Archive for March, 2016

Matthew 28.6, Mark 16.6-7, Luke 24.6-7 – He is Risen; As He Said

The sermon recording from Sunday March 27, 2016.

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Psalm 37 and Disciples (Devotees, not Curious Crowd or Serious Student) of Jesus

In light of yesterday’s sermon, Psalm 37 is a wonderful reminder of what it is to be a disciple of Jesus. Note in the Psalm the constant tug of the world and the quickly gained, quickly lost prosperity. David is teaching us, “that nothing is better than to practice righteousness by obeying God’s commandments” and “the ultimate goal of the happy life is to be loved by [God]” (Calvin). The fear we face when being called to turn away from the false security of the world, is the fear that God might not keep us. Take some time and meditate on Psalm 37 and the numerous promises that the Lord will not forsake you found therein.

Psalm 37 – Of David.

Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the  Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the  Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the  Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the  Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the  Lord shall inherit the land.

In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.

The wicked plots against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him,
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he sees that his day is coming.

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose way is upright;
their sword shall enter their own heart,
and their bows shall be broken.
Better is the little that the righteous has
than the abundance of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but the  Lord upholds the righteous.

The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
and their heritage will remain forever;
they are not put to shame in evil times;
in the days of famine they have abundance.

But the wicked will perish;
the enemies of the  Lord are like the glory of the pastures;
they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
but the righteous is generous and gives;
for those blessed by the  Lord shall inherit the land,
but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

The steps of a man are established by the  Lord,
when he delights in his way;
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the  Lord upholds his hand.

I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
He is ever lending generously,
and his children become a blessing.

Turn away from evil and do good;
so shall you dwell forever.
For the  Lord loves justice;
he will not forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land
and dwell upon it forever.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.
The law of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not slip.

The wicked watches for the righteous
and seeks to put him to death.
The  Lord will not abandon him to his power
or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

Wait for the  Lord and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
But he passed away, and behold he was no more;
though I sought him, he could not be found.

Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
for there is a future for the man of peace.
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

The salvation of the righteous is from the  Lord;
he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
The  Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

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Matthew 8.18-22 – What It Means to Be a Disciple of Jesus

The sermon recording from March 20, 2016.

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Matthew 8.14-17 – He Took Our Illnesses and Bore Our Diseases

The sermon recording from March 13, 2016.

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Matthew 8.5-13 – The Faith of the Centurion

The sermon recording from March 6, 2016.

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