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We are going to leave our study in the book of Acts this week to look at this psalm. This is a psalm of ascents, which means it was likely sung by Israelites as they neared Jerusalem on their way up to worship the Lord at an annual feast, such as Passover. more
This passage highlights for us another stop in Paul’s first missionary journey. Paul and his companions left Cyprus and traveled to Asia Minor, the location of modern day Turkey. more
Please turn in your Bible to Matthew 5:1-12. Over the last three weeks, we have looked at the character of the Christian as it is described in the Beatitudes. In relation, more
The best indication that Larry Elder was going down hard in the California recall wasn’t the polling, although that all swung the wrong way in the final weeks, but his suggestion late in the campaign that Democrats were going to steal the election. more
In a diplomatic coup, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a deal last week with the U.K. and U.S. to have those Anglo-American allies help build a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia. more
Luke records for us in this passage the first mission team sent off by a church, taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. The church in Antioch was led by the Holy Spirit to set apart Paul and Barnabas for mission work (verse 2).  After fasting and praying, the church sends them off. We learn some important principles of missions here. more
Please turn in your Bible to Matthew 5:8-10. Over the past two weeks, we have surveyed various “character qualities” that Jesus pronounces as “blessed” in the first part of the Sermon on the Mount. more
Not too long ago, supporters imagined Joe Biden might be the next LBJ, and perhaps they were right — just not how they thought. more
In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, former President George W. Bush’s theme was national unity — and how it has been lost over these past 20 years. more
This passage depicts two different powers at work. In chapter 11, when Christians at Antioch preached Christ to Greeks, the “hand” of the Lord was with them and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. The “hand” of the Lord refers to his power. more
Please turn in your Bible to Matthew 5:6-7. As we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord Jesus Christ tells us what it means to live as Christians in the world where He has placed us. more
So said President Franklin D. Roosevelt of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, and how very American. For, from its first days, America has colluded with autocrats when the national interest demanded it.  more
David is in a crisis. He established earlier in the psalm that God delivered him from the pit of destruction and set his feet on solid ground. The Lord put a new song in his mouth, a song of praise for the salvation of his body and soul. It is this deliverance that teaches David how to respond to a crisis or tribulation. more
Please turn in your Bible to Matthew 5:1-5. As we continue our study in the Gospel of Matthew, we now come to the Sermon on the Mount where our Lord gives us a picture of the life of those who are members of His kingdom more
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, more
Talk about a catastrophic success. more
“April is the cruelest month,” wrote T. S. Eliot in the opening line of what is regarded as his greatest poem, “The Waste Land.” more
This psalm begins with remembrance and thanksgiving for a past act of deliverance David experienced from the Lord. more
Please turn in your Bible to Matthew 4:23-25. In this passage, Matthew turns his attention to the teaching and proclamation of our Lord as he gives us a summary of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. more
Luke transitions form the joyful, flourishing new church in Antioch to details about terrible persecution breaking out in Jerusalem. more
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