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God, Our Shepherd

God sustains us “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4 ESV) You know, when you think about Psalm 23 and this pandemic that we’re in today, I wonder if perhaps…

Washing our Hearts of Worry

The Prayer that Kills Worry “…but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ESV) Anxious for nothing. Prayer in everything. Never worry. Always pray. There are three words used for prayer here: prayers, petitions, and requests. Prayers – general word for talking to God.…

Disinfecting Fear

Disinfecting Fear These are probably the two most common activities in our world today. Everybody’s disinfecting. And most people are afraid. Where has that got us? To a Sunday like a today. What a crazy week! Just this week all travel from Europe was cancelled. The stock market lost trillions of dollars in value. The…

Be Constant in Prayer

“Be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12 ESV). In When you bring up prayer or suggest prayer, there’s lots of talk about prayer. People will talk about prayer, perhaps brag about their prayers, but not actually be IN prayer. An observation about many prayer gatherings is that there is way more sharing of prayer requests than…

Every Day is Sunday

Living Sacrifice “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice.” (Romans 12:1 ESV, emphasis added) “Living” is what stands out here. Why? Because there were hundreds of thousands of Old Testament sacrifices. What was true of all of them? They were all dead. To…

Life in Harmony

“And the Lord said, ‘You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right…

Glory in the Manger

Glory in the Manger Like anything that involves a baby, the focus here isn’t the angels, the shepherds, even Mary and Joseph; all our attention should be on this baby. “And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known…

Everything for His Glory

“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36 ESV) “Everything to Him” Means Everything Matters Everything is part of the everything that is from God, the everything that is through God, the everything that is for God. It means everything in this creation…

Our Incomprehensible God

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through…