Morning Meditations

By Nathan Cook

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These meditations are 5-10 minute segments to help focus on what God might want for us in the new day!

Episode Date
July 19- Meditating on God's Law
637

In Psalm 109, we are reminded that in meditating on the law of God the psalmist finds real life. We are challenged to meditate on God's law so that we can live in life-giving ways!

Jul 19, 2019
July 18- Remembering the God Who Brought Us Here
521

In this reading from Deuteronomy, the nation of Israel is reminded to Love the LORD with all their hearts and to love the widow, orphan and stranger in their midst. The reminder is that their very existence comes from God and so they should treat people graciously- the way God has treated them!

Jul 18, 2019
July 17- Ready to Listen and Obey
503
Today we look at the parable of the rich man and Lazarus and we learn that today we have the opportunity to hear God and to obey in tangible ways!
Jul 17, 2019
July 16- Becoming Wise and Gracious in Our Interactions with Others
469
In this reading from Colossians, we hear the admonition of Paul for the church to make the most of its interactions with those outside the faith.
Jul 16, 2019
July 15- You Are Going to Die... And That's Good News
472

In this reading from Ecclesiastes, we learn that if we can fight our culture's obsessive denial of death, we might just find life on the other side.

Jul 15, 2019
July 14- Praying For Leaders and Praying in Unity
408

In this reading from 1 Timothy, we learn that we are called to pray for our leaders, and that when we pray together we should be unified. This echoes the teaching of Jesus in the sermon on the Mount.

Jul 15, 2019
July 13- The Sacrifice and High Priest
472

In this reading from Hebrews, we learn that Jesus is interceding for us. We also see that Jesus' High Priesthood is not based on bloodline, but on his obedience to God. In this obedience, Jesus becomes both sacrifice and high priest.

Jul 15, 2019
July 12- Nothing Can Separate Us
482
In this meditation, we learn that God has predestined us to be conformed into the image of Christ and that nothing can separate us from the love of God. It might be just our unwillingness to receive God’s love that keeps us from everything God wants for us!
Jul 12, 2019
July 11- The Will of God Simplified
513
In this reading from 1 Thessalonians 5, we learn some simple ways to live in God’s will for us!
Jul 11, 2019
July 10- Confessing Our Corporate Sins
503

In Psalm 106, we learn the practice of confessing our corporate sins before God and trusting that God is merciful and that God's love brings transformation in our lives as we confess our sins to our Creator.

Jul 10, 2019
July 9- Trusting God and Praying Responsibly
512
In this reading from 1 Samuel, we learn that we are called to both trust God to be our Lord and take responsibility to pray for those within our charge.
Jul 09, 2019
July 8- Learning Intercession From Moses
430
In this episode, we see Moses pleading Israel’s case before God and we learn that we too can intercede for friends and family before the Lord.
Jul 08, 2019
July 7- Praying in our Brokenness
453
In this reading from 1 John, we are called to pray for our brothers and sisters who fall into sin, being reassured that we are children of God! We learn to pray for one another in our brokenness.
Jul 08, 2019
July 6th- Asking in JESUS Name
418
In this reading from John 14, we are assured that we have whatever we ask when we ask in Jesus’ name.
Jul 08, 2019
July 5- Pleading for Sodom
413

In this meditation, we learn from Abraham to pray for even those places in our city that might seem like lost causes...

Jul 05, 2019
July 4- Praying MORE!
481

In this famous passage from James on prayer, we see that, while we often focus on healing, the book of James might be instructing us to pray MORE and believe that God can do all things!

Jul 04, 2019
July 3- Trusting that God Wants Our Best
360

In this teaching of Jesus, we see that God wants to give good things to those who ask him!

