Effective teachers employ different strategies because they know some learn better by talking, some by personal research, some by memorizing steps, and others by creating their own way. God is the ultimate teacher. In Psalm 91 he employs a variety of pictures to help you know how deeply he cares for you. Undoubtedly, some of those pictures will be more meaningful to you than others. Start your meditation on Psalm 91 today, but let it continue all week: re-read it, read it to someone, read one verse and stop to pray about it, write one verse on a three by five card and keep it with you all day, commit to talking about a verse with someone, etc. Find your way to let God teach you through Psalm 91.
Welcome to Summer in the Psalms. Today: Psalm 1. We’re all sinners, but the Bible distinguishes between righteous and godless. God sees as righteous those who have faith in Jesus and serve him. He calls ungodly those who reject Jesus. We’ll let God be the judge of all but we’re here to receive from him the righteousness of Jesus and receive his blessing. Happy are those, Psalm 1 promises, who do. We’re glad you’re with us to pursue a life of blessing from God. If we can further help you, please let us know on your Connection Card.
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Today we kick off our new series, Summer in the Psalms. Struggling with guilt? Overwhelmed by personal illness or struggle? Or maybe you've been consumed by illness or struggle of a family member or friend. Psalm 103 is known as "one of the most beautiful Psalms of comfort" as it points our eyes to our Savior and his love and forgiveness for each of us. May God bless our journey through the Psalms this summer! Be sure to get your Summer in the Psalms booklet, and to sign up for the devotions (st-andrew-online.org/devotions).
Truth is truth whether you know it, believe it, or feel it. The truth is, fire is hot. You know that. Put your hand near it and you believe it. Let a coal fall onto your hand and you appreciate what it means for fire to be hot. It’s the same truth, but what was objective became subjective, personal. You, worshiper of Jesus, are only a worshiper because the Spirit lives in you. You first believed in Jesus at your baptism. Now, as the Spirit works the truth of God deeply into your heart, what is objective becomes personal truth. So, we pray, "Spirit of God, fill us." The result, though, is profound and needed and most welcome. We’re glad you’re here to receive it.
Today we have the joy of celebrating Jesus' ascension into heaven. So much of his earthly ministry was dominated by his humiliation, but today we see and marvel at his power and authority, and we’ll learn what it means for our hearts and lives today.