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A Psalm of Power and Provision - Psalm 104:1-35

A Psalm of Power & Provision
Psalm 104:1-35

I. God rules over all creation by his power
II. God formed the earth by his power
III. 
God provides for the earth by his power   
IV. God orders time and seasons by his power
V. God directs life and death by his power
VI. God is to be praised for his power and provision

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A Psalm of Waiting - Psalm 130:1-8

A Psalm of Waiting
Psalm 130:1-8

I. Waiting on God teaches us to pray
II. Waiting on God teaches us to evaluate the hope of our hearts
III. Waiting on God teaches us to trust his character

IV. Waiting on God teaches us to depend on Him

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A Psalm of Missions - Psalm 67

A Psalm of Missions
Psalm 67

  1. It is right to seek God's blessings for ourselves.
  2. It is wrong to keep God's blessings to ourselves.
  3. Missions is when we leverage our blessings for the glory of God and the gladness of all peoples.

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A Psalm of Worship - Psalm 97:1-12

A Psalm of Worship
Psalm 97:1-12

I. WHAT IS WORSHIP? 

 “Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am, all that I do and all that I can ever become in light of a chosen or choosing god.” – Harold Best    

II. WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM PSALM 97 ABOUT WORSHIP?    

A. We must continuously rejoice in God’s sovereign reign    
B. We must continuously revere God’s majesty and holiness 
C. We must continuously proclaim his righteousness and look
     for His glory.
D. We must
continuously recognize the danger of idolatry    
E. We must continuously exalt God over all things    
F. We must continuously yield to God’s providence in our
     lives
G. We must continuously rejoice in Him and be thankful

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A Psalm for Fathers and Everyone Else - Psalm 78:1-8

A Psalm for Fathers & Everyone Else
Psalm 78:1-8

I. CHILDREN (AND EVERYONE ELSE) INCLINE YOUR EARS TO YOUR FATHERS

A. Fathers, you must devote yourself to learning what matters most
B. Fathers, you must not hide what matters most from your children and others

II. FATHERS (AND EVERYONE ELSE) INTENTIONALLY PASS ON THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD TO THE NEXT GENERATION

A. We all share covenant community responsibilities
B. We all share Great Commission responsibilities

III. FATHERS (AND EVERYONE ELSE) ILLUSTRATE A LIFE OF HOPING IN GOD TO YOUR CHILDREN AND OTHERS

A. I want my children and others to set their hope in God alone
B.
I want my children and others to remember God’s works – All that he’s done
C.
I want my children to obey God’s word

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A Psalm of Glory - Psalm 19:1-14

A Psalm of Glory
Psalm 19:1-14

I. GOD’S WORKS DECLARE HIS GLORY  

A. The Glory of God’s Power 
B. The Glory of God’s Wisdom
C. The Glory of God’s Beauty
D. The Glory of God’s Goodness

II. GOD’S WORD DECLARES HIS GLORY

A. The Glory of God’s Character  
B. The Glory of God’s Truth  

III. GOD’S GRACE DECLARES HIS GLORY

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A Psalm of Choices - Psalm 1:1-6

A Psalm of Choices
Psalm 1:1-6

I. TWO DIFFERENT PATHS

     1) Blessed is the man that does not follow the path of the wicked
     2) Blessed is the man that delights in the truth of God’s word

II. TWO DIFFERENT PICTURES

      1)   A tree planted by streams of water

-       This person has Provision
-      
This person has Productivity 
-      
This person has Protection 
-      
This person has Prosperity

      2) Chaff that the wind drives away

-       Chaff has no Source of Life
-       
Chaff has no Substance 

III. TWO DIFFERENT PLACES

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A Lesson about Righteousness - Luke 18:9-14

A Lesson about Righteousness
Luke 18:9-14

 The Parable Contrasted

    Two different people.
    Two different prayers.
    Two different pronouncements.
    Two different principles.           

The Pharisee                                                                           The Tax Collector

Some Truths to Consider:

1.      The righteousness that God requires cannot be produced by man.

a.      God’s standard is perfect.
b.      Man’s nature is corrupt.
c.       Self-righteousness is both deceiving and destructive.

2.      The righteousness that God requires is granted as a gift.

a.      Righteousness is a gift of God’s grace.
b.      Righteousness is received by faith.
c.       Righteousness is based on the work of Jesus alone.

3.      The way to be righteous and the way to live righteously begins with humility.

a.      The way of the world is the exaltation of self.
b.      The way of the Kingdom is the humiliation of self.

 

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The Cost of Discipleship - Mark 8:31-38

The Cost of Discipleship
Mark 8:31-38

I. THE COMMAND - FOLLOW ME IN THIS WAY
      A.    Take up your cross

1) Official Opposition
2)
 Shame 
3) Suffering
4) Death

      B.    Deny yourself

II. FOUR REASONS TO DENY YOURSELF, TAKE UP YOUR CROSS, AND FOLLOW JESUS 

1) The paradox of saving your life by losing your life
2) There is no profit in gaining the world at the expense of your soul 
3) Nothing can be given in exchange for the soul
4) Being ashamed of Jesus leads to your own destruction

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Avoiding a Wasted Life - James 4:13-17

Avoiding a Wasted Life
James 4:11-12

I. WHAT WE MUST NOT SAY IF WE WANT TO AVOID WASTING OUR LIVES    

A. Practical Atheists Make Plans Without Any Reference to God
B. Practical Atheists Live Only for Temporary Worldly Gain
C. Practical Atheists Live as though They Are Not Accountable
     to God
    

II. WHAT WE MUST REMEMBER IF WE WANT TO AVOID WASTING OUR LIVES    

A. God Is Absolutely Sovereign Over My Life 
B. The Lord’s Will Always Supersedes My Will

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How God Changes Lives - Colossians 4:7-9

How Jesus Changes Lives
Colossians 4:7-9

Principles to remember when you come to the end of one of Paul’s Letters:

-       All of God’s Word is important

-       God’s Word doesn’t come to us in a vacuum

-       Paul wasn’t just a theologian, but a Pastor to people that he knew and loved

-   God’s purposes include ordinary people doing ordinary things for the glory of God

I.          TYCHICUS

A.   JESUS GIVES US A NEW FAMILY TO BELONG TO

B.    JESUS GIVES US A NEW MINISTRY TO DISCHARGE

C.    JESUS GIVES US A NEW TITLE THAT NO ONE RISES ABOVE

I.     ONESIMUS

A.   JESUS CAN FORGIVE AND RESTORE

B.   JESUS GIVES US A NEW IDENTITY THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING

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