7/2: Psalm 84:1–12, His Presence

Psalm 84 is about our dwelling place.  Where do we live?  Where do we spiritually reside?  The Psalmist says his dwelling place is in the house of the Lord in relationship with Him.  He describes the journey to His house.  He describes the extent he would make to live in His presence.  Where does your heart long to dwell?  We will be exploring the idea of living in God's presence this coming Sunday together. As the Lord leads, read through Psalm 84 this week, spend some time meditating on the entire Psalm, and memorize Psalm 84:12. This Week's Memory Verse: Psalm 84:12, "O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!"   Past Verses: Psalm 1:6, 78:35, 23:1, 138:1 ...
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6/25: Psalm 138:1-8, Our Response

When we experience anxiety, it affects every part of our lives. In our homes we are less prepared emotionally to meet the needs of our family members. Anxiety also affects job performance since it results in absenteeism and burnout. Most of society’s remedies for anxiety are flawed because they do not address humanity’s most basic need — a love relationship with the one true God who made us, knows us, and has the power to restore us. God relates to us as a loving shepherd who provides for all our needs. Therefore, we need not be anxious. We can rest in Him and His providential care. Others may disappoint us or abandon us. He will not. As the Lord leads, read through Psalm 23 this week, spend some time meditating on the entire Psalm, and memorize Psalm 23:1. This Week's Memory Verse: Psalm 23:1, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."...
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6/18: Psalm 23, The Shepherd

When we experience anxiety, it affects every part of our lives. In our homes we are less prepared emotionally to meet the needs of our family members. Anxiety also affects job performance since it results in absenteeism and burnout. Most of society’s remedies for anxiety are flawed because they do not address humanity’s most basic need—a love relationship with the one true God who made us, knows us, and has the power to restore us. God relates to us as a loving shepherd who provides for all our needs. Therefore, we need not be anxious. We can rest in Him and His providential care. Others may disappoint us or abandon us. He will not. As the Lord leads, read through Psalm 23 this week, spend some time meditating on the entire Psalm, and memorize Psalm 23:1. This Week's Memory Verse: Psalm 23:1, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." ...
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6/11: Psalm 78:1-8, The Past

Psalm 78 deals with history.  It deals with the history of the people of Israel and their failure to stay close to God and their covenant with Him.  Parents are called to pass on this history to future generations.  They were to learn about God's character through their history and a recounting of their experience with God.  We will be focusing on Psalm 78:1-8 on Sunday morning.  We have a responsibility to pass on our experience of God and His Word to our wives, children and grandchildren if they are to have a clear understanding of who God is. Guest speaker: John Peña As the Lord allows, read through Psalm 78, meditate on Ps. 78:1-8 and memorize Ps. 78:35. Memory Verse: Ps. 78:35, "They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer."...
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6/4: Psalm 1:1-6, The Path

The Bible repeatedly describes life as a journey. On this journey we face daily choices about which path to take. Do we follow God’s instructions, or do we listen to what the world says? Some people reject God’s way completely. Others constantly struggle to make godly choices. No one gets it right every time; nevertheless, we must always seek to choose correctly.  We will be studying Psalm 1 and the two paths people can select.  One path leads to life, and the other leads to death.  Believers should embrace godly wisdom because obedience to God's Word is the path to true life. As the Lord leads, read through Psalm 1 this week, spend some time meditating on the entire Psalm, and memorize Psalm 1:6....
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5/28: Matthew 28:16-20, The Great Commission

Too often we see the Great Commission merely as something we are supposed to do—a task to check off on our to-do list. Christ’s commission is not about duty but delight, not about a project but a Person. This week’s passage us see the focus is not merely on the activity of making disciples but on the Person of Jesus. We are not just disciples; we are Jesus’ disciples. Our joy is to introduce people to Jesus, who can save them and transform their lives with purpose and power. As the Lord leads, read through Matthew 28 this week, spend some time meditating on Matthew 28:16-20, and memorize Matthew 28:19-20....
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5/21: Matthew 27:32-56, The Crucifixion

Jesus was crucified.  The Son of God died on a cross.  Matthew records this historical event for us to read.  He wants us to know what happened and to understand its significance.  We've talked about the resurrection on Resurrection Sunday.  This week we are discussing the actual crucifixion of Christ, the people involved, the phrases mentioned, and the immediate aftermath.  It's an important historical event and something well worth studying as we gather on Sunday morning. As the Lord leads, read through Matthew 26-27 this week, spend some time meditating on Matthew 27:32-56, and memorize Matthew 27:54. This Week's Memory Verse: Matthew 27:54, "When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”...
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5/14: Matthew 24:15-28, The Olivet Discourse

The Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24) is one of the most difficult passages in Scripture to understand.  It talks about future events, about wars and rumors of wars, about nations rising up against nations, about false prophets leading many astray, among other things.  It brings up the abomination of desolation and its impact in the Jewish community.  But it also gives great hope, describing "the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory!" It's a tough passage.  It's a hopeful passage.  Looking forward to studying God's Word in Matthew 24 this Sunday. As the Lord leads, read through Matthew 24-25, spend some time meditating on Matthew 24:15-28, and memorize Matthew 26:64. This Week's Memory Verse: Matthew 26:64, "Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”...
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5/7: Matthew 23:37-39, The Final Rejection

This Sunday we're dealing with Matthew 23 and Jesus as He speaks woes on the Pharisees and leaders in Jerusalem. The Pharisees are not understanding what God is really wanting from them. There are drastic and unfortunate consequences as a result recorded in this passage. How similar are we to their understanding of a relationship with God? How is God's character revealed in these woes and their consequence? Looking forward to studying Matthew 23:37-39 this coming Sunday. This Week's Memory Verse: "And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” — Matthew 26:39...
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