April 14, 2019
What do you think about God? What is your attitude toward Him?
Psalm 128 challenges our ATTITUDE toward God and our BEHAVIOR that results in response...
For the 9th Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent" it is important that we unlearn and rethink our definition and perspective on 3 key words: Blessing, Fear, and Prosperity. In A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson writes, "We must develop better and deeper concepts of happiness than those held by the world." To "happiness", I would add blessing and prosperity. As we unlearn and rethink we gain God's perspective and find the true meaning of success, happiness, blessing, and prosperity.
April 7, 2019
Ever felt unfulfilled in your work? Or like you were just on a hamster wheel...running hard, but going nowhere?
Psalm 127 shows us a right way and a wrong way to approach our work.
After our little detour last week, we are back to our 8th Psalm in our Songs of Ascent. In this Psalm, Solomon jumps right into the tension of how much is too much when it comes to our work and our effort and God's intervention. Solomon provides us some warnings and instructions, then shares the ultimate example of what results when we align our work and effort with what God is up to in, around, and through us.
March 31, 2019
This week took a different turn...
After last week's Psalm 126 - "Restorer of Joy" message, it became apparent that we all needed a reminder of what God really thinks of us. We are his beloved. He cherishes us. He cannot stand anything that tells us otherwise. So...we went back to the 3rd chapter of Genesis to remind us that God loves us so much that He will go a little "Papa Bear" on our behalf.
We are challenged to NEVER DOUBT that He knows that we are good, beautiful, and pure. And...what He thinks of us is all that should matter!
March 25, 2019
Who is God? Does He care?
Psalm 126 is a testament to God's lovingkindness and assures God's people of His abiding faithfulness...
The 7th Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent", Psalm 126, is a call for hope and patience. It leads us to great truths which support us in life and comfort us in death...it means that life with God ends in triumph! We are not born for tragedy, but for the ultimate good that God is up to in us, around us, and through us. Believe in the happy ending!
March 17, 2019
In what or whom do we put our trust? Our hope? Our confidence?
Psalm 125 conveys deep trust in God's ability (& willingness) to care for the needs of His people...
The 6th Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent", Psalm 125, helps develop confidence and banish insecurity by honestly facing the typical insecurities that hold us back and puts them in their place. We are reminded of the strength and priorities of God...The One from whom our security comes.
March 11, 2019
What do we do in the midst of trouble, trials, suffering?
In Psalm 124, David digs deeply into the troubles of life & finds the presence of the One True God who is On Our Side...
The 5th Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent", Psalm 124, reminds us that God is on our side. He is our help. Always has been and always will be...He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. In this Psalm we are reminded of how God has workED in the past to learn & pay attention to see how He STILL WORKS today & forevermore.
March 4, 2019
Today we have the privilege of hearing Dr. Steve Meyer, orthopedic surgeon and founder of STEMM (Siouxland Tanzania Education Medical Missions), share the story of the miracle kids of Tanzania...an amazing story of God's providence, mercy, grace, love, and what can happen when God's people listen to His call to come together to support and care for "the least of these..."
February 11, 2019
What is our response to distress? What is our reaction when we are in the midst of trials/hardship?
Psalm 123 is both an encouragement and a challenge to us when we are in midst of the great challenges that we face in this life. The psalmist shows us how to live life "in between"...how to watch & wait with hopeful expectation, knowing that our God is always doing his redeeming work in us, around us, and through us!
February 3, 2019
What is worship? What is the purpose of worship? Why do we do it? Why is church important?
Psalm 122 is the song of a person who has decided to go to church & worship...it is an excellent example of what happens when people worship.
The 3rd Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent", Psalm 122, confronts some of our misunderstandings and our false notions about church and worship and challenges us to find the joy in honoring and giving credit to our Creator for who He is and all He is up to in us, around us, and through us!
January 27, 2019
Psalm 121 speaks of nature, time, eternity, & the God who is there through it all. Eugene Peterson says it is, "A quiet voice gently & kindly telling us that we are, perhaps, wrong in the way we are going about the Christian life, & then, very simply showing us the right way."
The 2nd Psalm of our "Songs of Ascent" asks us the question, "Where do we turn when we are in need of help?" We are reminded that God is our rescuer...our Guide...our Protector...our Provider.