Monthly Archives: July 2017

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Love is Evidence of Who You Are

Love is not something Christians do, it’s evidence of who they are.  John often begins his definition of what a Christian value is by defining what it is not.  Our text today shows what love is by first looking at the unloving actions of Cain.  Take a look at 1 John 3:11-12 11 For this [...]

By |2017-07-24T11:55:31+00:00July 28th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

God is Our Fortress 2017 | Psalm 46, Isaiah 36

Our God’s help is sure and near!  Often in the Bible, the Lord is spoken of as a shelter in the storm or a sanctuary for his people in the midst of their adversaries.  The Bible says that He is VERY PRESENT during our times of trouble.  Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, [...]

The War Against Despondency | Psalm 43, Matthew 26:36-38

The Bible tells us to fight hard against downcast feelings and despondency.   There is a range of discouragement that begins at a feeling of momentary blues over a temporary setback – like Sonic ran out of your favorite ice cream flavor.  It extends through a vast array of more serious, long term issues ranging from bereavement, [...]

God as Shepherd | Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is often used at funeral services.  Many of you know that I am personally working part-time as a graphic designer to support the work of this church.  A while back, I was asked to create a program for a funeral.  An older lady had died and the family asked for a funeral program [...]

God’s PRESENCE TO BLESS

The Bible explains that in addition to being present everywhere, God can be present in different ways or He sometimes acts differently in different places within His creation. Sometimes the Bible speaks of His presence in a way that simply means that he is actively present to sustain his creation.  Theologians sometimes refers to [...]

By |2017-07-20T20:19:36+00:00July 14th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

What is the difference between Iniquity, Sin and Transgression?

Psalm 32:1-2 says “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” “Transgression,” “Sin,” and “Iniquity” are rarely used words in our language and culture.  Let me take a minute to define them as they would [...]

By |2017-07-20T19:48:20+00:00July 11th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

BLESSEDNESSES

Psalm 1 starts with these four words: Blessed is the man… Psalms was originally written in Hebrew.  The Hebrew word translated “Blessed” (Esher) can also be translated as “happy,” but the connotation of the word “happy” is not the same as the word “blessed.”  Translating it as “happy” can be confusing. The word (Esher) [...]

By |2017-07-20T19:15:21+00:00July 7th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments