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Songs I Sing, pt. 18

Psalm 145 is the last Psalm by David. Being the composer of half of the Psalms (~75/150), David’s heart had been to follow God since his youth. David didn’t have a generic view of ‘god’. This last song is from an intimate knowledge of the true LORD (Heb. yhwh, ‘self-existent, eternal’) and God. Being Creator, God is great (Heb. gâdôl, ‘exceeding large in magnitude, extent, or importance’) and His greatness is unsearchable (Heb. 'ayin chêqer, ‘unexaminable’). This greatness can’t be fully understood or explained by humans. What cannot be fully understood can still be fully appreciated! From God’s great power comes His mighty deeds in history, which should fill humans with awe and obedience (Ps. 33:8; Rev. 15:3, 4). What is great in your heart influences greatness from your hands!

40 MIN1 w ago
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Songs I Sing, pt. 18

Songs I Sing, pt. 17

Humans are built to have a loving, functional relationship with God. However, sin in the heart hinders the beginning of the relationship and the continued connection of it. Before knowing God, all people rebelliously choose their own way regardless of what God wants. Believers then, aren’t to walk (Heb. hâlak, ‘to move about’) their lives affected by someone else’s wicked (Heb. râshâ, ‘criminal’) mindset (Prov. 2:12-15). Who influences you directs your decisions, and what decisions you make directs your life (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 2:1-3). Even worse, believers shouldn’t stand (Heb. ‛âmad, ‘to remain’) with them thereby encouraging their life-choices. Worst of all, they shouldn’t ‘take a seat’ and sit (Heb. yâshab, ‘to dwell’) with those whose unbiblical ideas oppose God, thereby becoming like them (1 Cor. 15:33). Your life is shaped by family, friends, fear, or faith. Where you’re led is where you end up!

44 MIN2 w ago
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Songs I Sing, pt. 17

Songs I Sing, pt. 16

David grew up as a shepherd for his father. This was often a job for the servants, least educated, or the youngest in the family. At around 13 years old, the prophet Samuel anointed him king of Israel while Saul was already king (1 Sam. 16:11-13). Though the Spirit of God was upon him at a young age, had great character, and a lot of skill, he did not officially start to reign until he was 30 years old (2 Sam. 5:4). This over 15-year gap taught him humility, hard work, how to deal with frustration and disappointment, and patience. Patience is valuable time where you work while you wait to become what you aren’t (Ps. 37:7; Prov. 14:29; Rom. 5:3, 4; Eph. 4:2)! God’s high values of character and godliness are greater than our high values of self-assertion and success. God uses time, difficulty, and circumstance to weed out immaturity, pride, and arrogance (Lam. 3:25-33). Waiting isn’t wasted if waiting is working!

40 MIN3 w ago
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Songs I Sing, pt. 16

Songs I Sing, pt. 15

Scripture describes God as the creator and blesser of all things. God’s original intent in creation was to make a place of beauty, life, and connection (Gen. 1:31). When sin entered the world through rebellion, God’s original intent remained but the curse on sin brought death and separation (Gen. 3:17, 18). While God can’t leave sin unjudged forever, His common grace sustains good in the world (Ps. 145:9; Matt. 5:45). God’s goodness shines through the darkness of sin! For humans, transgressions (Heb. pesha, ‘revolt, rebellion, trespass’) can be forgiven (Heb. nâsâh, ‘to lift up, take away’) by repentance. Before repentance, everyone’s sins are counted and must be accounted for (Rev. 20:11-15). By God’s grace, sin is covered (Heb. kâsâh, ‘to conceal’) and isn’t counted (Heb. châshab, ‘to calculate’) against a person. Blessings come when the debt is paid!

43 MINJAN 20
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Songs I Sing, pt. 15

Songs I Sing, pt. 14

Psalm 121 is one of fifteen ‘songs of ascents’ (Ps. 120-134) Jewish pilgrims would sing on their way to festivals at Jerusalem. As it is 2500 ft. above sea level and surrounded by valleys, a traveler always goes ‘up’ to Jerusalem. It is thought as they ascended, travelers would sing these Psalms as the city came into view and the Levites would sing them as they climbed the fifteen stairs to enter the Temple area. Meaningful times call for special songs (1 Chron. 13:8; Ps. 33:3; Rev. 5:9, 10)! As most roads followed the valleys, travelers would fear who or what was hiding at the top of hills or in caves (Ps. 23:4). Singers of this Psalm were reminded the LORD (Heb. yhwh, ‘self-existent, eternal One’; Ex. 3:14) made the hills, valleys, and caves, and there is nothing in them He can’t guard from. The God who made all things, can help protect from all things!

