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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 transform your way of thinking and ultimately your life.


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#294: "Dead Man Walking" by Jeremy Camp
I'm inspired by the music that is inspired by the Word. This week's song by Jeremy Camp, "Dead Man Walking," is no exception. Where does Jeremy Camp get the idea that he was a dead man walking until he was a man walking with Christ? That is what we'll explore together. Scripture actually has a lot to say about this topic. Let's explore it together. On this episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Explore a topic Compare and Contrast Make a list Read in a variety of translations Dead men walking...walking around in the flesh, but spiritually dead - Ephesians 2:1-10 Exploring Ephesians 2 some more by review Episode 278 Spending a lifetime interacting with God's Word and always discovering something new Making a list of what we were like when we were dead in our trespasses and sins according to Ephesians 2:1-10 What we are when we are made alive together Christ by God according to Ephesians 2:1-10 Exploring another of Paul's letters that discusses being dead in our trespasses - Colossians 2:6-15 What it looks like when we are walking with Christ - Colossians 2:6-15 Looking closely at exactly WHO makes us alive {spoiler has NOTHING to do with you} Jesus' own explanation around new birth/regeneration - John 3:3-8 Additional verse references around our new birth John 1:9-13 1 Peter 1:3 Ezekiel 36:26-27 John 6:65 A reminder of what it's like before our new birth - 1 Corinthians 2:14     Additional Resources Lyrics The topic of Regeneration from Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem - MP3 The outline of the topic of Regeneration from Wayne Grudem's presentation - PDF This Week's Challenge Explore Ephesians and Colossians with an eye out for evidence that we were dead men walking before God stepped in and gave us new life. Really ponder this idea that it is GOD that makes us alive in Christ. Then lift your head, your hands, and your heart in worship to our merciful God Who rescued you from the ways of this world that you may walk in newness of life.
#293: “Whole Heart" by Brandon Heath
Go all in. It looks good on a t-shirt. It looks good on a Christ-follower, too. Unfortunately, we are really good at half-way when it comes to our devotion to the Lord. I find myself going in spurts. I'm all in for awhile and then I get distracted. I'm gung-ho in one area, but not in another. Brandon Heath's song, "Whole Heart" reminds us to love God the way He wants us to...with our whole heart. There's a wonderful story found in 2 Chronicles about King Asa and all of Judah going "all in."  Will you join me in exploring it this week? On this episode I discuss: Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: Slow down (digest smaller chunks) Explore a topic Read in context (don't read part of the story...especially this week) The heart as inner man - a place where affections, will, and inclinations reside How God asks for our wholehearted love and devotion - Matthew 22:37 The combination life -- half-in and half-out God as our example of wholeheartedness - Jeremiah 32:37-41 A quote from Andrew Murray - The Two Covenants King Asa's story in 2 Chronicles 14-16 and 1 Kings 15 The peace King Asa and all of Judah enjoyed because of their wholehearted devotion to God King Asa and the people entering into a covenant to seek the LORD with all their heart and with all their soul The comparison and contrast of when King Asa relied on God and when he relied on other men How we get a new heart that can maintain wholehearted devotion. God will give it to us!   Additional Resources Link to get Brandon's Whole Heart Devotional Series emailed to you! - Brandon Heath's Website Lyrics This Week's Challenge Read all about King Asa in 2 Chronicles 14-16. Read the entire story and compare and contrast the wholeheartedness and divided hearts of the king and his people and consider the results of each. Seek the Lord with your whole heart and thank Him for the good that He freely pours out with His whole heart.
#292: "Fear No More" by Building 429
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 that was faced with 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.     On 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 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!
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