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GIVE THANKS TO LORD!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by Chris Jarrell | November 25, 2010 |

This passage sums up what why we need to be Thankful!

PSALM 136

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
        His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
        His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
        His love …

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Wait, Waiting & Trust (Psalm 130-133)

Written by Jenilee LeFors | November 24, 2010 | Psalms 130 - 133

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord.” – Psalm 130:5-6 (ESV)

Waiting or patience: Neither of which are my strong-suit. I have a hard time waiting for things I want or desire. I am personally working on being the person that God wants me to be, and yet I feel like a failure most of the time. …

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God’s Timeline vs. My Timeline

Written by Andy Pisciotti | November 23, 2010 | Psalms 127 - 129

The Bible is all about who God was, is, and will always be.  Even though I know this to the core, I often find myself stuck with the question, “How does this relate?” 

Today I read, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)  And then read, “Like …

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Laughter, Song, Joy (Psalm 124-126)

Written by Nina Schmidgall | November 22, 2010 | Psalms 124 - 126

Psalm 126:1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with songs of joy;

Recently, Joel and I were working on our family values – the things with which we want to be intentional in our home.  We came across a resource that suggested some questions to get …

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Repetition is the key to learning

Written by Kurtis Parks | November 20, 2010 | Psalms 116 - 118

When I was a pastor’s kid growing up in the church, one thing I vividly remember my dad saying throughout his sermons was this key phrase – “Repetition is the key to learning.” I think the Psalmist here had the same idea in mind. It is amazing to me how many times the phrase “His love endures forever” is repeated throughout the book of Psalms. If there’s one thing that …

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Praying for Our Enemies- Psalm 109

Written by Heather Zempel | November 19, 2010 |

In Matthew 5:44, Jesus exhorts us to pray for our enemies. But I’m not sure that Psalm 109 is the kind of prayer he had in mind. Will Johnston and I had a little laugh about that the other day. If the Psalms give us a template for prayer for our enemies, we are going to be praying some pretty harsh stuff.

I don’t know who David’s enemy was here, …

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His Steadfast Love Abounds

Written by Will Johnston | November 16, 2010 | Psalms 101 - 104

A reflection on Psalm 103:

Bless the Lord
    from the depths of my soul
Bless the Lord

The whole earth is full of His glory
Every good gift falls down
    from the Father of Lights
His steadfast love abounds

He:
    forgives every wrong
    heals every disease
    pays our infinite debt
His steadfast love abounds

He works justice …

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“Let the earth rejoice!”

Written by Juliet Main | November 15, 2010 | Psalms 97 - 100

Psalms 97-100 are Psalms of praise and declaration where the authors speak of God being our conqueror, righteous and just (Ps 97), sing of God’s joy and victory (Ps 98), praise God for His fairness and holiness (Ps 99) and invite the reader to enter with joy into God’s presence, declaring God’s faithfulness extends to our generation and beyond. (Ps 100).  Throughout these Psalms are beautiful pictures of the earth, …

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God Reigns

Written by Sarah Magallanes | November 14, 2010 | Psalms 93 - 96

Dios Reina
Dios Reina
Por siempre y siempre
Dios Reina…

I just came home from church service at the GALA Theater in Columbia Heights and this song is joyously stuck in my head and in my spirit. Beginning last month, GALA has initiated bilingual services (English and Spanish) every second Sunday. The song above is the chorus of the Spanish version of “God, You Reign.”  …

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Maskil for Life

Written by Sarah Magallanes | November 13, 2010 | Psalms 89 - 92

Though the Psalms are works of poetry and written as lyrics for song, the Psalms are also sources of learning. Almost like a screenplay for our individual journeys, each Psalm offers lament, praise, adoration, reaffirmation, and teaching. That is what Psalm 89 is intended to be. Described as a “maskil,” Psalm 89 is musical in nature but one that is meant to teach us something. Written by Ethan the Ezrahite …

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