Psalm 14 – In which we say mean things to atheists

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 14, which deals harshly with atheistic thinking. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new release of Psalm 37!) at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure to check out https://themajestysmen.com/ and support the HNR.GD … View More

Psalm 13 – The Howling Psalm

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 13, as Spurgeon so aptly put it the “howling psalm.” Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new release of Psalm 37!) at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure to check out https://themajestysmen.com/ and … View More

Psalm 12 – I Do Not Love My Lips

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 12, with quotes from C.S. Lewis on the deceptive tongue that shows up throughout the psalms. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his newest release!) at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure to check … View More

Psalm 10 – Break the Arm of the Wicked

“If there is to be rescue, there has to be putting down. Literally the plea is for Yahweh to break the arm of the faithless in order to stop his strong-arm tactics.” John Goldingay In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 10, looking at the prayer of God to frustrate the plans of the wicked. Our music is … View More

Psalm 9 – The Avenger

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 9 from a translation of the Septuagint. While there are many themes to look at, I bear down on the “avenger of blood” and it’s role in  justice that points to God’s justice. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and … View More

Psalm 8 – Our Place

“We may style this Psalm the song of the Astronomer; let us go abroad and sing it beneath the starry heavens at eventide.” – Charles Spurgeon In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 8, the unique song of praise and invitation to consider our place and purpose in creation. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can … View More

Psalm 7 – The Oath of Innocence

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 7, one that has been a part of my prayer life. We look at the Biblical concept of the oath of innocence and the searching of motives that God performs as the true and righteous judge. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian … View More

Psalm 6 – All My Tears

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 6, the first of the penitential Psalms. I pray that whatever tears shed in your life now will last only for the night, and that joy will come anew in the morning. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording … View More

Psalm 5 – Lead the Righteous

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 5, which Spurgeon described as “not so much a prayer as a resolution.” Remember that God directs the paths of the righteous and that you are not alone in pursuing that path. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording … View More

Psalm 4 – Listen Here

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 4 which charges us to place ourselves in proper dependence on God. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure to check out https://themajestysmen.com/ and support the HNR.GD network for other … View More

Psalm 3 – Cracking Jaws

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 3 which introduces us to Psalms with the historical context and imprecatory language. “To be in a minority is itself a test of nerve; more so when the minority is shrinking.” – Derek Kidner Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing … View More

Psalm 2 – “Kiss the Son” with guest Rollie Hawk

This week we are joined by our first guest, Rollie Hawk. Rollie lives in Anna, Illinois where he serves as an Elder at First Christian Church. For our first church discussion we discuss Psalm 2 with the royal image of the Son and the honor due him from nations and kings. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can … View More

Psalm 1 – The Tree

Welcome back to the Firmly Planted Tree. In this episode we kick off the reading of the Psalms with Psalm 1, centering around the righteous man planted like a tree by the waters. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing And please … View More

Ep. 37 – Keeping Christ in Mind

In order to follow Jesus’ example, and live sacrificially, we must keep Christ at the forefront of our mind. If we don’t keep Christ in mind, it’s easy to forget about the mission and focus on selfish goals. On this episode we looked at a great, thought-provoking tweet by Dustin Benge (@DustinBenge).

Ep. 30 – Christians Can’t Not Forgive Others

Forgiveness should be a mark on the life and mind of every Christian. No Christian forgives perfectly, but we should strive to be known as forgiving people. On this episode, we are highlighting Brandon Hanson’s article for 1517, titled, “Out of Ammo.”

Ep. 28 – Discovering and Guarding Our Purpose

A plethora of content exists today regarding purpose. Discovering one’s purpose in life can take time and requires a sacrificial amount of searching. As Christ followers, we know our purpose is to glorify God, but how focused are we really on glorifying God at all times? On this episode, we are taking a look at an article by John MacArthur, titled, “How Do I Glorify God in the Gray Areas?,” found on Grace to You.

Ep. 27 – God’s Sovereignty Is Our Security

Is anything burdening you? What tends to stress you out or cause you to worry? When it comes to spiritual matters involving our relationship with God, it’s common to lose our sense of security in Christ at times. But God is our true confidence and security! On this episode, we are highlighting a blog post by Pastor Gabe Hughes, titled, “Predestined By God.”

Ep. 24 – The Core of the Saving Gospel

Our discussion today centered around a tweet sent by Mark Dever. The Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church wrote, “I recently heard someone say ‘The core of the Gospel is God’s commitment to protect the vulnerable.’ What do you think?” What is at the core of the gospel message? What exactly is meant by the term vulnerable? Watch the episode and let’s seek the truth together.

Ep. 23 – Helpful Thoughts on Prayer

On this episode, we walked through three sections of a great post found on Focus on the Family, titled, “Seeking God in Prayer.”  If you’re new to praying, this episode will give you a great starting point. If you know someone who is new to praying, this can be a beneficial resource to share with them. If you’re already a prayer warrior, you’ll find great reminders here.

Ep. 21 – Humbly Examine Your Calling

A discussion about God’s “calling” can provide beneficial guidance for us as we seek to follow Christ. Many look to pillars of the faith, such as the Apostle Paul, and wonder when their own special calling from God is going to come. Is Paul’s calling experience the standard? Greg Handley composed an article for IMB, titled, “Let’s Rethink Our Language of ‘Calling’,” where he provides wise counsel about God’s calling.