READ THE TEXT: Psalm 150 (ESV)
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in the sanctuary; praise him in the heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him for his excellent greatness!
Praise him with the trumpet; praise him with the lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
This Psalm, the last Psalm in the Biblical collection, is a fitting conclusion to what we often refer to as the Book of Psalms. This Psalm is a call for sincere and exuberant praise to the Lord God.
We will discover, as we view this Psalm, three truths concerning praise that will challenge us to praise the Lord, especially when we gather with God’s people. It is important to stress the fact that “praise the Lord” is not just a phrase, it is a command and expectation for God’s people.
The pain and hurt of broken relationships are real and deep. How often people are wounded and discouraged through personal relationship problems. Yet personal relationship problems abound, and impact daily life often. Think of how many songs lament difficult relationship issues. We are relational beings, and relational hurt and struggle are a real part of the human experience.
It is wonderful to know that the child of God is secure in an eternal relationship with God. But, it is sad when our fellowship with God is impacted negatively in some way.
God does not sin. God is holy. God always loves. God is always faithful. God is the all-wise God. God is righteous, merciful, and full of grace.
So, if there is a problem (real or perceived) between the Christian and the Lord, it is due to the Christian. Often the...
The deadline for our “Strengthening Expository Preaching “ Institute (February 23-26) is February 9.
Also, ahead is our Practical Preaching Workshop (March 8-11). Contact us by February 9 as well.
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Blessings, we hope to hear from you.
Main Text for Today: Ephesians 4:17-5:21
“I, therefore, ……………..beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,………” (Ephesians 4:1 NKJV).
It is a wonderful day when a baby takes his or her first steps. The occasion may be captured in a picture and sent to family and friends. Soon the infant is learning how to walk. Walking is very important for life and growth. Indeed, parents will be very concerned if a child does not learn how to walk in a timely manner.
God’s grace has brought the child of God into a new life that involves a God-given and directed walk (Eph. 2:10). This walk is made possible by all that God has done for us in Christ (Eph. 1:3 – 3:21). Just as we receive the gift of salvation by grace through faith, we begin a walk by grace through faith. This walk, though, is described in a specific way in our text in Ephesians 4:1. This walk...
Please read 1 Timothy 1:12-17.
Main Text: 1 Timothy 1:15 NKJV - “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”
Think about all the messages we receive in a day, or in a week. Some come from people we know, and some come from people we do not know. Some are easy to understand, some are hard to understand. Some are helpful or encouraging. Some are hurtful or discouraging. Some are very important, some are irrelevant and a waste of time.
As you think about our Christian faith, our faith is based upon a message. It is based upon a message that we believe is ultimately from God Himself to us. I want us to think very simply but specifically about this “Gospel” message, this good news that is still good news for today.
This message is the message of Christmas. Sadly, even Christmas cards can express seasonal messages but miss the true message of Christmas. But...
For some, the Christmas season is just a time to celebrate the end of another year. It may be simply a time to forget all that has happened in daily life as well as what is happening in our struggling world.
That may be especially true this year.
Sadly some miss the joy of the Savior completely. We know also that this season can be a depressing time for many: especially those who have suffered loss, and those whose lives are filled with personal hardship and painful memories. The joyful message of Christmas may be very distant, even though it is still really needed.
The challenge for many of us is to allow the true joy of Christmas to be experienced afresh and at a deep level.
Yes, this can be a challenge for genuine Christians. With the difficult circumstances that many are facing right now, joy may seem a long way off. Also, the clutter of commercialism can add seasonal pressure and can cover-up the real source of joy.
This true joy is what is declared in...
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (ESV).
Galatians 4:4a “But, when the fullness of time had come,……” (ESV, NKJV)
“When the time came to completion,……..” (HCSB)
“When the right time had come,…….” (NLT)
“But when the set time had fully come,……..” (NIV)
INTRODUCTION: You may be familiar with the “best practices” terminology that is used in various training contexts. Usually, after researching “successful” organizational functions and procedures, the presenter will recommend the best practices for a particular business. These practices are the best ways to handle the operations and challenges that are being faced.
TEXT: “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart” (2 Cor. 4:1-7 ESV, Full text 2 Cor. 4:1-18).
In our text, the Apostle Paul is speaking very personally. He definitely is not putting on a seminar. But, what he states in these verses is an inspired record of Paul’s approach to his own ministry. And this passage of Scripture along with many others provides us with ‘best practices’ for those who are seeking to be faithful in the ministry of God’s Word, especially during difficult seasons.
In the broader context,...
I would like you read Isaiah 55 (ESV) written below. Our focus will be on verses 8-11, but the whole chapter needs to be read, if not the whole prophecy of Isaiah!
55 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
This beautiful Psalm is a poetic celebration and response to God’s personal revelation both through His Creation and through His Word.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;