PP030 Our Fear of ‘Fearing God’

Many of us experience an emotional and existential fear about the Bible’s “fearing God” language. The emotional fear has to do with what such language implies about God’s character: is he threatening, or loving? The existential fear is the kind we feel when we read the precious assurances of Psalm 103. God has compassion on those who fear him. If I don’t fear him enough, does that mean he isn’t compassionate towards me? Learn how to confront your fears about fearing God head on. The right kind of fear of God doesn’t drive you away from him; it draws you near.


Scriptures Referenced: Ps 103:15-20; 33:18, 128:1, 130:4; Jer 32:40; Ex 20:20; 1Sam 12:20-24; Isa 11:3; Deut 6:2-5; Jer 33:8-9; Hos 3:5; Luk 7:13-17; Acts 9:31

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PP029 The Wonder of Having God as our Father

J. I. Packer wrote: “If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.” Meanwhile David in Psalm 103 wrote: “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.” In this third episode tied to our August Summer Challenge, learn how believers in Christ can experience the compassionate fatherhood of God in ways far beyond what even David could enjoy.

Scriptures Referenced: Ps 103:10-17; 1Ki 3:26

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PP028 What You Think of God is the Most Important Thing About You

People created in the image of God cannot have a proper assessment of themselves without a proper assessment of God. And people who were created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever cannot do so without truly knowing God. So what you think about God is not only important, it is the most important thing about you. Continuing our journey through Psalm 103, we learn what it unfolds concerning God’s character – and what that means for you and me.


Scriptures Referenced: Ex 34:5-6; Ps 89:14; 103:6-10; Lk 4:16-19; Rom 12:12-21

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PP027 Do You Talk to Yourself? You’d Be Crazy Not To

There’s a crucial difference between listening to yourself and talking to yourself. According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, most of our unhappiness comes from listening to ourselves instead of talking to ourselves. Perhaps King David would agree. In this first episode of the August Summer Challenge series, we overhear David talking to himself about five benefits the Lord had given him. Listen in to learn how you can use biblical self-talk to prime the pump of your heart and cause joyful praise to gush out from deep inside.

Scriptures Referenced: Ps 42:5-6, 103:1-5; Luk 11:13

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PP024 Ten Reasons to Tackle our August Summer Challenge

Hear about our first ever August Summer Challenge on the Practicology Podcast: memorizing the beautiful Psalm 103 together in community. On this episode Mike and Matthew join forces to provide 10 reasons why you should take up this challenge and memorize Scripture. Make sure to listen all the way to reason #10!

Scriptures Referenced: Ps 103, 119:11; John 15:4-10; Eph 5:18; Col 3:16; 2 Cor 5:10

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