Joyful Prayer in the Midst of Trouble

“I will sing of the LORD’s unfailing love forever! 
Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. 
Your unfailing love will last forever. 
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens”
(Psalm 89:1-2).

In the midst of his anguish, the psalmist (Ethan) begins his prayer with praise and worship. He recounts God’s majesty, power, mercy, faithfulness, and covenant that David’s descendants would reign as kings forever. Jesus is a descendant of David.

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Who Are YOU?

Worship + Teaching

You’re a sojourner on earth walking hand-in-hand with other believers, led by Jesus to a better country, a heavenly country.

  • You are living stones being united with other believers into a dwelling place for God
  • You are a holy priesthood, a royal priesthood
  • You are a chosen generation
  • You are a holy nation, a multitude of people united by Jesus
  • You are God’s possession
  • You are forgiven
  • You are a sojourner and pilgrim on your way to God’s heavenly kingdom

Almighty God, Creator of the universe, Gracious Father, thank You for sending Your only begotten Son, Jesus, into the world to save Your people from themselves. Jesus, lead us to our heavenly country. We want to see You face-to-face. Amen.

What does your pilgrimage look like?

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The Promise Keeper in a World of Broken Promises

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

I practiced hard. Arms lifted high, I leaped around the house. Repeating angel thoughts and words, I twirled in the white dress, watching the silver tinsel garland on the hem sparkle. The grandest promise of my young years. In a few short days, I was going to dance across the stage with other little angels in celebration of the birth of Jesus.

I have to dance, I’m an angel,” I pleaded with my Mama.

“But you’re sick.”

“Please, please, please.”

Devastated, I felt betrayed. Yes, I was sick. Yes, Mama made the right decision. Yes, a promise that she couldn’t keep.

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God Equips and Leads His People

This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Today, Keith, my husband, is retiring from his second career. Isn’t interesting how God walks us through our lives? We walk through this life enjoying the beauty and pleasures and disdaining the ugly struggles, hurts, and weeping. But when we look back, we can see that we have grown through both the beauty and the ugly.

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