Jul 03, 2019
July 2- Praying Specifically
545
In this reading from the first chapter of Colossians, we learn ways that we can pray for the people around us!
Jul 02, 2019
July 1- Constantly Praying
512
In this meditation we hear Paul’s reminder that the Thessalonians are constantly being prayed for and we are encouraged to have people that we constantly pray for as well.
Jul 01, 2019
June 30- God Who is Merciful
420
In this episode that culminates a week about confession, we see that when we turn towards God in confession, God is merciful towards us!
Jun 30, 2019
June 29- Finding Mercy
321
In this simple proverb, we find that confessing our sins helps us find mercy, but concealing them brings chaos in our lives.
Jun 29, 2019
June 28- Confession is Good for the Community
466
In this episode, we hear three verses from Nehemiah where the people of God seek to live faithfully to the covenant after exile by focusing on scripture, confession, and worship together!
Jun 28, 2019
June 27- God Remembers the Covenant
545
In this passage in Leviticus, we hear that even when the worst happens to Israel in the exile, if they will confess, God will remember the covenant he made with their ancestors!
Jun 27, 2019
June 26- EVERYONE Who Calls on the Name of the Lord Will Be Saved!
403
In this reading from Romans we learn that it is not our outward following of the law that saves us but believing and trusting in Jesus!
Jun 26, 2019
June 25- Staying Faithful
509
In this passage from Hosea, we learn that, much like a marriage covenant, it matters that we are faithful to God in the way we love each day!
Jun 26, 2019
June 24- Grace Leads to Obedience
467
In this episode, we hear from the book of first John that once we have been set free from sin, we shouldn’t return to sin. Also, we learn that obedience is the result of our experience of the love of God!
Jun 26, 2019
June 23- Mary and the Upside Down Kingdom
455
In this episode, we learn from Mary’s song that God’s kingdom is one in which the humble and hungry are filled with good things and the rich go away empty.
Jun 23, 2019
June 22 - Our First Love
435
In this episode, we hear the words to the church at Ephesus to return to their first love!
Jun 22, 2019
June 21- Seeing God in Suffering
558
In this reading from Job, we learn that it might be in our most difficult times that we get a new vision of who God is!
Jun 21, 2019
June 20- When Faith is Proven to be Genuine
321
In their episode we hear the words from first Peter that call us to faithfulness in the midst of suffering. It is in these times that our faith is shown to be “pure.”
Jun 20, 2019
June 19- The God Who Makes Order Out of Chaos
453
In this episode we look at the creation story and realize that the God of scripture is a god who makes order in our lives that are often chaotic and empty.
Jun 19, 2019
June 18- God is With Us in the Dark Place
429
In this passage from exile, Israel is reminded that God will be with them in the darkest moments of their lives as a people!
Jun 18, 2019
June 17- The Shema
499
This meditation looks at the heart of the Hebrew commandments, the “Shema.”
Jun 18, 2019
June 16- Learning the Shepherd’s Voice
429
In this episode, we learn that when we know the voice of the Good Shepherd and follow that voice, we experience abundant life!
Jun 16, 2019
June 15- God Our Refuge
418
In this meditation we learn that a high view of God leads us to put our trust in God, our refuge. Ultimately, this leads to peace!
Jun 15, 2019
June 14- Better to Be Silent than Thought a Fool
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In this meditation, we hear wisdom from Proverbs that being silent is better than opening your mouth. Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent!

Jun 14, 2019
June 13- Changed by God’s Presence
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In this episode, we look at Elijah in the midst of a crisis. We realize that God often offers us His presence rather than answers to our questions.
Jun 13, 2019
June 12- The Sacrifice of Fools
391
In this episode, we learn that we shouldn’t be hasty to speak before God because this is the sacrifice of fools. Rather, we should humbly understand our limitations before God.
Jun 12, 2019
June 11- Taming the Tongue
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In this meditation we look at James’ words about the power of our tongues for good or for evil!
Jun 11, 2019
June 10- Opening the Door Through Silence
480
In this episode we re-examine the passage about opening the door of our heart with the understanding that silence is one of the ways that we open the door to hear God’s voice!
Jun 10, 2019
June 8- Two Kinds of People
416
In this episode, we see Jesus at the home of Simon the leper where he is anointed by a woman with alabaster. We also see the religious leaders plotting to kill Jesus. Which type of person will we be?
Jun 08, 2019
June 7- Remember
518

In this episode, Samuel sets up an Ebenezer (stone of help) to remind him that God had helped him in the past. We also look at the idea of hope where we believe that the God who has been with us in the past will be with us in the future.

Jun 07, 2019
June 6- Realizing We are Poor
763

In this episode, we hear God telling the Church at Laodicea that their ease and comfort have made them lukewarm. We discuss how understanding our own poverty allows us to have fellowship with God and be God's holy people. 