42 MINJAN 13
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Songs I Sing, pt. 14

Songs I Sing, pt. 13

The sons of Korah likely wrote their songs while King David was their shepherd and spiritual leader (1 Chron. 6:32, 33). Hundreds of years earlier, their ancestor Korah was part of a rebellion against the God-given authority of Moses. Instead of being blessed by God in their calling, Korah—with hundreds of others—were destroyed in God’s judgment on their jealousy (Num. 16:28-35). Time spent in jealousy will shorten your usefulness by God and may shorten your life altogether (Prov. 14:30; James 3:14, 15). Knowing their family history, the sons of Korah encourage humanity to humbly accept the wisdom of God from Godly men. Men of God speaking the words of God are God’s gift to mankind. Life is too short to not act on the wisdom of God (Ps. 90:12; James 4:13-15; 1 Pet. 1:24, 25)!

45 MINJAN 6
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Songs I Sing, pt. 13

Laziness & Discipline

Laziness is not the of lack desire or motivation or passion. On the contrary, laziness is a very strong motivation to serve ourselves born out of an intense desire and passion for comfort. Laziness is not the lack of a drive to do something, but is a strong drive to serve oneself. At its heart, laziness is a form of idolatry where we crave comfort because we worship ourselves instead of God. Self worship gives birth to an appetite for easiness which produces laziness. The lazy man loves and serves himself; the disciplined man loves and serves Christ.

45 MIN2019 DEC 30
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Laziness & Discipline

Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 4

Around 5 BC, Caesar Augustus decreed the whole Roman world was to be accounted for, including Israel. As Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth, they were required to register at Joseph’s ancestral town of Bethlehem, nearly 100 miles south. Mary being nine months pregnant, it was a long, grueling trip to walk or ride. Doing the will of God won’t often be in our timing or for our convenience. As all of Joseph’s relatives would be going to Bethlehem for the same reason, family who lived there would be planning to accommodate them. Given the hospitality culture of the ancient near east, it’s highly unlikely they would have had to resort to staying in an unsafe, public inn (Gr. pandocheion, ‘all-receiving, public lodging’; Luke 10:34) when relatives were local. Travelling slowly, they probably arrived after all the extended family from out of town had already settled in the house. Being that the house was full, and/or their pregnancy was viewed as ‘illegitimate’, they were given the ...

44 MIN2019 DEC 23
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Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 4

Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 3

After Jesus’ birth in a cave/lower room in a house, Joseph and Mary probably stayed at a relative’s house in Bethlehem before going back to Nazareth. When Jesus was around a year old, men called magi (Gr. magoi, ‘magician’) who specialized in studying wisdom literature, astronomy, and the magic arts, travelled from Persia, east of Israel (modern Iran/Iraq). Many Jews were taken there when Babylon conquered Judah and deported some of them in 605 BC, including Daniel, who was considered a ‘wise-man’ (Dan. 5:11). Believers should face short-term difficulty with perseverance knowing their obedience will serve a long-term good (Rom. 8:28). Through the Jews, the magi had access to Balaam’s prophecy that a ‘star’ would come out of Jacob and the time of the arrival of the Messiah (Num. 24:17; Dan. 9:24, 25). About 4 BC, they noticed an astronomical anomaly and providentially recognized it related to the birth of the Messiah of Israel. As priests and kingmakers, there was probably a...

41 MIN2019 DEC 16
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Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 3

Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 2

At just the right moment in history, God reached into the life of a young woman at Nazareth in northern Israel. Mary was not expecting to live a particularly extraordinary life. She was probably a teenager, poor, not especially attractive, lived in a rural area, and came from a family with no social influence. God never forgets the forgettable and gives purpose to the purposeless (Ps. 138:8)! Like most young women of her time, she looked forward to marrying a man she loved, start a family and please God by being the wife and mother she was called to be. God created femininity with a special concern and high value for family and relationships. Of all the gifts God gives women, humility that brings relational peace, not chaos, should be their highest value (Titus 2:3-5). Just as with Joseph, Mary agreed to sexual abstinence as part of their marital contract. As a believer, she desired to honor God and her future husband by reserving her sexual energy for him. While all cultures have d...

