Readings for October 29

Psalm 43 • Micah 3:5-12 • I Thess 2:9-13, 17-20 • Matt 23:1-12 You are God my stronghold.    Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning,    oppressed by the enemy?  – Ps. 43:2 There is something refreshing about the undiluted honesty of the psalmist. After proclaiming God to be his “stronghold” he…

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Readings for the Week of October 22

Psalm 1  •  Exodus 22:21-27  •  I Thess 2:1-8  •  Matt 22:34-46 The word “law” has a mostly negative connotation in our minds. We are grateful to live in a nation of laws. We recognize their importance and that culture and community can’t exist without them. Yet we still look at “law” as a restriction,…

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How to Read Pray the Psalms: Part 1

Perhaps the first thing to remember when reading the Psalms is that, in addition to being musical poetry, the Psalms are prayers.  As prayer they are both public and personal. Keep in mind that personal does not equal private. While many of the Psalms were prayed and written as the result of individual experiences they…

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Readings for October 17

Ps 96 • Is 45:1-7 • I Thess 1:1-10 • Matt 22:15-22 Our passage from Isaiah refers to one of God’s anointed named Cyrus. The odd thing about this “anointed one” is that he was not a member of God’s people. He was not Jewish but a Persian king. What makes this interesting is the…

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Readings for October 8

Psalm 23 • Isaiah 25:1-9 Phil 4:4-13 • Matt 22:1-14 “Loving heavenly Father, you are beyond knowing, but for your revelation in Jesus Christ your Son. Teach us at all times to revere and love your holy name, for you never withdraw your guiding hand from those you establish in your love. We ask this…

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Readings for October 2

Psalm 80 • Isaiah 5:1-7 Phil 3:14-21 • Matt 21:33-43  “Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving…

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The Psalms and Us

There are many reasons why I enjoy reading, and praying, the Psalms. I appreciated Jen’s comment when asked why Psalm 88 was her favorite. “Because it’s in there.” The fact that a Psalm of lament was included in Scripture as an example of prayer was a comfort and encouragement to her. It is to me…

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Readings for September 17

Ps. 145:1-8 • Jo 3:10-4:11 • Phil 1:21-27 • Matt 20:1-16 This Saturday we will continue our new series on the Psalms. Many love the Psalms while others avoid them. What exactly are we to do with these song-prayers that were penned and sung thousands of years ago? My encouragement is that we not merely…

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Readings for September 10

Psalm 103 • Romans 14:5-12 • Matthew 18:21-35 This weekend we will embark on a new series on the Psalms. There are 150 numbered Psalms in your bible. Luckily we won’t be covering each one. However, we will explore a variety of Psalms as we learn from them and learn to pray them. Let me…

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