Jun 06, 2019
June 5- When Ritual Comes to Life
622

In this meditation, we find the instructions for building the temple. We realize that creating sacred spaces and participating in rituals help shape and form us when they serve to remind us that God is with us!

Jun 05, 2019
June 4- An Encounter that Leads to Obedience
426
In this episode we see Jesus transfigured before Peter, James and John and we realize that the correct response to a new revelation of God is obedience!
Jun 04, 2019
June 3- God is Doing More than You Know
544
In this meditation we find Elijah feeling alone and defeated when he hears the gentle whisper of God and is reminded that God is doing more than he knows!
Jun 03, 2019
June 2- Trusting and Delighting In God
441
In this episode we look at a famous passage of scripture that might not mean what we think it means!
Jun 02, 2019
June 1- Living in the House of God
518
In today’s meditation we look at the “Jacob’s Ladder” passage. We are challenged to realize that wherever we go as those who have received the Holy Spirit by faith becomes the House of God!
Jun 01, 2019
May 31- Taught By Christ
524

In this meditation we see that Paul is making a case that those who are trying to push Jewish practices on the Gentiles are missing the point. Instead, Paul's conversion came with a direct encounter with Christ, and our transformation will as well!

May 31, 2019
May 30- Not Our Will
434

In this episode, we learn that the battle of our will is often waged in solitude. We see Jesus surrender his will to the Father in the garden and realize that surrendering our will might almost look more like a wrestling match!

May 30, 2019
May 29th- A Time for Everything
545

In this meditation from Ecclesiastes, we learn that there is a time and a season for everything. We also discover that understanding our own mortality can lead us to receive each day as a gift from our Creator and help us live life to the FULL!

May 29, 2019
May 28- Faith Tested in the Wilderness
495
In this episode, we see Jesus Tested I’m the wilderness. We learn that often the true test of our faith comes in times where comfort and ease are stripped away.
May 28, 2019
May 27- Our Need for Solitude
422
In this meditation, we see Jesus’ example of drawing away for time woth the Father in solitude and we realize that we need moments of solitude in our lives as well!
May 27, 2019
May 26- Living Water In Jesus
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In this meditation, we see Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles offering living water to all who believe in Him!
May 26, 2019
May 25- All Creation Groans
417
In this episode, we look at Paul’s picture of the cosmic aspect of the renewal of all things. We are called to wait patiently in hope for our full redemption!
May 25, 2019
May 24- God's People, God's Representatives
581

In this meditation on 1 Peter, we see that the Gentiles are being reminded that they are being built into God's temple. They are the place where the presence of God dwells. The people are also called to be a royal priesthood, representing God to those around them!

May 24, 2019
May 23- What We Value
523

In this meditation, we look at Mary, who poured out an alabaster jar on Jesus' feet. We learn that there are moments when value systems break down and the things we truly value are brought to light.

May 23, 2019
May 22- Least is Greatest
551

In this meditation, we see that true greatness lies in allowing ourselves to become the least. Jesus also encourages his disciples to remember that whoever is not against them is with them. We are challenged to do small things with great love today!

May 22, 2019
May 21 - Finding God in the Wilderness
515

In this episode, we examine Psalm 63 where God finds himself in the wilderness and seeks God in the middle of a dry land. We also learn that we can find joy in the shadow of God's wings.

May 21, 2019
May 20- I Want to Know Christ
451

In this meditation, we look at Paul's letter to the Thessalonians and his desire to count everything else as garbage for the sake of knowing Christ. Even sharing in Christ's sufferings in order to share in Christ's resurrection...

