New Sermon Series, June 5
Our new Sermon Series, The Psalms: God's Hymnal, begins Sunday, June 5. This series will explore some of the many themes of the book of Psalms, such as love, belief, happiness, faith and fulfillment.
JUNE 5 | Always Before Me | Psalm 16
In Psalm 16, we focus on the abiding presence of God in our lives – and the accompanying security it brings.
JUNE 12 | The Faith of Fools | Psalm 14
Some Psalms comfort and others challenge, as Psalm 14 does. David openly shares the reality of unbelief in our world and causes us to think and pray about our own faith and commitment.
JUNE 19 | A Father's Love | Psalm 103:13-22
Psalm 103 reminds us of God's great fatherly love toward us. No matter the situations of life, God loves us as His children. In the same way that we expect children to follow the direction and "house rules" of their parents, God's love comes with the expectation that we, as His children, keep His covenant and obey his precepts. He desires this because He wants the very best for us.
JUNE 26 | Longing for Christ's Life | John 4:5-18
Our deepest longings are ultimately rooted in our yearning for the life only Christ can provide. We who died in the garden, who are “dead in our transgressions and sins,” are ultimately yearning to come alive again — it’s why Christ came.
JULY 3 | Independence Day | Psalm 118:1-18
In life, we are faced with trials and tribulations. As we journey through life, the temptations threatened to overwhelm us. Psalm 118 reminds us that God does not forsake us (even when faced with being overwhelmed by our enemies), but rather is with us. Our only refuge is to trust, not in the things of the world, but in Him. When we do, we will discover that we are truly alive!
JULY 10 | Empty Religion | Psalm 50:16-23
While Psalm 14 says unbelief is foolish, Psalm 50 teaches us that empty religion is just as bad - those who say they believe but who live lives that bear no evidence - who act as if God does not exist. Are we "Sunday Christians?"
JULY 17 | Soul Care | Psalm 130 & 131
How can I experience internal stillness, calmness and quiet in a noisy, busy world. Psalm 131 gives us a couple of clues – humility and hope. Our soul longs for the calm and quiet but it more often can be characterized by anxiousness, agitation, stress, guilt, fear,...basically those things that are part of our noisy world. Let's together learn to care for our souls.
JULY 24 | Where Is Your Heart? | Psalm 119
Jesus' Sermon on the Mount was a commentary on Psalm 119 which was also a commentary on the Shema, the core of the Old Testament and of Jewish faith. All three portions deal with the status of the human heart. What are you feeding your heart?
JULY 31 | Enjoy His Blessings | Psalm 84
Our happiness in life is not measured in our things, but in our knowledge and understanding of God, thus not a feeling, but a fact. We are secure in knowing that he will not withhold anything that is His best from us (vs. 11).
AUGUST 7 | Help From Above | Psalm 121
The "traveler's psalm" reminds us that no matter how far we go, God is with us. We are all on a journey through the adventure of life, and the promise of Scripture is that we do not go it alone. Our help comes from God. In fact, everything we need God will provide.
AUGUST 14 | Let God Out of the Box | Psalm 78:35-41
We are reminded of the people of Israel and their behavior. Because of their lack of faith, they wound up limiting the very blessings that God desired to pour out upon them. In their unbelief, they actually kept God "vexed" or bound up. We need to let God be God - and in our obedience and faithfulness receive all that He has for us.
AUGUST 28 | Thirst and Longing | Psalm 63
All that we yearn for in life is met and fulfilled in the wonder of our God, but that comes only as we pause to be with Him.