HERE is the audio of the sermon “Trusting in the Wings” (Psalm 61) that I preached for Trinity Chapel on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
The following is a message I preached in the Trinity Bible College and Graduate School chapel today (September 14, 2016) on Psalm 32 and embracing confession for life. https://www.podbean.com/media/player/2ni4x-62a86a?from=yiiadmin&skin=1&download=0&share=1&fonts=Helvetica&auto=0 Download this episode (right click and save)
“That kind of person is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water. It always bears its fruit at the right time. Its leaves don’t dry up.” (Psalm 1:3 NIrV) The wise are the “happy” and “blessed” (Psalm 1:1). They find themselves consumed by the things which please the LORD. They hang… Continue reading Psalm 1: A Devotional for the Wise
May the Lord hear our cries! May the Lord grant redemption to the ends of the earth! May every tongue, tribe, people, and nation praise the Lord! He has forgiven us and we are forgiven! He calls to life…and we live! He is coming again and He is preparing His Bride! Prepare your people to… Continue reading Prayers and Psalms (for Ash Wednesday)
I was thinking tonight…what if all isn’t “well with my soul”? This hymn which has meant so much to so many just doesn’t seem to do full justice to the need for self-expression in grief. It can at times function more to repress genuine feelings of grief, anger, and despair. It can at times serve… Continue reading What If All Is Not Well With My Soul?
I have found it disturbing (to say the least) that some folks in the U.S. believe that the imprecatory psalms offer a prayer for our current president (from Psalm 109:8). This is nothing if not disgusting abuse of the Scriptures to promote hate-mongering. However, I’m not so simple as to think the Church should not… Continue reading Praying the Imprecatory Psalms
While this may be a bit of a stretch, much of it will actually be read by the end of summer and into the fall season. Many folks have asked what I’m doing now with all my “free time” since I graduated from Seminary. Well…I’m doing lots of reading as well as will be doing… Continue reading Future Reading Plans
God is not safe! Or so I have come more and more to confess. It was C. S. Lewis writing of the deific character Aslan that he was not “safe,” but he was “good.” Being honest, I have tended to meditate on Scriptures like Psalm 121 that speak of our God always keeping watch over… Continue reading God Is Not Safe
7:1-10 – Haman Hanged. After the second banquet, the king once again asked what Queen Esther wanted (“petition” and “request”) and offered her whatever she should ask for. Her answer was to ask whether he truly favored her or not and to make a “petition” for her own life and a “request” for the life… Continue reading Esther 7-8 – The Plot of Haman Reversed
3:1-6 – Haman…the Agagite. Whereas the last we read would have suggested that Mordecai should have been rewarded by the king, we find only the mention of another man who instead receives honors and acclaim from the king…and this man will seek for the destruction not only of Mordecai, but of all the Jews. Haman… Continue reading Esther 3-4 – A Time for Action