May 20, 2019
May 19- Living Quietly
534
In this passage, the Church is instructed to live differently than the world around them. Part of that difference is to live quiet lives, to mind their own business and to work.
May 19, 2019
May 18- The Way to Life
513
In this episode we see Israel instructed to build an altar to God. We learn that the altar is a reminder that the ways of the peoples around them bring ruin, while the commands bring life!
May 18, 2019
May 17- Being In the Father’s House
432
In this reading from Luke 2, Jesus gets left in the temple. Jesus is willing to listen and be taught, and expects that his parents would know that he would be in his Father’s house. Could the same be said if us?
May 17, 2019
May 16- Offering Up Our Everyday Lives
457
In this episode, we examine the passage in Romans 12 that calls us to be living sacrifices. We realize that, rather than expecting God to show up in some set aside worship space, we can worship God through the most boring and routine parts of our lives!
May 16, 2019
May 15- Offering Our Talents to the Lord
437
In today’s meditation we look at the parable of the talents and we are challenged to place our work as an offering before the Lord!
May 15, 2019
May 14- Living Prepared for Christ’s Return
402
In this episode, we learn that living in such a way that our life honors God means that we will be ready no matter when Christ should return.
May 14, 2019
May 13- He Must Become Greater
379
In this episode, we hear John the Baptist’s words to his disciples that Jesus must become greater and he must become less. This would be a great way for us to live as well.
May 13, 2019
May 12- Humility Before God
453
In this episode we look at the parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee and realize that we all need mercy when approaching God!
May 12, 2019
May 11- While We Were Still Sinners
525
In this meditation we look at the argument of Paul that if we were made right with God through the death of Jesus while we were still sinners, how much more will we be made alive through the resurrection life of the Risen Christ!
May 11, 2019
May 10- Find wisdom, Find life
427
In this episode, we look at wisdom and how those who find wisdom find life!
May 10, 2019
May 9- Full of Grace And Truth
604
In this episode, we listen to the beginning of the gospel of John. We examine Jesus as the one who “moves into the neighborhood” and come full of grace and Truth!
May 09, 2019
May 8- The Commands as a Way to Life
555
In this episode, we look at the Ten Commandments and we realize that even the commands in the law point us toward the abundant life that Jesus came to bring!
May 08, 2019
May 7- Giving Because We’ve Been Given
435
In this episode, we examine the motivation behind our giving and we realize that as our generosity is a response to God’s generosity to us!
May 07, 2019
May 6- Making the Main Thing the Main Thing
330
In this episode we look at the greatest commandment and we are reminded that all our other relationships are tied to the main thing, Loving God with our whole heart!
May 06, 2019
May 5- Finding Rest
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In this episode, we realize that when we come to Jesus, trusting like a child, we can find rest and peace under His yoke.
May 05, 2019
May 4th- Rooted and Grounded in Love
443
In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul prays that they might be able to know how expansive the love of God is through the spirit that is at work within them!
May 05, 2019
May 3- Don’t Forget to Ask
462
In this episode we hear a familiar passage from John 15 about abiding. But today’s meditation focuses on the fact that it is God’s wi that his disciples bear fruit and that we should remember to ask God for what we need!
May 03, 2019
May 2- Out of the Heart
597
In this episode, we discover that it is not the observance of rituals, but rather the condition of our heart that makes us “clean” or “unclean.”
May 02, 2019
May 1- Treasure in Jars if Clay
531
In this episode, we realize that, although our humanity is frail, its frailty allows God to receive glory for any good that may come of our lives. Whether or not we become the people we were created to be depends, not on our talents, but our willingness to surrender to the One who makes us whole!
May 01, 2019
April 30- Completely Reborn
506
In this reading from John, Jesus encounters Nicodemus who learns that the work Jesus wants to do is a work that is a completely new life that only God can give us!
Apr 30, 2019
April 29- For the Lord’s Renown
541
In this episode, we look at the passage from Isaiah 55 where the people are called to come and drink without cost. It is a passage about the mercy of God, but also a call for the people of God to live in such a way that the Lord is glorified!
Apr 29, 2019
April 28- Seeing for Ourselves
296
In this episode, we look at Job who experiences God in a whole new way during suffering. We are challenged to see God for ourselves, not just know ABOUT God!
Apr 28, 2019
April 27- The Tree Planted By Streams of Water
450

In this reading from Jeremiah, we hear the call of God through the prophet Jeremiah to trust God and not mortals. In doing so, God makes us like a tree that is near a stream which always produces fruit because it is constantly receiving from the source!

Apr 27, 2019
April 26- The Mind of Christ
480

In this episode, we look at the fact that the only way to discover the true nature of Christianity is to start on the journey. As we travel along this road of life, God's Spirit will conform our mind to the mind of Christ so that we will not live by the values of the current age, but of the age to come. This may seem like foolishness to those around us!

