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#277: "Look Up Child" by Lauren Daigle
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More Than a Song - Discovering the Truth of Scripture Hidden in Today's Popular Christian Music
This week's episode is in tribute to my mentor's daughter. In life and in death she inspired others to lift their faces to the One Who could save them. That's why Lauren Daigle's song "Look Up Child" inspires us to explore Scripture today. Let's dive in to some key Scriptures where God's people are called to look up and live. On this episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read and keep on reading Listen to an audio version of Scripture Share with a friend Make a list Follow the cross-references Not getting discouraged when you encounter Scripture after Scripture you've never read before...don't be discouraged, be inspired! My mom's story of God's inspiration and provision - Joshua 1:8 Doing God's work and building up the church - Ephesians 4:11-12 Looking up to the Son of Man lifted up like the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness - John 3:9-12 Following the cross-reference to Numbers 21 to see the story of the bronze serpent on a pole - Numbers 21:4-9 Remembering the warning of idolizing God's provision and worshiping it rather than God - 2 Kings 18:3-4       Additional Resources Story behind the album "Look Up Child" by Lauren Daigle - YouTube Video Chords and lyrics - "Look Up Child" by Lauren Daigle - PsalmNote.com This Week's Challenge Use this episode as a catalyst to spend more thoughtful time in the Scriptures we briefly highlighted today. Study John 3 and Numbers 21, and don’t miss the danger zone we uncovered in 2 Kings 18. Let these references to “looking up” lead us to place our faith in Christ unto salvation, and continue to place our faith in His saving power for every situation we face until we meet Him face-to-face in eternity.
#275: "Resurrecting" by Elevation Worship
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More Than a Song - Discovering the Truth of Scripture Hidden in Today's Popular Christian Music
God specializes in bringing dead things back to life. From the first pages of Genesis when man walked into death through mistrust and disobedience God mapped out the plan to defeat death forever. Elevation Worship's song "Resurrecting" celebrates the resurrecting power of our resurrected Savior. Let's explore what Scripture has to say about what it looks like to come back from the dead. On this episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read and keep on reading Context Ask Questions Make Observations Study with a Friend Repetition Reading your Bible is non-negotiable. There. You've been told. You can do this. BITEs can help. There will always be those we can learn from, but starting with the base of what Scripture says is our job first Making some observations in Colossians 2:13 Zooming out to read the context of Colossians 2 Two metaphors -- buried with Christ and spiritual circumcision - Colossians 2:11 and Colossians 2:12 The now and the not yet - the spiritual life (our real life) and the physical life and when those will sync up     Additional Resources Lyrics and chords for "Resurrecting" by Elevation Worship - Essential Worship Mark's Story - "Resurrecting" by Elevation Worship - YouTube Video This Week's Challenge Read all of Paul’s letter to the Colossians (it’s only 4 chapters). Make some observations, read it with a friend, compile a couple of lists. Take note of life and death…it’s interwoven throughout this letter. Then every time you listen to this week’s song you can be reminded of your time in God’s Word.
#274: "Find You Here" by Ellie Holcomb
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More Than a Song - Discovering the Truth of Scripture Hidden in Today's Popular Christian Music
Challenges in our lives will never stop coming. Like waves that ebb and flow in strength and number, our trials and suffering come in and go out, but they never stop coming. The solution is to fix our eyes on God and the hope revealed in His Word. Ellie Holcomb's song "Find You Here" reminds us that He is in the midst of each ordeal...even the darkest ones. Peter knew he needed to prepare believers for fiery trials, too. Let's let our song lead us there this week. On this episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Read and keep on reading Explore a topic Follow the cross references The problem with contemporary western thought in regard to suffering "Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering" by Timothy Keller Episode 171 and my reference to Jen Wilkin's book "None Like Him" Ellie Holcomb's blog post about the story behind the song - www.ellieholcomb.com The pattern in 1 Peter - We suffered. Christ suffered. We suffered. Christ suffered - Hebrews 4:15 Jesus made perfect through suffering - Hebrews 2:10 God is pleased with us when we endure suffering patiently - 1 Peter 2:20 The example Christ leaves for suffering - 1 Peter 2:22-25 The cross reference to Isaiah 53:2-12     Additional Resources Lyrics and chords for "Find You Here" by Ellie Holcomb - Ultimate Guitar Story behind the song "Find You Here" by Ellie Holcomb - New Release Today Article This Week's Challenge Read 1 Peter all the way through. It may benefit you to read it through several times in several translations. Once you have a good grasp of the letter as a whole, focus in on what the letter says specifically about suffering. You may find it easiest to go through and make a list of every reference to suffering, trials, etc. If you want to follow the example of this podcast, study the example of Christ Peter gives in chapter 2. Follow the cross-reference to Isaiah 53 it will really give you perspective. Do all of this with the corrected worldview that suffering is not to be avoided at all cost (and I think we know that practically it can’t be), but that we can endure it humbly (because we are not all knowing) and with confidence (because God has promised restoration, support and strength).
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