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The Perils of Preaching . . . Ready to Quit?

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Posted by on October 16, 2018 in preaching


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What about Your Blighting Grief?

We sang this song recently at a retreat in Colorado. Notice the words to verse 3:

“My heart is sometimes heavy, but He comes with sweet relief;
He folds me to His bosom when I droop with blighting grief.”

I don’t know if you’ve been drooping recently, but it’s the privilege of the believer in Jesus to take his or her heavy heart to the Lord Jesus — and seek from Him that “sweet relief” that only He can give.  Don’t let your heart be overcome with permanent, blighting grief!   Ask Him today to embrace You in His arms and comfort you in your situation.

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Posted by on October 12, 2018 in grief


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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 119): Part 11

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81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation,screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-5-40-13-am
    but I have put my hope in your word.
82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise;
    I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
    I do not forget your decrees.
84 How long must your servant wait?
    When will you punish my persecutors?
85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me,
    contrary to your law.
86 All your commands are trustworthy;
    help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.
87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
    but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 In your unfailing love preserve my life,
    that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.

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Posted by on April 8, 2017 in suffering


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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 77)

Psalm 77

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

I cried out to God for help;screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-6-00-31-am
    I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
    at night I stretched out untiring hands,
    and I would not be comforted.

I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
    I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
You kept my eyes from closing;
    I was too troubled to speak.
I thought about the former days,
    the years of long ago;
I remembered my songs in the night.
    My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

“Will the Lord reject forever?
    Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
    Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
    Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
    the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters saw you, God,
    the waters saw you and writhed;
    the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,
    the heavens resounded with thunder;
    your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
    your lightning lit up the world;
    the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea,
    your way through the mighty waters,
    though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people like a flock
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

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Posted by on December 11, 2016 in despair


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Time for a Great Quote (John Ortberg on discouragement)

“God is never a God of discouragement. When you have a discouraging spirit Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 6.40.42 AMor train of thought in your mind, you can be sure it is not from God. He sometimes brings pain to his children — conviction over sin, or repentance over fallenness, or challenges that scare us, or visions of his holiness that overwhelm us. But God never brings discouragement.”
John Ortberg


Posted by on January 9, 2015 in discouragement


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