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Psalm 93: Trendy

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Fashion is all the rage in the era of its hottest designers, but eventually every style is swept into history by a new look.

Architecture has stunned humanity for thousands of years, but new materials and fresh configurations make the creations of the past impressive but outdated.

We have marveled at technology in every age, but all that was cutting edge at one point in time eventually becomes archaic in the wave of new discoveries.

All of our creations, though inspiring to mere mortals, only gains us a glimpse of the one and only Creator’s magnificence. His spectacular attributes are unrivaled by brilliant but finite conceptions of us image bearers.

All that we make is trendy; All that He is is timeless. The quality of God’s character is infinite and unsurpassed by anything and everything He has made. Our greatest achievements are but a whispered testimony to what He brought into existence with a word.

May all that our hands fashion direct our gaze to the One who never will go out of style.

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Psalm 92: The Good Life

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The good life … what is it, really?

Is it having what we want when we want it? Is it being the best with the most above and beyond everyone else? Is it spectacular, never-before accomplished feats in human history that somehow set us apart from the average human being? It seems that simply getting ahead of the human race in some form or fashion garners the prize.

But with all our achievements, accolades, and acquisitions, are we genuinely fulfilled? Can we sit back and authentically rest in peace? How much satisfaction can actually be had by surpassing our fellow man? And what about the day when our fellow man surpasses us?

Isn’t it far more stunning that our Creator, despite our frailty and fruitless rebellion, extends infinite grace and mercy to us? Doesn’t it bend our minds to think of a world, a galaxy, a universe perfectly designed to sustain a breath, a heartbeat, and a meaningful existence; quite apart from our performance?

What better way to dwell in this world than in the wonder of His works on our behalf.

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Psalm 91: Refuge

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

What in this broken world do you most fear?

We don’t have to look far or long to find ominous reminders that much in our little corner of the universe isn’t right … natural disaster, poverty, corruption, terrorism, disease, betrayal, humiliation, injustice and death. All of it comes with a cost we hope never comes due at our address.

Is there such a thing as a “safe place?” Can our trembling hearts find refuge in the face of the unknown? Yes!

When our fear finds faith anchored in the faithfulness of God, we are delivered – sometimes immediately and always eventually – from all that threatens to undo us. Our heavenly Father is our fortress and the vast bulwark of His love surrounding us is impenetrable.

We will undoubtedly suffer loss in this life. But none of it will be outside of God’s sovereign care nor beyond His good intentions. He is our hope and He alone can turn our mourning into dancing with promises of ultimate protection.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19

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Psalm 90: Our Moment

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

Let this sink in.

Your life, as full and busy and chaotic and entertaining and timeless as it seems; it truly is just a blink of the eye. Think of it like a breath. There’s eternity … and then there’s your moment; your speck of time in all of time.

As miniscule as that moment is, it is gigantically valuable; monumentally significant. Each day matters not only for that day, but forever. Seriously, forever. What you do with it, what you make of it, how you invest it, the purpose for which you live it is a REALLY BIG DEAL!

Waywardness is wearisome. Complacency is costly. Rebellion against the Creator of all things can only lead to deep regret. Perhaps you’ve already tasted some of that.

Our days were given us by God to treasure; like freshly cut flowers from a doting husband. And yet, they are so easily squandered. Oh that we would grow to appreciate the vast potential waiting to be realized every time the sun rises on our “moment” in history. I have a hunch it would change our lives for the better.

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Psalm 89: Bad

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Bad days, bad deals, bad news, bad breaks … bad things happen to all kinds of people (not just “bad” ones) all around the world. Assurance is truly nowhere to be found among the circumstances of everyday life. They’re just too sketchy! Good fortune can go south in a heartbeat; no warning, no mercy, just a handful of awful cards dealt that must be played.

We live in a world of uncertainty, plagued by endless waves of incidences we cannot control. A broken world will break your heart without the least bit of remorse. Whether it is the chaos of nature, or the chaotic nature of sin-sick people, great pain can be inflicted without rhyme or reason.

To what or whom can we turn?

There is a story, as old as time itself, of One who spoke everything into existence. And even when His image-bearers turned to go their own way, He unveiled a plan made in eternity past for ultimately overcoming all that is evil with all that is good.

He is relentlessly fulfilling that plan, and cannot be thwarted. He isn’t the least bit threatened by what we know as unforeseen; He’s seen it all. He is, if nothing else, and certainly nothing less than faithful … faithful to Himself, faithful to His promises and faithful to His people; despite what circumstances may suggest.

While it is tempting to chase after fleeting moments of relief, or to lose heart in a sea of despair, where better to remain than in the refuge of God’s steadfast love. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of [His] throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before [Him].” (Psalm 89:14, ESV)

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