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
March 21- Concerning Desire

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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?

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