Apr 26, 2019
April 25- In Spirit and in Truth
503
Today we read about the Samaritan woman who Jesus offers “living water,” and discover that Jesus ultimately desires people who will worship him in spirit and in Truth!
Apr 25, 2019
April 24- To Know Christ
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In this meditation we look at a passage from Philippians 3 in which Paul says that everything else is a loss compared to knowing Christ!
Apr 24, 2019
April 23- Seeing the Face of God
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In this reading from Genesis 32, we realize that seeing the face of God is sometimes just a matter of holding on!
Apr 23, 2019
April 22- Who do YOU say that I am?
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In this episode, we hear Jesus asking who people say that he is? It is a great question for us after Easter. To answer that Jesus is the Christ means that we will deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow!
Apr 22, 2019
April 21- Living Resurrection
431
On this Easter Sunday we look at the difference between knowing the facts about the resurrection and living the resurrection. It is when we really “see” the resurrection as God making all things new, we are invited to allow Christ to make us a new creation!
Apr 21, 2019
April 20- The Death of Jesus
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Today we focus on the quiet darkness of Holy Saturday. It is in this quiet darkness that we examine our own mortality and give thanks for a Savior who loved us even to death on a cross!
Apr 20, 2019
April 19- The Truth of the Matter
517
Today we look at the interaction between Jesus and Pilate about kingdoms and Truth. We are then challenged to follow a different kind of king who is the Truth!
Apr 19, 2019
April 18- Free to Serve
585
In this episode, we look at Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. It is the fact that Jesus Knew who he was and why he had come to earth that allowed him to be free to serve. As we understand our identity in Christ, we are free to serve humanity as well.
Apr 18, 2019
April 17- Setting Our Faces Like Flint
384
In this episode we hear from the prophet Isaiah who speaks of a suffering servant who endures suffering. We realize that Jesus ultimately becomes this servant. We also realize that we can endure our suffering knowing that It is in suffering that we encounter God in new and unexpected ways!
Apr 17, 2019
April 16- Seeing Jesus in the Cross
451
In today’s passage from John 12, some Galileans want to see Jesus. We learn that, ultimately, we see Jesus when we look towards the cross!
Apr 16, 2019
April 15- A Fountain of Life
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In this episode, the Psalmist sees God as a Fountain of life. We are challenged to seek this life like those explorers who sacrificed everything to find the Fountain of Youth!
Apr 15, 2019
April 14- His Love Endures Forever
342
In this episode, we look at Psalm 118, which the people quote when Jesus ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We are reminded of our own fickleness of heart and of God’s steadfast love!
Apr 15, 2019
April 13- Freedom from Darkness
488
Today’s reading from Luke 22 looks at the plot of Judas and the Passover. It is a call for us to be willing to be honest about our own darkness and welcome the freedom from the Passover lamb, Jesus!
Apr 13, 2019
April 12- God's Steadfast Love
388

In this episode, we look at a couple verses in Isaiah 54 which remind us that throughout the history of Israel and the history of mankind that God's love has been steadfast and faithful to his people. Ultimately, Christ on the cross is a vivid picture of the steadfast love that God has for each of us!

Apr 12, 2019
April 11- Don't Stray From This Gospel
423

In the book of Hebrews 2, we are challenged to avoid drifting away from the message of the gospel that everything has been put under Chrtist's feet because he took the way of suffering and death, dying for all of us!

Apr 11, 2019
April 10- When We Don’t Understand
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In this episode, Jesus tells the disciples his upcoming fate, and they can’t even comprehend it. Today we are reminded that The Spirit if Christ will help us when we don’t fully understand what it means to follow a suffering Messiah. Just keep following!
Apr 10, 2019
April 9- Abiding Amidst Antichrists
461

In this meditation on 1 John 2: 18-28, we hear the words to the early church to avoid being drawn in by the teachings ran run counter to Christ. (Antichrists) Instead, the Church is called to abide in Christ and thereby have confidence when Christ appears!

Apr 09, 2019
April 8- Don't Give Up on the Church
455

In this episode, we look at some verses from Hebrew 10 that encourage us to draw near to God, to encourage one another along the journey, and to not give up on meeting together. There is something about meeting with our brothers and sisters in Christ that encourages us on in our journey of faith.

Apr 08, 2019
April 7- When the Lord Restores Our Fortunes
456

The meditation today is a Psalm of Ascent. It was sung on the way to the temple in Jerusalem. It remembers how God has acted in the past and calls upon God to act in the future!

