This is an old person’s psalm. Sorry, but it is. It is the psalm of someone – probably King David – who is at the end of his life. It is the psalm of someone who has seen many troubled days, who has walked through the fire. It is the psalm of someone whose hair is grey and whose body is weak. It is the psalm of someone who is almost begging to go home to heaven. It is the psalm of someone who is begging God, at the end of their days, “Don’t leave me now!” And yet, though this psalm comes from the heart of someone who is at the end of their life, this psalm is full of hope for people in any season of life. This psalm is full of hope for those who are just starting their journey of faith. This psalm is full of hope for those who are growing up. This psalm is full of hope for those who are adulting now, who are grown and who are trying to handle the curveballs that life throws. And this psalm is especially – yes, especially full of hope – for those of you whose hair is grey. So, if your hair is grey, this is one psalm that you might make part of your daily prayers. This is one psalm that might be good for you to know and to pray as you wait for Jesus to take you to heaven.
This was going to be a sermon about budgets and money management - God's way. But God's Word has a way of guiding our thoughts in a different path. And so this will not be a sermon about budgets. This is not a sermon about money. This is a sermon about vocation. This is a sermon about our callings. This is a sermon about how God does his work in the world. And wonder of wonders, he let's us be a part of it! Listen in and marvel with us.
As America moves further and further away from being a “Christian nation”, culture and even church opposition continues to increase. There is a greater need than ever for perseverance, wisdom, and courage to stand with Christ. There is a greater need than ever to stand on the Scriptures and to cling to Christ. Jude calls us to this fight and urges us to “Fight for the Faith” in this one-chapter book. Today, as we continue our series through the book of Jude, he identifies for us our opponent, who and what we’re up against in this fight for the faith. Listen in and find out where we find our greatest freedom and enjoy the greatest victory. Jude 3-4
It's time to dismantle the forces that take the joy out of life and lead us to sigh. And that is precisely what Paul does for us in Romans 7. In this final message of the series, Paul dismantles our relationship with the law and set us free to live in joy in our new relationship with Jesus. Romans 7:1-6
If you aren't sure if God loves you, you need to read this section of Scripture. If you aren't sure if God is on your side, you need to read this section of Scripture. If God feels more like a fiend than a friend, you need to read this section. If you feel like God isn't good and you're growing bitter, you need to know this section of Scripture. Paul demonstrates to us the truth that God does in fact love us. Romans 5:6-11
As we’ve walked through this ONE series, we’ve seen repeatedly that there is only ONE. Through faith we’re part of the ONE body of Christ. We’re part of the ONE church of Jesus. We’re part of the ONE family of God. And we’ve been sent forth on ONE mission, to make the name of God great in all the world. We’ve focused largely on the often hidden and invisible reality that we are truly ONE body, ONE church, with ONE mission. Today, as we wrap up this series we’re going to listen to Paul as he teaches the Corinthians about how to work on the visible and the seen. He’s going to teach us to work for a greater and deeper external unity. We are a unified church. Paul is teaching us work at this unity. He is teaching us to work hard to preserve and keep unity in the body both doctrinally (in our teachings), practically (in the things that we do), and in all of our relationships with each other. There is a very real unity. And in these words of farewell Paul teaches us to work for greater and deeper unity. 2 Corinthians 13:11-14
Sin is such a powerful thing. Temptation tugs at us every step of the way. Our fall into sin and a denial of Jesus isn’t a matter of if, but when. Through it all, however, Jesus is right with us. He warned Peter before his denial. He called him back during his denial. He forgave Peter and received him back after Peter’s denial and repentance. He will not leave us. We will not be ashamed. Mark 14:26-31, 66-72