Current Series: Summer Playlist

8/ 6

Search Me & Know Me
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We continue our "Summer Playlist" teaching series with a close reading of Psalm 139. In this psalm of David, we explore three realities of God's relationship with us - that He knows us, He is present with us, and He made us. Because Jesus was the one searched, tested, found guilty, and put to death on a cross in our place, we have full security and freedom to pray "23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

 

7/16

Don’t Forget to Remember
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This week, instead of our typical teaching / preaching, we read through Psalm 103 together using Lectio divina, a method of reading Scripture in a transformational way rather than an informational way. With the podcast, we left some space for you to participate with the following questions / prompts.

1 - For the first reading through Psalm 103, what is one word or phrase from the text that the Holy Spirit impresses on you?
What struck you in this passage?
What did it seem was God highlighting for you?
Ask yourself, ‘Do I really believe this?

2 - The second time through, you are invited to enter into the Scripture passage emotionally...
What is God inviting you to feel through this passage?
What are your emotions?
What specific situation in your life today relates?

3 - In a final reading, what is God’s personal invitation to you from the Bible passage?
What is God inviting you to change?
Where are you being asked to take a step closer to Him?
What is your response?
What do you think this change will mean for your life?

7/23

The Redeemed of the Lord
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The 107th Psalm opens with "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” and closes with "Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.”  Between these two verses this Psalm recounts four stories of four different groups of people who found themselves in very difficult situations and each group of people eventually "cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”  Psalm 107 reminds us that God’s steadfast love can rescue and redeem us in any situation we find ourselves in.

7/ 2

Making the Best Use of Our Time
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“The days are just flying by!” Especially in the summer. As we continue listening to the Psalms as part of our Summer Playlist, Psalm 90 helps us understand our time, consider the meaning of our time, and make the best use of our time. This prayer of Moses shows us that our first context of our time is not found by looking at the hands on our watch or what year we live in but is rather found in the context of the God who made time. He is our context. He is everlasting, and both stands outside of time and, through Jesus, has entered our time zone to resolve the fact that, under sin, our lives are short and difficult. Moses teaches us to pray for renewed hearts, renewed joy, and renewed work while we live out our days under our everlasting God.

Other Scriptures Referenced: Psalm 31:19; 146:10; Exodus 34:6-7; Deuteronomy 33:7-8; Genesis 2:7, 8, 15; 3:17-19; 6:3, 5-8, 14-22; Isaiah 33:5-6; Ephesians 5:14-17; James 4:13-17; 2 Peter 3:8-9, 11-13; Revelation 22:13. Benediction: 2 Corinthians 4

7/30

My Soul Waits
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6/25

Come Let Us Sing
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Psalms 95 is a call to worship. It is an invitation to come and bow, know, and hear. It is concerned with the position of our hands—our physical posture during worship— the position of our head—the answer to the question of why we worship— and the position of our heart—are we able to enter into God’s rest?

6/18

Sets the Lonely in Families
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Psalm 68
Through the eyes of David, we seek to draw near to God by taking a look at His Presence.  What is the Presence of God? What does the Presence of God look like? And what does the Presence of God bring with it?

6/11

Abundance of God
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Study can enrich our experience of lots of things, but if we never put into practice what we study, our time will have been wasted.  As we look at Psalm 65 today, we will engage our hearts together as we worship God through this Psalm. We will see what kind of God we are worshiping, how he desires to meet us, and what He is capable of doing. Join us today as we worship in-spite of some technical difficulties.

6/ 4

Why so downcast?
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Psalm 42-43
Sometimes life takes a turn for the worse and it can leave us feeling overwhelmed or lost.  Physical illness, death of a loved one, failure, persecution, and even temptation can get us down, and even depressed, feeling that God is far away from us.  Sometimes we feel pressure to pretend everything is OK, or we may even feel unsure of how we can approach God in these situations.  Many times, the overwhelming emotions can lead us into doubt and sometimes just forgetting the truth of scripture.  Psalm 42 takes us there as the Psalmist, overwhelmed by life and danger reminds himself of who God is in much emotionally charged self-talk, until he is finally able to cry out to God in Psalm 43.  Even in our darkest times, we have a God who understands our pain and is present, and no matter the situation we find ourselves in, we have hope!

5/28

Sing a New Song
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Psalm 40
Most of us really don’t enjoy waiting, but for most of life we are seldom not waiting for something.  The first two verses of Psalm 40 say "I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.  He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.”  This chapter in the Psalms reminds us that God meets us in our waiting and responds to our needs so we can live fully every day, despite the fact that we might be in the midst of a time of waiting.

4/23

The Way of the Righteous
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4/30

Taste and See
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 You can tell a lot about a person by seeing where they turn in times of trouble. And David was in a world of trouble. His life was hanging in the balance. He was having one near miss after another. Exiled from friends and family, being chased by those who hated him, David kept seeking God anyway. He felt his life was far from what it should be, yet he kept finding good reason to believe that God is really good. In Psalm 34 David shows us a God who meets us in our life experiences because God Is Good Personally. And he shows how God takes care of all the righteous who, in wisdom, give the Lord his proper place in the world because God Is Good Ultimately. Many are our fears and many troubles, but the Lord delivers us from them all.

Other Scriptures Referenced: Genesis 3; 1 Samuel 21; Isaiah 33:5; Romans 8:28; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 1 John 3:7.

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