Apr 07, 2019
April 6- Trusting in the Wilderness
452
In this episode, Jesus is forced to live in the outskirts of town near the wilderness because there is a plot to kill him. We look at the wilderness as a place where we can learn to trust God for everything we need!
Apr 06, 2019
April 5- The Joy of Journeying Together
325

In this episode, we look at the church at Philippi and its members who are about to be reunited with their brother in Christ, Epaphroditus who has been sick. This passage gives us a glimpse into the joy that can be found in journeying together even when the circumstances are not ideal! 

Apr 05, 2019
April 4- Seeking the Interests of Christ
309

In this episode, we look at Paul's words about Timothy as one who seeks the interests of Christ and not like those who seek after their own interests. In a day where people still often seek after their own interests, the season of Lent calls us to re-examine our motivations.

Apr 04, 2019
April 3- More than Enough
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Today’s meditation is about trusting the God of abundance, even when you aren’t sure about the situation you find yourself in!
Apr 03, 2019
April 2- Worshipping Together
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In this episode we look at the importance of being a part of a worshipping community. We also discuss the temptation to worship other things instead of God.
Apr 02, 2019
April 1- Without Spot or Wrinkle
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In this meditation we read from Revelation 19 and we realize that the powers that be in our world will ultimately now to our Lord and that the church is called to be like a bride preparing for her wedding day!
Apr 01, 2019
March 31- The Parable of the Older Brother and the Loving Father
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In this episode, we look at the Parable of the Lost Son, realizing that it might be more about the Pharisees and Teacher’s of the law being the older brother.
Mar 31, 2019
March 30- Confession is Good for the Soul
515
In this episode we look at Psalm 32 that reminds us that the true way to a joyful life is to confess our transgressions and find forgiveness, peace and joy in God!
Mar 30, 2019
March 29- The Love of Christ Compels Us
378

In today's meditation, we look at the fact that it is ultimately the Love of Christ that compels us to live our lives, not for ourselves, but for Christ. It is in experiencing the Love of Christ that we love those around us.

Mar 29, 2019
March 28- A Foretaste of Glory Divine!
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In this episode we hear the words of Paul from 2 Corinthians that remind us that, while our body is passing away, we are being renewed inwardly day by day!
Mar 28, 2019
March 27- Mustard Seeds and Yeast
464

In today's meditation, we hear Jesus' parables about the kingdom of God being like mustard seeds and yeast. When we surrender to the will of Christ, God's kingdom begins to take root in our life and change the way we think about the world and the way we live in the world. God's kingdom begins to take over our lives, our communities, and eventually our cities.

Mar 27, 2019
March 26- Live Like You Were Dying
433

In today's meditation, we read a Psalm of David in which David considers the brevity of life. Today we look at the idea that life is short, and that we should live each day to the fullest and listen for God's leading in our lives.

Mar 26, 2019
March 25- God's Kindness Leads to Repentance
406

Today's meditation is from Romans 2, where Paul is talking about our tendency to judge others. Paul assures the Church that God does not show favoritism and that the kindness of God should lead us to repentance. 

Mar 25, 2019
March 24- All Who Thirst
515

In this episode, we hear a call to the people of God who have been through exile. It is a call to come and drink and eat food that does not spoil. But there is a warning in the passage to seek the Lord while he may be found. Lent is a great season to seek God, trusting that God's ways are higher than our ways!

Mar 24, 2019
March 23-Good Trees and Good Fruit
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This short little passage from Luke has a simple message- Good trees bear good fruit, and bad trees bear bad fruit. We look at the idea that whatever is on the inside ultimately comes out. Lent is a great time for us to examine our lives and see what kind of fruit we are producing and then ask God, our gardener, to prune and till the soil of our lives so that we can produce the fruit of the Spirit!

Mar 23, 2019
March 22- A Call to Wake Up
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In this meditation we look at the word of the Lord to the church at Sardis. Although they have a reputation for being alive, they are dead. The call of God is for them to hear the word of the Lord, repent, and obey. We are called to do the same on this day!

Mar 22, 2019
March 21- Concerning Desire
442

Today we look at Psalm 63 where the Psalmist sees God as his ultimate desire. It brings up the question of our ultimate desires and the things that compete for our desires. And what do we do when we find our desire for God waning?

