Casting Crowns “God Of All My Days”: Devotional #7

At my darkest moments, the swell of emotions pounding my soul kept hitting something that wouldn’t move. That solid object was the root system I had cultivated in my faith, the truth I had soaked into my core over years of personal Bible study and prayer. It was everything I’ve ever learned about whom God is and what he does and how he works—and even the fact that storms do indeed come.

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Casting Crowns “Make Me A River”: Devotional #6

Several years ago, I visited Israel and traveled to both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. Both are large bodies of water fed by fresh water. The Sea of Galilee in the northern part of the country is vibrant and full of life and for centuries has provided a living for fishermen like the disciples Peter, James, and John. The Dead Sea, positioned to the east and southeast of Jerusalem, has its name for a reason. It is so salty that not much can live in it and a human being can float with little effort.

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Casting Crowns “Loving My Jesus”: Devotional #5

I had one thought: “What am I doing on the same stage? He’s got dancers and trampolines, and I’m a middle-aged student pastor with a Stars Wars T-shirt and nothing else up here. I’m not cool. I wasn’t cool when I was young enough to be cool, and now I’m up here in front of 20,000 people.”

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Casting Crowns “Oh My Soul”: Devotional #4

The night I discovered I had cancer, I sat down at the piano. That’s how songwriters bleed. We bleed songs. I started writing out my feelings, and a song called “O My Soul” began to emerge. It portrays my inner turmoil and battle with myself, reminiscent of some of David’s verses in the book of Psalms. One of the coolest lines ever is when David says, “Why so downcast, O my soul?

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