Exiled from his homeland as a teen, forced to serve a foreign king, living in a land of pagans and idols. Daniel stays true to his faith while faithfully serving and excelling in his vocation. Daniel in the lions den is a “classic” Sunday school bible lesson, we can still see the felt board story unfold. But beneath all that felt and smiling, happy lions is a rich and challenging story. How would you respond in Daniels situation?
A wee little man was he, climbed a sycamore tree to see what he could see. The story of Zacchaeus is one that tends to remain in the world of “sunday school story”. It’s got a cute song, and some comedic flair with the stature of the small chief tax collector. But the interaction between Zacchaeus and Jesus is profound and deep. It can challenges us not only to check our priorities, but to also reflect on our, and t he churches reaction to broken an lost people; like Zaccaeus in our lives.
We’re headed back to Sunday School! The book of Jonah is often taught in Sunday School class rooms with a lot of focus placed on the whale. But what are we missing? Though it’s a short book in the bible, Jonah is a very deep piece of scripture. We’ll dive into the themes, the mind of Jonah, and some history behind the story. Turns out its way more than a story about some dude that stays in a fish for three days…
We’re going old school (kind of). We’ve come a long way since the contemporary revival of the 70’s and 80’s. To close out our series “That’s My Jam” we’re taking a look at the Matt Redmond Song “The Heart Of Worship”. Worship isn’t about us, even though we can often treat it that way. Sometimes it can morph into a consumer experience, instead of being what God wants it to be. The Heart Of Worship challenges us to check our heart and our priorities when we come to God in worship.
How do we respond to brokenness and dust in our lives? God promises to take our brokenness and make us whole, which is what the Song “Beautiful Things” explores. When we findouselves in a place darkness and brokenness, God’s promises restoration and healing. We explore the lyrics and background of this song and talk about our own experiences of seeing God make beautiful things from our dust.
Part one of back to back Connor picks! Tenth Avenue North heavily influenced both Shawn and Connor when they first began listening to contemporary Christian music. By Your Side is a song for people who feel like “mess ups”, and like they might not be enough. It’s sung from the perspective of Jesus to speak truth and life into our lives.
God loved us even when we were still sinners. Even when we considered him our enemy, he loved us. You Loved Me Anyway, written by Sidewalk Prophets explores God’s amazing, undeserving love for us. Some may not want to turn to God because they feel the need to “clean themselves us first”, or that “God can’t love me after the things I’ve done.” But as this song expresses not only does God love us at our very worst, there is simply nothing we can do that can separate his love from us.
Today we’re discussing a song that has shot up the Christian song charts since it’s Debut. Reckless Love, written by Cory Asbury is a powerful song of the lengths God is willing to go to show his love for mankind. There has been some kickback as to weather the word “reckless” should be used to describe anything about God, and some congregations will not play the song in worship services.
This week we’re continuing or discussion of our favorite Christian songs with Connor’s first pick of the series. Jon Foreman is the lead singer of the band Switchfoot and also does his own solo work. Jon wrote a song called “Your Love Is Strong” on an EP called “Spring”. We discuss what the song means to us, how scripture speaks through it and some of our insights of the lyrics.
We’re starting a new series! We love music, and it plays such a vital role in our worship and lives that we felt compelled to share our favorite worship and Christian songs with you. This episode we’ll be discussing All Sons and Daughters song “All The Poor And Powerless”.