June 30th, 2015
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June 9th, 2015
June 2nd, 2015
May 26th, 2015
“We sing this Psalm to the praise of God, because God is with us, and powerfully and miraculously preserves and defends his church and his word, against all fanatical spirits, against the gates of hell, against the implacable hatred of the devil, and against all the assaults of the world, the flesh and sin.” – Martin Luther.
Psalms 46 is often called Luther’s song because it was one of Martin Luther’s favorite songs to sing. When anyone was worried or surrounded by trouble, Luther would say, let us sing Psalm 46.
Psalms 46 is a Psalm of Confidence. It is a Psalm to be sung when we are afraid, when it feels like our enemies are surrounding us. Luther wrote 36 hymns but his hymn based of Psalms 46, A Mighty Fortress is our God: Read the rest of this entry »
May 19th, 2015
May 12th, 2015
Last week Penny had mentioned that we should study the Psalm that corresponds with our age. It was a fun statement because she knew that I would be turning 40 later this month. Here I am studying Psalms 40 in depth. Don’t you love the timing of the Lord?
I can’t seem to get away from this number 40 this week. In between my time of preparing this bible lesson, I have been working on our churches 40 Days of Prayer, prayer chain. In my morning devotional time, I have read about how Noah opened his ark window on the 40th day to see if the waters receded and how Jesus was tempted 40 days and 40 nights. This brings to memory, that there the Israelites were tested for 40 years in the wilderness wanderings, the Israelite spies searched the promise land 40 days before they brought back fruit, Moses was on the mountain 40 days with God a couple of times, Goliath strutted before the Israelites for 40 days, twice a day before being killed by David’s stone. Read the rest of this entry »
May 5th, 2015
April 28th, 2015
There are some things you just can’t throw away in the garbage. They have to be disposed of properly because they contain hazardous materials such as chemicals that harm the environment when buried. Aerosol containers, paint thinners, old paint cans, chemical bottles, medications, batteries. These are things we can’t just throw in the garbage. They can’t be buried. There is a proper way to dispose of them. Usually you have to take them specifically to a hazardous waste drop off facility in your area. Since this is so cumbersome and because sometimes these facilities are only open certain times of the year, these hazardous waste materials often accumulate in our garage.
Dealing with sin in our lives is very much like dealing with hazardous waste. We can’t just cover up and bury our sins to dispose of them as we would like to. They require special handling, special disposal and there is only one place we can get rid of them and that is through giving them to Jesus, confessing them to God and receiving forgiveness and his special covering over our sins that seals them away forever from us and others so they have no future hazardous effects on our lives and the lives of others. Read the rest of this entry »