the cross-reference to Isaiah 55 and uncover the beautiful gospel message held in the text. Ride the rapids to Acts 13, where Paul describes the deep canyon of God's people and reveals that there was a river running through it the entire time.

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