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From Exaltation to Exile: The Tragic Fall of David’s House

The Psalms

From Exaltation to Exile: The Tragic Fall of David’s House In his chapter on the Psalms, Paul House writes of Book 3, Psalms 73–89: Subtle shifts in tone, superscriptions and content leading up to historical summaries in Psalms 78 and 89 indicate that part three [Psalms 73–89] reflects Israel’s decline into sin and exile. This national demise occu...

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Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

The Psalms

This last Sunday we looked at Psalm 73. This psalm displays Asaph’s struggle as he observes the wicked prospering while the righteous suffer. Asaph looks horizontally and sees the prosperity of the wicked and how they mock God. He then shifts his focus heavenward and finds correction for his heart. It is then that he can say, “Whom have I in heaven but you?&rdq...

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July 2017 Shepherd's Letter

Shepherd's Letter

  Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our Good Shepherd provides for His flock out of His all-sufficient grace, and our cup overflows. We pray that these summer months in the Psalms will encourage and refresh your soul, and that you will find refuge and rest in Christ. Whether you have been able to slow down and take time away with family, or things continue at DC’s fr...

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NextGen Kids: A Program with A Purpose

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Church programs can be dangerous. Most of the time, the danger lies in that many programs tend toward losing purpose, and often begin to serve the program itself rather than its intended purpose. We’ve probably all been a part of church programs that have long outlasted their relevance or effectiveness. That’s how (as an example) a church ends up spending thou...

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The Cross, the Crook, and the Crown

Psalms soundtrack

This last Sunday we considered three Psalms (Psalms 22-24) as a single unit telling one unified story. You could even label this trilogy "The Cross, the Crook, and the Crown." While each is a complete poem in and of itself, we have a more complete picture when we view them together . They are also a trilogy from the standpoint of how we understand the narrator in each of ...

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Christ in the Psalms

The Psalms

Do you see Jesus in the Psalms? Where do the Psalms teach us about Jesus?...

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

Psalms soundtrack

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

Shepherd's Letter

  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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