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December 24, 2017

“She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger…” LUKE 2:7 The angel Gabriel had said that this baby of Mary’s would be great and be called the Son of the Most High. He would be given the throne of his father David, reigning over a kingdom that would never end! So given...

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Sunday August 20, 2017 Summer Psalm Series—Recap

Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come. Psalm 71:3b This summer we have focused on the book of Psalms. The series is titled In the Shadow of the Rock. The Psalms teach us to seek God for refuge, and we do so through prayer. Each week we have looked at...

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Sunday, August 13, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 139

We are nearing the end of our summer in the Psalms. This past week, Kenny Clark took us through Psalm 71. David wrote this psalm as an old man. He was again facing enemies, unjust criticism, even apparent abandonment by God. In his distress, David runs to God as his refuge. Kenny pointed out some...

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Sunday, August 6, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 71

This summer in the Psalms we have seen marvelous portraits of our great God and Savior as penned by men of true faith. Many of the psalms we have looked at were descriptive of personal faith in God. This past week, Eric Twisselmann led us through Psalm 46, a corporate declaration of faith. All Israel,...

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Sunday, July 30, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 46

This past week, Don Allen took us through Psalm 63. This psalm is a hymn by a soul earnestly seeking God, his greatest desire. Don pointed out the many reasons David yearned for God and why those reasons apply to us, too. We all face storms and difficulties which are out of our control. Our...

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Sunday, July 23, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 63

What glories we have glimpsed this summer in the Psalms! We have marveled at the portrait of the Perfect Man in Psalm 1. We looked at how God has revealed Himself to man and man’s correct response to that revelation in Psalm 19. A model of godly repentance challenged us in Psalm 51. We saw...

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Sunday, July 16, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 2

This past week, Randall Gruendyke helped us understand from Psalm 122 that it has always been God’s purpose to gather His people together in one particular place under His rule. In Eden, in the City of David, in the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ and finally in the New Jerusalem, God has been preparing...

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Sunday, July 9, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 122

Last week, Erik Thoennes exhorted us to a deep sense of godly sorrow over our sin. He showed us in Psalm 51 a model of agreeing with God about the depth, extent and awfulness of our sin. This godly sorrow should break our hearts, a condition God can use to lead us to true repentance....

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Sunday, July 2, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 51

Last week, Erik Thoennes led us through Psalm 19, which C. S. Lewis considered the “greatest poem in the Psalter.” In Psalm 19, the psalmist expresses his wonder and delight in the revelation of God to mankind through His creation and through His Law.  David loves God’s Word, finding the law “more precious than gold,”...

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Sunday, June 25, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 19

“Prayer is answering speech. God’s Word has not done its complete work until it evokes an answer from us. All our answers are prayers. The Psalms train us in this answering speech, this language that responds to all God’s creating and saving words targeted to our lives.” “We know almost nothing of the circumstances in...