45 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 2

Latest Episodes

Songs I Sing, pt. 18

Psalm 145 is the last Psalm by David. Being the composer of half of the Psalms (~75/150), David’s heart had been to follow God since his youth. David didn’t have a generic view of ‘god’. This last song is from an intimate knowledge of the true LORD (Heb. yhwh, ‘self-existent, eternal’) and God. Being Creator, God is great (Heb. gâdôl, ‘exceeding large in magnitude, extent, or importance’) and His greatness is unsearchable (Heb. 'ayin chêqer, ‘unexaminable’). This greatness can’t be fully understood or explained by humans. What cannot be fully understood can still be fully appreciated! From God’s great power comes His mighty deeds in history, which should fill humans with awe and obedience (Ps. 33:8; Rev. 15:3, 4). What is great in your heart influences greatness from your hands!

40 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Songs I Sing, pt. 18

Songs I Sing, pt. 17

Humans are built to have a loving, functional relationship with God. However, sin in the heart hinders the beginning of the relationship and the continued connection of it. Before knowing God, all people rebelliously choose their own way regardless of what God wants. Believers then, aren’t to walk (Heb. hâlak, ‘to move about’) their lives affected by someone else’s wicked (Heb. râshâ, ‘criminal’) mindset (Prov. 2:12-15). Who influences you directs your decisions, and what decisions you make directs your life (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 2:1-3). Even worse, believers shouldn’t stand (Heb. ‛âmad, ‘to remain’) with them thereby encouraging their life-choices. Worst of all, they shouldn’t ‘take a seat’ and sit (Heb. yâshab, ‘to dwell’) with those whose unbiblical ideas oppose God, thereby becoming like them (1 Cor. 15:33). Your life is shaped by family, friends, fear, or faith. Where you’re led is where you end up!

44 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Songs I Sing, pt. 17

Songs I Sing, pt. 16

David grew up as a shepherd for his father. This was often a job for the servants, least educated, or the youngest in the family. At around 13 years old, the prophet Samuel anointed him king of Israel while Saul was already king (1 Sam. 16:11-13). Though the Spirit of God was upon him at a young age, had great character, and a lot of skill, he did not officially start to reign until he was 30 years old (2 Sam. 5:4). This over 15-year gap taught him humility, hard work, how to deal with frustration and disappointment, and patience. Patience is valuable time where you work while you wait to become what you aren’t (Ps. 37:7; Prov. 14:29; Rom. 5:3, 4; Eph. 4:2)! God’s high values of character and godliness are greater than our high values of self-assertion and success. God uses time, difficulty, and circumstance to weed out immaturity, pride, and arrogance (Lam. 3:25-33). Waiting isn’t wasted if waiting is working!

40 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Songs I Sing, pt. 16

Songs I Sing, pt. 15

Scripture describes God as the creator and blesser of all things. God’s original intent in creation was to make a place of beauty, life, and connection (Gen. 1:31). When sin entered the world through rebellion, God’s original intent remained but the curse on sin brought death and separation (Gen. 3:17, 18). While God can’t leave sin unjudged forever, His common grace sustains good in the world (Ps. 145:9; Matt. 5:45). God’s goodness shines through the darkness of sin! For humans, transgressions (Heb. pesha, ‘revolt, rebellion, trespass’) can be forgiven (Heb. nâsâh, ‘to lift up, take away’) by repentance. Before repentance, everyone’s sins are counted and must be accounted for (Rev. 20:11-15). By God’s grace, sin is covered (Heb. kâsâh, ‘to conceal’) and isn’t counted (Heb. châshab, ‘to calculate’) against a person. Blessings come when the debt is paid!

43 MINJAN 20
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Songs I Sing, pt. 15

Songs I Sing, pt. 14

Psalm 121 is one of fifteen ‘songs of ascents’ (Ps. 120-134) Jewish pilgrims would sing on their way to festivals at Jerusalem. As it is 2500 ft. above sea level and surrounded by valleys, a traveler always goes ‘up’ to Jerusalem. It is thought as they ascended, travelers would sing these Psalms as the city came into view and the Levites would sing them as they climbed the fifteen stairs to enter the Temple area. Meaningful times call for special songs (1 Chron. 13:8; Ps. 33:3; Rev. 5:9, 10)! As most roads followed the valleys, travelers would fear who or what was hiding at the top of hills or in caves (Ps. 23:4). Singers of this Psalm were reminded the LORD (Heb. yhwh, ‘self-existent, eternal One’; Ex. 3:14) made the hills, valleys, and caves, and there is nothing in them He can’t guard from. The God who made all things, can help protect from all things!

