What part of your life is still "wet cement," not yet set? You've probably asked, "What is God's will for that choice I have to make?" God does speak to your question, but maybe in a surprising way. We’re glad you’re with us today to meditate upon the guidance we receive in Psalm 25 and, even better, to encounter the Guide. If you’re new to us, we’d love to serve you. Feel free to contact us via any method on the back page…or in person today.
The Psalms aren't simply to be read; we are to be immersed in them so that they profoundly shape how we relate to God and each other. Luther called the Psalms a “mini Bible” because in them we receive an overview of salvation history from creation through Jesus' return and the renewal of all things. But the Psalms are more than theological instruction. They're also a medicine chest for the heart and the best possible guide for practical living. The church father, Athanasius, wrote, “Whatever your particular need or trouble, from this same book [the Psalms] you can select a form of words to fit it, so that you . . . learn the way to remedy your ill." Psalms anticipate and train us for every possible spiritual, social, and emotional condition—they show us what the dangers are, what we should keep in mind, what our attitude should be, how to talk to God about it, and how to get from God the help we need. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend our summer…together.
Have you said, "I won't believe it until I see it?" We live in a "seeing is believing" world. So did Elisha. He prayed simply for his servant, "Open his eyes, Lord, that he may see." The Lord's answer changed everything for him. Pray with the people of God this Thursday at 7:00 PM or Sunday at 8:00 or 10:30 AM for the Lord to open our eyes to see the glory of the Lord.
There is real darkness all around, but there is also light—and that light is good, helpful, and powerful. Even though the light and the dark are usually talked about as opposing forces locked in a battle (think Star Wars, Shakespeare, or the sacred books of most religions), the Bible actually has a somewhat different narrative about what the light is, means, and does. Today we’ll explore just that.