Sermons on the Psalms

Over the next few months we will be going through a new sermon series on selected Psalms.  The psalms have always been one of the favorite books throughout history.  Jesus quoted the psalms frequently and naturally as if He had the psalter memorized.  The apostles both knew the psalms (Acts 16:25) and instructed others to sing and meditate on hymns, psalms and spiritual songs...
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Re: The King of Kings - Psalm 2

Re: The King of Kings - Psalm 2 Why is the world so angry at God? (1-3) It makes no sense, God who is perfectly holy and good? Not only does it make no sense, it is ridiculous. They are picking a fight against God and there is only one possible outcome . . . defeat.
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Re: What Do You Boast In? – Gal 6:11-18

Re: What Do You Boast In? – Gal 6:11-18 This past Sunday, we concluded our series of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. The question was asked, “What do you boast in?” Though boasting is often viewed in a negative light, it does not necessarily require such a connotation. The question can be rephrased, “What do you find your greatest confidence, satisfaction, or hope in?” As Paul closes his...
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Thank God For These - A Few of My Favorite Things

Singers and musicians glorifying the Lord in both joyful noise and jubilant countenance. Small group leaders who not only ask good questions, but model good listening. Employees who love doing their jobs so much they’d do it for free, and work as though they’re making a million dollars. Parents enthusiastically praying and reading the Bible with their children. People leaving...
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Messy spiritual relationships

Recently I have been reading the book Side by Side by Ed Welch and it is fast becoming one of my favorites.  I could probably list a number of reasons why that's so and how it has impacted me but I'd like to just focus on one which aligns with last week's sermon.  The first half of the book Welch begins with the premise that we are needy people.  We are needy because of the...
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A matter of the heart

As I write this, my heart aches (yet again) from reading the stories of yet another mass shooting. What's even worse, the murderer specifically singled out those who professed to be "Christian" for execution. I'm sad and upset as you must be also. There are so many topics that commentators and talking heads will pontificate on after such an evil event. The President, for his part, wants...
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Re: The Supernatural Gospel

Re: The Supernatural Gospel - ( Gal 1:11-24 ) This year, our church them is “Alive in Christ (Gal 2:19-20) .” The question naturally arises, how are we made alive in Christ? The answer is this: the Gospel. The Gospel is what saves us and the Gospel is what transforms our lives. This is the message we are called to share with everyone God places in our lives. In...
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Re: How Thanksgiving Changes Everything

Re: How Thanksgiving Changes Everything  ( Phil 4:4-9 ) I. Rejoice in the Lord always! ( Phil 4:4-5 ) Rejoice in the Lord always! What do you find your greatest joy and satisfaction in? Is it your job? school? sports? family? something of this world? Is your life characterized by joy? all the time? Most likely you answered "no". When our joy is based on circumstances, naturally...
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Re: The Extraordinary Love and Faith of Ruth (Ruth 1:14-22)

Re: The Extraordinary Love and faith of Ruth (Ruth 1:14-22) Some questions to reflect on in light of this past Sunday's sermon.   So often our "love" is driven by what we can get in return or because we are supposed to, rather than because God first loved us ( 1John 4:19 ). Remember Ruth's selfless love towards Naomi and how it was not based on self-interest or obligation....
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The Feeling of the Holy Spirit

The Feeling of the Holy Spirit I have a confession to make: I want a faith that feels good. I want to soak in the joy that is in Jesus. And…I don’t want to feel guilty wanting it. But is this wrong? It depends on what it means to “feel good” and whether it is itself the end or merely the motivation to a greater end. John Piper addressed this topic in his 1996 book Desiring...
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