42 MINJAN 13
Comments
Songs I Sing, pt. 14

Songs I Sing, pt. 13

The sons of Korah likely wrote their songs while King David was their shepherd and spiritual leader (1 Chron. 6:32, 33). Hundreds of years earlier, their ancestor Korah was part of a rebellion against the God-given authority of Moses. Instead of being blessed by God in their calling, Korah—with hundreds of others—were destroyed in God’s judgment on their jealousy (Num. 16:28-35). Time spent in jealousy will shorten your usefulness by God and may shorten your life altogether (Prov. 14:30; James 3:14, 15). Knowing their family history, the sons of Korah encourage humanity to humbly accept the wisdom of God from Godly men. Men of God speaking the words of God are God’s gift to mankind. Life is too short to not act on the wisdom of God (Ps. 90:12; James 4:13-15; 1 Pet. 1:24, 25)!

45 MINJAN 6
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Songs I Sing, pt. 13

Laziness & Discipline

Laziness is not the of lack desire or motivation or passion. On the contrary, laziness is a very strong motivation to serve ourselves born out of an intense desire and passion for comfort. Laziness is not the lack of a drive to do something, but is a strong drive to serve oneself. At its heart, laziness is a form of idolatry where we crave comfort because we worship ourselves instead of God. Self worship gives birth to an appetite for easiness which produces laziness. The lazy man loves and serves himself; the disciplined man loves and serves Christ.

45 MIN2019 DEC 30
Comments
Laziness & Discipline

Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 4

Around 5 BC, Caesar Augustus decreed the whole Roman world was to be accounted for, including Israel. As Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth, they were required to register at Joseph’s ancestral town of Bethlehem, nearly 100 miles south. Mary being nine months pregnant, it was a long, grueling trip to walk or ride. Doing the will of God won’t often be in our timing or for our convenience. As all of Joseph’s relatives would be going to Bethlehem for the same reason, family who lived there would be planning to accommodate them. Given the hospitality culture of the ancient near east, it’s highly unlikely they would have had to resort to staying in an unsafe, public inn (Gr. pandocheion, ‘all-receiving, public lodging’; Luke 10:34) when relatives were local. Travelling slowly, they probably arrived after all the extended family from out of town had already settled in the house. Being that the house was full, and/or their pregnancy was viewed as ‘illegitimate’, they were given the ...

44 MIN2019 DEC 23
Comments
Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 4

Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 3

After Jesus’ birth in a cave/lower room in a house, Joseph and Mary probably stayed at a relative’s house in Bethlehem before going back to Nazareth. When Jesus was around a year old, men called magi (Gr. magoi, ‘magician’) who specialized in studying wisdom literature, astronomy, and the magic arts, travelled from Persia, east of Israel (modern Iran/Iraq). Many Jews were taken there when Babylon conquered Judah and deported some of them in 605 BC, including Daniel, who was considered a ‘wise-man’ (Dan. 5:11). Believers should face short-term difficulty with perseverance knowing their obedience will serve a long-term good (Rom. 8:28). Through the Jews, the magi had access to Balaam’s prophecy that a ‘star’ would come out of Jacob and the time of the arrival of the Messiah (Num. 24:17; Dan. 9:24, 25). About 4 BC, they noticed an astronomical anomaly and providentially recognized it related to the birth of the Messiah of Israel. As priests and kingmakers, there was probably a...

41 MIN2019 DEC 16
Comments
Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 3

Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 2

At just the right moment in history, God reached into the life of a young woman at Nazareth in northern Israel. Mary was not expecting to live a particularly extraordinary life. She was probably a teenager, poor, not especially attractive, lived in a rural area, and came from a family with no social influence. God never forgets the forgettable and gives purpose to the purposeless (Ps. 138:8)! Like most young women of her time, she looked forward to marrying a man she loved, start a family and please God by being the wife and mother she was called to be. God created femininity with a special concern and high value for family and relationships. Of all the gifts God gives women, humility that brings relational peace, not chaos, should be their highest value (Titus 2:3-5). Just as with Joseph, Mary agreed to sexual abstinence as part of their marital contract. As a believer, she desired to honor God and her future husband by reserving her sexual energy for him. While all cultures have d...

45 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 2
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