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An Invitational Command

“Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.” (Psalm 134:1–2) When we started this study [...]

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Good and Pleasant

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of [...]

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“Instead, I have calmed and quieted my soul like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like a weaned child.” (Psalm 131:2, CSB) In this verse, David paints a wonderful picture for us of [...]

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How to be Happy

“How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!” (Psalm 128:1, CSB) The first thing you notice when reading Psalm 128 is the word “happy.” It grabs your attention, doesn’t it? I [...]

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Face Masks and Civil Disobedience

I wanted to share with you something I communicated on Sunday, but our whole church body needs to hear. Face masks. It is a divisive issue in our world. We cannot let it divide the church. Since [...]

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De Profundis

“Out of the depths I call to you, Lord! Lord, listen to my voice; let your ears be attentive to my cry for help.” (Psalm 130:1–2, CSB) My mom used to say I was “trouble” with a capital T. It [...]

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Leaving the Lies Behind

“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.” (Psalm 120:1–2) Psalm 120 isn’t the happiest of psalms. The psalmist begins in [...]

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The Lord is on Our Side

“if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, then they would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger against us. Then the water would have engulfed us; the torrent would [...]

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The Freest People on Earth

“I lift my eyes to you, the one enthroned in heaven. Like a servant’s eyes on his master’s hand,… so our eyes are on the Lord our God until he shows us favor.” (Psalm 123:1–2, CSB) Psalm 123 is [...]

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Work!

“On the seventh day God completed his work…” (Gen. 2:2) The Bible begins with work. God’s creation of the world is called work. Adam, made in God’s image, was created to “work it (the Garden of [...]

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The Importance of Worship

“I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”” (Psalm 122:1, CSB) It was Winston Churchill who first said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste” in the context of [...]

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Safe and Secure

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion. It cannot be shaken; it remains forever.” (Psalm 125:1, CSB) When the psalmist says that those who trust in the Lord can’t be shaken or moved, is [...]