We take a look at various Psalms and see how we can apply the principles to our daily lives.
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July 8, 2018
Psalm 8 | The Majesty of God and the Dignity of Man
The Bible declares that God is "clothed in splendor and majesty." How so? We also hear of "the dignity of man" which in our Western culture uniquely compels us to reach our to the less fortunate. What do these expressions mean? The understanding of these ideas is fundamental to a biblical, Christian worldview and necessary in our efforts to defend it.
July 15, 2018
Psalm 22 | Nobody Knows But Jesus
Have you ever struggled with the apparent discrepancy between the love of God and human misery? Unlike other religions, Christianity provided us with a God who not only related to our suffering but had personally entered into it! Author Timothy Keller notes, "If we embrace the Christian teaching that Jesus is God and that he went to the cross, then we have deep consolation and strength to face the brutal realities of life on earth"
July 29, 2018
Psalm 23 | The God Who Shepherds Us
Since that fateful day in the Garden of Eden, most of us humans have declared our autonomy--the choice to rule ourselves and be free from any "encumbrances" that a pesky, personal God would lay on us. Some have preferred to make God their "co-pilot"--someone to lend a helping hand now and then and perhaps even turn the controls over to when things get rough. David, the warrior-king, chose to yield himself to the Creator like a sheep to a shepherd and receive corresponding privileges as expressed in this most famous biblical passage. Be sure to join us this Sunday to look at what C.H. Spurgeon called "the pearl of the Psalms.”
August 5, 2018
Psalm 42 | The Benefits of Talking to Yourself
We live in what is arguably the best and most prosperous country in history, with unparalleled opportunities for recreation, entertainment, and leisure, and yet depression and suicide are rampant in our society. Someone once said that "the tree of happiness does not grow on a cursed earth," and if money and entertainment can't prop us up with happiness and assure contentment, what then? Smother our pain with drugs or alcohol? Or is there another place to find peace for our soul? King David found strength and comfort in talking to himself! Find out why...
August 12, 2018
Psalm 63 | Knowing God's Love is Better than Life
August 19, 2018
Psalm 49 | Focus and Fulfillment: Part I
Ask yourself: Are you content with what you have or do you think you are missing out? What would it take or how much do you think you need to make you happy? If God called you home to heaven, would you be ready? Despite living in a country with one of the highest standards of living in the world (not to mention history), we often feel threatened or tempted to want more when we compare ourselves with others. Having a proper perspective enables us to refocus on what really matters as we take a look at Psalm 49 and have a look at “Focus and Fulfillment-Part 1”.
August 26, 2018
Psalm 73 | Focus and Fulfillment: Part II
Have you ever found yourself wondering if the Christian life is “worth it”, especially when traditional values and the rewards of life seem topsy-turvy? Observing that life isn’t necessarily fair, the writer of Psalm 73 dealt with such inner turmoil and confusion. Discover how he reset his point of view and was able to find satisfaction.
September 2, 2018
Psalm 84 | Our Pilgrim Journey
Are you more of a “settler" or a “pilgrim"? Do you seem to be making progress on your spiritual journey and do you have a goal in mind? The term "followers of Jesus" implies movement of some sort and, although his path is not always easy, we can be sure of his presence along the way.
September 9, 2018
Psalm 133 | Strength in Numbers
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “fellowship”? Potluck dinners? Belonging to a club or fraternal organization? Sports parties around a big-screen TV? Striving for a common cause? You might consider what purpose fellowship in a church should or shouldn’t have and how or whether it is impacting your life. We’ll be looking at what Scripture has to say about biblical or Christian fellowship, what it is based on, and the difference it can make in a believer’s life–including yours!
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