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On the Eve of Potential Impeachment…Psalm 146

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Bless the Lord, O my soul…!

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Psalm 103 in Big Sycamore

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1 Of David. Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 

2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits– 

3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 

4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 

5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

vcm_s_kf_repr_832x624 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 

7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: 

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 

9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

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11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 

12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 

13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 

14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. 

15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; 

16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

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17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– 

18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. 

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. 

20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. 

21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. 

22 Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, my soul.

Eye of the Beholder

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I looked into

the mirror one day

and seeing my face

I ran away–

I thought it was my future

a voice within me cried,

“Stop–you silly girl!

That’s your past

turn and see

Light is here Today.”

 

 

 

So GO and Invite!

So GO and Invite!

 

Week 3 Takeaway

Bless the Lord + Flowers

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Weeping May Last for the Night, But…

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There is so much

to weep about in our world recently. Bad things happen as surely as night follows day. (John 16:33) It seems as though our country–along with most other parts of the world–has been experiencing one very long night. Will the violence and human pain never end? Yet for those who find their eternal hope in our great God and Savior (Titus 2:13), Scripture carries the promise of a bright day to follow each and every dark night: “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” — (Psalm 30:5).”

Christians know this biblical promise of God is true, because Christ has already deposited within them the fountain of life and joy–his Holy Spirit (John 7:38; Ephesians 1:13). And this fountain of joy and life is eternal; it can never be quenched no matter how much external circumstances say otherwise. And so we sing–

” “Spring up, O well! — Sing to it!”

Numbers 21:17

Christians know and experience that God’s love and mercy arrive fresh and new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), and therefore unquenchable joy is their strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

 

 

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