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Psalm 22 – God’s Presence in Times of Suffering

As we light our first Advent candle we remember how the prophets and Psalms predict Jesus’ coming hundreds of years in advance. Psalm 22 is a lament during suffering with a hopeful ending.  The suffering is physical, spiritual, and relational.  it is realistic both in its gritty realism and in its lavish praise.  I wonder…

Jesus in the OT: Psalm 8

As we prepare for Advent, we’ll be looking at some of the Psalms which preview Messiah’s coming.  Psalm 8 celebrates God’s creation, and also Jesus’ reign over all creation! Just a few thoughts from Psalm 8.  There’s the beauty of creation, and the dignity of humans created to rule the earth in God’s image.  But…

James 5

Per chapter 5 . . .at first, it looked imposing to me! Lots of seemingly disjointed thoughts about rich people, oaths, patience through suffering and anointing with oil. Not a clean, easy text to walk a congregation through. But then I looked a little closer. I searched for the thread to all these closing discussions…

James 4

Well James has really been digging up the soil, hasn’t he?  He’s tampering with all kinds of things below the surface.  This chapter reads like a treatment plan for selfishness.  Selfishness seems to be the root of all our interpersonal struggles.  It’s what tanks our prayer lives.  It’s what allows us to make life work…

James 3

So chapter 3 is about the use of our words.  Although there’s mention of the tongue as a tool for cursing someone, the major point seems to be on the smooth use of the tongue to teach.  It speaks of how easy it is to have the right words and teach the right words, and…