The Unheard Prayer Psalm 88 We are in Psalm 88 today. It is a psalm of lament. Laments contain a complaint, a struggle, a problem is brought to the Lord. Of the 150 psalms 67 are psalms of lament. There are more laments than psalms of praise. That may surprise you for a book titled “The Praises.” In the psalms…
Psalm 73 The Lord Our Portion A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For they have no pangs…
The Way of Restoration Psalm 51 We are in week five of our series in the Psalm. We started with Psalm 1 that speaks of the blessed man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of scoffers. He delights in God’s word and God blesses him.…
The Praise of the Delivered Psalm 34 Go through events that define you and mark you. God’s people live by faith, experience his delivery, and praise God for it. Live the adventure of faith, see God’s deliverance, and praise him for it. Text: Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he…
The Lord,Our Stronghold Psalm 27 Some of you may be aware, I put this on social media, but we just got rid of a couch. We have had it for seventeen years of marriage. Amanda’s parents had it before that. Now, I know what you are thinking, why would you get rid of that couch? It’s just getting broken in.…
Psalm 2 The Eternal King Text Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, 3 "Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us." 4 He who sits in the heavens…
The Blessed Life Psalm 1 We are beginning a series on the Psalms. The word psalm is greek in origin and simply means song, and one usually accompanied with musical instruments. It translates the Hebrew title tillihim, which means “Praises".  It's the book of praises. These are sacred songs written for the gathering of believers. These songs were compiled in…
Shepherding and being Shepherded 1 Peter 5:1-11 Today I want to talk more about our church community, and what we want it to be like. I want to get into the topic of community in an unusual way. I have pastored in two very different cities over the past decade, and I have noticed two very different reactions to people…
Gifted to Make a Difference Rom 12:1-8 Many of you have heard about the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. It was a reawakening of the church. The church of the middle ages lost the primacy of Scripture and then the gospel. Reformation teachers like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli were huge figures in the church regaining a biblical…
Revival Acts 2 A while back I watched a documentary on the decade of the 1980’s. It was full of Ronald Reagan, Russian cold war, parachute pants, big hair, Michael Jackson and so much more. At one point in the documentary it talked about the worst business decision of the decade. It wasn’t ABC saying no to the Cosby show.…