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The Soundtrack of Salvation (pt. 2): The Family Tree of David in Psalms 42

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How do you know who you are? For all of us stories, especially family stories, define who we are. While the world tells us we can define ourselves however we want, the truth is we need an overarching story to set the context for our lives. Apart from Christ, we seek to write a story with our lives that satisfies our cravings and bolsters our self-confidence. When we come...

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From David’s Harp to Our Daily Devotions: Learning to Sing the Psalms in Four Keys

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Stretching from the time of Moses (Psalm 90) to the exile of Israel (Psalm 126 or 137), the Psalms as we know them – 150 songs ordered in five books – took a long time to write. So, how do we read them in their historical context? What is their historical context? And how do we sing them today, knowing that at least some of them were first written and sung in S...

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The Soundtrack of Salvation (pt. 1): Walking the Hills and Valley of Psalms 1

The Psalms

The Psalters is comprised of 150 Psalms, divided into five books. Is this incidental? Or should we seek to discern the message of the Psalms by examining the five books? Last week, we started our journey through the Psalms, as we considered the way Psalms 1–2 introduce the whole book. This week, we looked at the first 41 Psalms. In particular we traced what I called...

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June 2017 Shepherd's Letter

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  Dear Brothers and Sisters, This last month has been full of activity in our community. We are glad for the opportunity to partner in the gospel with other churches in our county for Community VBS, and thankful for the host families and the many volunteers who served. They devoted time for training, preparation, and then a week of ministry to the children and famil...

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Wisdom, Kingdom, Salvation: A Three-Paneled Window into the Psalms (Psalms 1

The Psalms

Wisdom, Kingship, and Salvation: Looking at the Psalter through Psalms 1 and 2 (Sermon Audio) Few books have had a more personal or profound impact on the worship of the church than the Psalms. And for the next two months our church is going to meditate on their message. But what is their message? And how do we find it? Is it possible to read the Psalms as one unifie...

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A Personal and Pastoral Reflection

The Psalms

Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Psalm 51, Psalm 103, Psalm 110, Psalm 121 and Psalm 139. These are just a few of my favorite Psalms. Through the years, I have prayed these Psalms, memorized them, preached them, and turned to them in dozens of counseling situations. In fact, I remember one Sunday a few years ago when in preaching Galatians, I called an audible and preached Psalm 103, b...

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Marriage Convenient or Marriage Covenant: Six Truths About and Six Threats Toward Marriage (Genesis

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The Bible begins with a marriage, and it ends with a marriage. In fact, the goal of all humanity is a spiritual union between Christ and his bride the Church. In between, we must decide if we will abide by God’s design for marriage or design our own. To be completely honest, every single one of us has sinned and fallen short of God’s ideal for sex and marriage...

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God’s Design for Marriage: A Story and a Song

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Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe her...

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Ministry, Minors, and Millstones: On Protecting the Children We Receive in Church

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On paper, we Americans are all about putting children first. You see it everywhere – from politicians who perennially promise “to leave a better world for our children and grandchildren,” to people who step out of public life to “spend more time with their children,” to otherwise divorcing couples who vow to stay together “for the childr...

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Attempting Great Things for God; Expecting Great Things from God: An Update

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  What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s f...

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