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Just sayin’

“…let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

The beauty of holding your tongue

In studying for today’s lesson on Psalm 73, I read this verse:

If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

The Psalmist was in the midst of a personal thought crisis, and really wanted to speak his piece. But he didn’t, at least not immediately. He waited until his crisis had been resolved. Then he went back and wrote this wonderful treatise on God’s love, God’s sovereignty, God’s eternal provision.

As he retells the story, he leads off with his findings, just so we aren’t “betrayed”.

Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

He goes on to explain the reason for his thought crisis, and then tells how it was resolved.

…until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned…

What did he do? He went to church. He surrounded himself with the people of God. He immersed himself in the teachings of God’s Word. He worshipped the Lord God Almighty. Then, and only then, did he get the answer to his crisis. No Oprah, no Dr Phil. The sanctuary of God.

He ends with these words:

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

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Until I came into the sanctuary of God

“… this book brings us into the sanctuary, draws us off from converse with men, with the politicians, philosophers, or disputers of this world, and directs us into communion with God, by solacing and reposing our souls in him, lifting up and letting out our hearts towards him. Thus may we be in the mount with God; and we understand not our interests if we say not, It is good to be here.” From Matthew Henry on the Psalms

Selfless, not self-centered

Studying in the book of Philippians we see the antithesis of a supremacy philosophy, unless it is specifically the supremacy of Christ.

Paul said this in his letter

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, […]

But I will sing!

But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows […]

Feeling better now, thanks!

I really need to quit feeling sorry for myself. I need to remember this:

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. […]

In addition, rejoice in the Lord

Getting ready for small group lesson tomorrow night. This is how the text begins:

“In addition, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a safeguard for you.” Philippians 3:1 CSB

Paul seems to be saying that, no matter what is […]

Words to live by today

Marks of the True Christian:

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. […]

Really? You want me to do what when?

Ever get upset when someone makes a demand on your time that upsets your plans? Tonight’s small group lesson addresses that, among many other things.

“…in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4.

I think […]

Ireland 2017 – we were there!

We’re starting to look back at our vacation, going through the pictures. We saw a lot, and posted a lot of pictures on Facebook, but there were more pictures – trust me on that. Here is a look at the pictures we took on the first day of our trip, as we moved north from […]