Messages on Psalms
Today’s scripture: Psalm 29 When God speaks, things happen. Psalm 29 reflects on the power of God’s words and reflect back to creation when God spoke the words of creation. Where have you heard God speaking to you? How has it changed you? Psalm 29 not only reflects on the power of God’s words, but it also helps us place ourselves in right perspective with God. We hear his voice and it causes us to drop in worship. We see…
Joy on Display Today’s scripture: Psalm 126 This third week of Advent we light the pink candle, the candle of Joy. Psalm 126 guides us into the notion of joy, “The Lord has done great things for them. The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Christmas brings the coming of the Messiah, our savior so even with pandemics, we have much to be joyful about. Pastors and theologians have long argued a difference…
It is said that God is ‘omnipotent’ – he knows everything. God created everything yet the Psalm writer seems to feel ignored, forgotten by God. God is capable of forgetting, he has promised to forget our sins if we confess Jesus as Lord. But if God is capable of forgetting there is one thing he is incapable of and that’s forgetting you.
How much is prayer worth to you? What would you do if you couldn’t pray? Either struggling to know how to pray and having motivation to pray might be contrasted against our taking prayer for granted. God has given us the incredible gift of being able to communicate with him directly and to call on the power of all heaven.
Who are we that Jesus the Christ should suffer and die as he did? The high drama of Jesus’ death is rooted in history. His resurrection conquered death and has an eternal impact for us all. It is a story of a God who loves us all, pursues us all the days of our lives, invites us to accept his offer of complete forgiveness and calls us to use our potential for serving Him by serving others.
God is listening, but do we take time to speak? God is still speaking, but do we take time to listen? This time of isolation is a perfect time to practice our spiritual discipline of prayer; speaking AND listening. What does God want to tell you during this season?
Hearing the experience of those on short-term or long-term missions whose lives have been dramatically changes and shaped in new ways can help us grow closer to God and in turn, we become more missional.
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Regrets can be an instrument of God’s grace and learning that God’s presence never leaves us can bring us strength to empathize with others, forgive sooner, and live more fully. We all have regrets, both for the things we missed doing but should have done and those things we know we shouldn’t have done and now we have regrets for doing. Sometimes our actions have hurt others. “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing…
This is Western Sunday and as we have fun doing something, a bit different than normal we can draw attention from the lyrics of Country Western songs and their authentic perspective of life and hope in the human condition. Then, we can see the authenticity of a God incarnated in Jesus who comes from humble beginnings to deal with the reality of our lives.
Hymn Sing Sunday – Psalm 96 1-4a, 11-13 Worship, including worship through music pleases God. The closer we get to the truth of God’s grace and salvation, the beauty of God is revealed and more worship will well up within you. It begins with a conscious act of will and sacrifice to serve God and in this sense, worship is a verb. Word, music, service, humility – all lead us closer to God and into more worship. Throughout the Bible…
When we finally realize just how small we are and how big God is, we can experience authentic worship.
Lent is an opportunity to give space for God to renew your faith and your walk with God.