More Than a Song - Discovering the Truth of Scripture Hidden in Today's Popular Christian Music
Summary: 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.
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. Let's explore a wonderful story found in 2 Chronicles about King Asa and all of Judah going "all in."
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.
It's easy to believe that a traumatic event can be the end of your story. It often feels very much like the end. Tauren Wells' song, "God's Not Done With You," reminds us that God is not done writing your story. There are examples of this all over Scripture. Join me as we sit in a section of Scripture this week that is hard, yet hopeful.
Are you on the verge of giving up on God? You read all about how He redeems and restores, but you haven't seen it come to pass yet. Unspoken's song "Reason" reminds us that God's love underpins everything and is enough to keep us believing. I can't wait to introduce you to Sarah (the gal formerly known as Sarai). She had reason to stop believing. Let's dive into her story this week.
Don't look back. Eliminate any possibility of retreat. That's the message of For King and Country's song, "Burn the Ships," and that is the message of Paul to the Philippians. The new life set out before you and the priceless prize at the end of this race will be SO worth the risk of reducing your past to ashes. Let's explore what Paul has to say to the Philippians together.
Every somebody started out as a nobody. Inspired by Casting Crowns' song, "Nobody," I consider the early days of Samuel's life. Even though Samuel was the son of a barren woman who was dedicated to the Lord for a life of service, he still had to GROW from somewhere. Join me as we zero in on Samuel's beginning to see what we can learn from this "nobody" who eventually had two books of the God's Holy Word bear his name.
Have you ever struggled to see the big picture of the Bible? How do the individual stories, songs, poems, prophecies, and more, fit together -- and what are we to make of it? Rend Collective's song, "Rescuer (Good News)," reminds me of God's grand rescue plan. Join me for a quick fly over that may help you make connections with God's grand story in the future.
We are in dire straights. We're going down in a heap of confusion and our SOS call has been heard by a loving Father who sent His only Son to rescue us. Lauren Daigle's song "Rescue" reminds us that we are not beyond God's reach to deliver us from sin. Paul has his own SOS call recorded in his letter to the Romans. Let's head over there together.
I want the truth about God to be the soundtrack of my life. What we listen to matters and it changes the way we think. That's why I am drawn to John Mark and Sarah McMillan's song, "King Of My Heart." It calls out the characteristics of our unfathomable God, allowing me to meditate on HIM instead of ME. We will use some of the lyrics to take us on a journey through Scripture to confirm that the King of our heart is indeed GOOD.
Life's full of choices, isn't it? The funny thing is, even when we don't intentionally choose a response, we have still made a choice. Vertical Worship's song, "Yes I Will," reminds us that we can choose to bless the Lord at all times. King David made that choice, and this week we explore one of the songs he wrote to remind himself of God's faithfulness.
One of my favorite ways to understand Scripture is to consider the opposite. Whatever it IS becomes clearer for me when I think about what it's NOT. Michael Ketterer does that for us in the song, "Spirit Lead Me," when he reminds us that chasing feelings is the opposite of being led by the Spirit. I want to be led by the Spirit, but I've learned in my studies that first I must "inquire of the Lord."
Sometimes you’re in a battle, and sometimes you just feel like a weight is bearing down on you, immobilizing you. The King James Version of the Bible calls this a “spirit of heaviness.” The English Standard Version calls it a “faint spirit.” No matter the description that fits you best, our Savior has given us a great exchange. Michael W. Smith sings about it in his song, “Surrounded (Fight My Battles).” Explore Isaiah 61 with me as put on the garment of praise in exchange for the spirit of
When we were new parents we logged every aspect of our new baby's life. Some family members mocked us, but for my husband and me it gave us a feeling of control -- as if by writing it down we could influence the outcome. In his song, "I'm Gonna Let It Go," Jason Gray sings of our desire to "control" things while God is patiently waiting for us to surrender to Him. Through a quick look at the interchange between a prophet and a king, we can make some pretty profound conclusions.
no episode this week due to complications caused by Hurricane Barry! see you next week!
It's time. It's time to get a little excited about how great God really is. Strike up the band (or at least Newsboys United's song "Greatness of Our God") and turn to Psalm 150, because it's time to acknowledge the greatness of our God. Do you keep a record of the mighty works of God?