Scripture (in particular the Psalms) commands us repeatedly to "Praise the Lord"; so much so that many wonder if God is the ultimate narcissist. If we dig a little deeper, we will find a God who is not only the opposite of narcissism, but also one who commands praise for our good moreso than His.
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There is no shortage in our culture of voices to be heeded, goals to be achieved, content to be consumed, and tasks to wrap up. Busyness is seen as a badge of honor, as a symbol of importance. The first Psalm offers us a pathway out of our anxious, hectic lives and invites us to dwell on the one voice that matters, the voice that guides us into intimate relationship and fruitful lives in all seasons.
Most of us have had our plans altered for the spring and summer. How would God have us respond in seasons like this?
In Isaiah 57 God speaks through the prophet Isaiah concerning the righteous and wicked. He tells us that He leads us through crisis to restoration and healing; working to bring forth in us the fruit of humilty and contrition.
In our Easter Sunday message Derek Brokke shares three implications of the Christ's statement "it is finished": the end to our subjugation, condemnation and separation.
Chris Pacholczak shares a message for youth concerning their own "Coming of Age".