1. Jesus and Your Troubles
    03 Aug, 2018
    Jesus and Your Troubles
    O LORD, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you.  Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!  For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.  Psalm 88:1-3 Maybe you've heard Louis Armstrong's version of the spiritual "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen". If you haven't, here's a link to give it a listen . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVKKRzemX_w In this version of the tune, Armstrong sings . . . Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
  2. The Pure and Sure Word of God
    27 Jul, 2018
    The Pure and Sure Word of God
    The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Psalm 19:7-10 Maybe some of you remember Billy
  3. Gratitude
    18 May, 2018
    Gratitude
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1  I've been thinking about gratitude recently, and those thoughts came to a head last night during a men's small group discussion.   During our discussion last night, we talked about how we often take good things for granted.  We discussed how we often act as if we're entitled to things that are really gifts of God's grace and love. I found myself looking in the metaphorical mirror and not liking
  4. Loving God Means Hating Evil
    30 Apr, 2018
    Loving God Means Hating Evil
    O you who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.  Psalm 97:10 "We're all sinners saved by grace." "We all struggle with sin." "We're all broken." These are just a few phrases you might hear among Christians when someone is talking about sin. And I want you to know, my pastoral radar has started to go off sometimes when I hear them. Now, before I go any further in this pondering, allow me to say that none of the
  5. Numbering Our Days and Seeing What's Most Important
    16 Apr, 2018
    Numbering Our Days and Seeing What's Most Important
    So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.  Psalm 90:12  Last night, our life group considered what we would like our lives to look like at the end of our lives.   We tried to answer questions like . . . What would we want to be able to say to our friends and family about what's important? What would we want our friends and family to say about us? I'm still thinking about that conversation right now. As I consider what I would like to say and what would be said of
  6. Hungry, Hungry Souls
    28 Nov, 2017
    Hungry, Hungry Souls
    Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!  For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.  Psalm 107:8-9 Have you ever played the game Hungry, Hungry Hippos? The game involves four plastic hippos on each side of a game board.  Each of the hippos are operated by levers on their backs. By pressing and releasing the lever, the hippo will open and close its mouth while its head moves forward and back.  This