Podcast #168: “Rise” by Danny Gokey

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

Stories inspire us. That’s why we are drawn in by good books, powerful movies, documentaries, and even ESPN specials. There is something about seeing someone else overcome the odds that gives us hope that maybe, just maybe, we could do the same. Danny Gokey’s song “Rise” reminds us that our Creator has a plan for us that is higher than our broken past or sordid mistakes. “We were made to rise.”

Peter’s life paints a pretty epic story. Let’s search Scripture and discover how we can relate and what we might learn from this disciple.

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Character study
    • Remember the characters in the Bible were REAL
    • Follow the cross references
    • Read in context
  • The Life of Peter Scripture References – Pastor Jacob Johnson
  • When we meet Peter – John 1:40-42
  • Peter got a new name and so do we
  • Peter gets an invite to the inner circle – Luke 8:50-56
  • Would you become prideful if you were in the inner circle with Christ?
  • Peter’s blunder on the mount of transfiguration – Matthew 17:1-8
  • Do your mistakes cause you to question your calling?
  • Jesus gives Peter high praise – Matthew 16:13-19
  • Jesus gives Peter correction – Matthew 16:21-23
  • Peter does the unthinkable – Matthew 26:31-35
  • Peter returns to his old way of life when everything seems to fall apart – John 21:3-19
  • Taking responsibility for our careless words and making ourselves available for restoration


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If you have never heard this song before, you can listen to the official audio on YouTube below.

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This Week’s Challenge

We merely scratched the surface of considering Peter’s life. His life can teach us how we should respond and how we shouldn’t. Consider his stumbles and recovery. Ponder how Jesus included him, rebuked him, and restored him. You can go much deeper than I did. Use the list that I referenced in the podcast to launch you into Scripture. Read all about Peter in the book of Acts. Read his two letters included in the New Testament. Remember he’s a real person. Get lost in the story this week.

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