Mar 21, 2019
March 20- Strive for the Narrow Way
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In this morning meditation, we look at one of Jesus parables about the banquet table. Many who presume to be in are left out, and many who might be thought to be left out get in. We learn that in striving for the narrow way, we are not earning our salvation, but rather placing our focus SOLEY upon Christ and his Kingdom!

Mar 20, 2019
March 19- Turning Towards Christ when Tempted
437

In this episode, we read a passage from 1 Corinthians 10. We look at the idea that all of us endure testing and temptation and that it is in drawing near to Christ that we are able to resist temptation and live in life-giving ways!

Mar 19, 2019
March 18- Repentance and God's Faithfulness
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Today's meditation is from Exodus 33 after the people's failure at the golden calf. Moses pleads for the people, the people repent, and God is faithful to go with them on their journey to the Promised Land. We find that, no matter the depth of our sin, when we turn towards God, God is faithful to be present with us!

Mar 18, 2019
March 17- Finding God in the Waiting
524

Today we read Psalm 27 in which David chooses to seek the presence of the Lord in the midst of the trials of life. Today we learn that it is often in the waiting that we realize that God is right there with us and that God often used the waiting to transform us!

Mar 17, 2019
March 16- What Kind of King?
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Today we read from Psalm 118, which is the Psalm that is quoted by the crowds on Palm Sunday. This meditation reflects on the fact that Jesus is often a very different kind of king than what we expect. We are challenged to lay aside our presuppositions about Jesus' kingdom and live into the type of kingdom Jesus is bringing into the world!

Mar 16, 2019
March 15- Citizens of Heaven
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In the text today, Paul encourages his listeners to imitate him. He calls on followers of Christ to follow him in living in the way of the cross, and not be like those whose "God is their stomach and their glory is in their shame." Ultimately, during lent, we are called to name the sin that keeps us from being kingdom people so that we may pray as Christ taught us- "Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven."

Mar 15, 2019
March 14- Transformed into Right Relationships
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Today we examine the words of Paul in Philippians chapter 3, where he considers all his previous attempts at righteousness to be rubbish. We learn that it is in knowing Christ through faith that we are made righteous, and ultimately end up living in right ways as we draw nearer to the heart of God.

Mar 14, 2019
March 13- God Gives and Takes Away
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In this episode, we read the beginning of the book of Job. Job teaches us that the worship of God is not dependent on what God gives us, but rather who God is!

Mar 13, 2019
March 12- Even the Harsh Words are for Our Good
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The reading for today from 2nd Peter 2:4-21 describes a people who have lost their way and fallen into all kinds of sin. The words from the writer are harsh. Today's meditation reminds us that ultimately even the harsh words in scripture are to lead us back to relationship with God!

Mar 12, 2019
March 11- Lament that Leads to Love
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Today we look at a Psalm of Lament that reminds us that God wants us to be honest about our anger and frustration, even with our enemies. The amazing thing we find is that when we leave our enemy in God's hands, we open ourselves up to the potential of loving our enemies as God transforms us!

Mar 11, 2019
March 10- Everything is a Gift!
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Today we read a passage from Deuteronomy that reminds the Israelites that everything they have is a gift from God. We North Americans could stand to hear this reminder as well. Remembering everything is a gift should then lead God's people to be generous towards God and toward those around them, especially the vulnerable populations like aliens, widows and orphans.

Mar 10, 2019
March 9- In Every Season
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In today's meditation, we are reminded by the writer of Ecclesiastes that there is a time and a season for Everything. The challenge for us is to refrain from always looking toward a different time and realize that God is with us even in the worst of times. It might even be in these times that we grow the most.

Mar 09, 2019
March 8- Freedom For the Discouraged
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In this episode we look at the story of Moses and how soul crushing circumstances can sometimes keep us from seeing the freedom that God wants to give us!

Mar 08, 2019
March 7 - My Life is in Your Hands
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In this episode, we look at a Psalm of Protection and realize that our lives are in God's hands. The call of God's people is to trust God to be all that we need in any given circumstance!

Mar 07, 2019
Ash Wednesday- Eyes to See
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Today we begin the journey of Lent. In this podcast we discus the fact that our fasting often is concerned about how God sees us, but our fasting should open our eyes to how God sees the world!

Mar 06, 2019
Intro- What are Morning Meditations?
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In this first episode, we look at what we hope to accomplish with this podcast and invite listeners to join us beginning Ash Wednesday, March 6th!

Mar 01, 2019