Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 41-STAND FOR SOMETHING
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 41-STAND FOR SOMETHING

Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them—they are counted among the blessed in the land—he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.  (Psalm 41:1-2) STAND FOR SOMETHING I’ll bet you’ve heard the saying, “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything!”...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 40- SEE, FEAR, TRUST
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 40- SEE, FEAR, TRUST

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 39-If you don’t have anything nice to say…
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 39-If you don’t have anything nice to say…

I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; my heart grew hot within me. (Psalm 39:1-3a) If you don’t have anything nice to...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 38- Too Heavy!
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 38- Too Heavy!

My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 37- A Streetcar Named DESIRE
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 37- A Streetcar Named DESIRE

Do not fret because of those who are evil, or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 36- A Message from God?
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 36- A Message from God?

I have a message from God in my heart     concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Psalm 36:1) A Message from God? As a pastor, nothing makes me more nervous than when someone says they have received a “message” from God! Just like Jake & Elwood Blues were compelled...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 35- What to do When it Really Hurts
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 35- What to do When it Really Hurts

Awake, and rise to my defense!     Contend for me, my God and Lord. Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;     do not let them gloat over me. Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”     or say, “We have swallowed him up.” (Psalm 35:23-25) What to do when it really hurts I’m a big fan of competitive swimming. My...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 34-What’s Your Story?
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 34-What’s Your Story?

I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:1-3) What’s Your Story?  I remember reading an article about the history of stand-up comedy in America. It’s fascinating. Popular performance trends...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 33- March Madness
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 33- March Madness

Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous! Praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the LORD with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy. (Psalm 33:1-3) March Madness Last week, we experienced a resurgence of “March Madness.” No, it’s...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 32-Clean Up! Clean Up!
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 32-Clean Up! Clean Up!

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.  (Psalm 32:1-2, ESV) Clean Up! Clean Up! My kids grew up in the age of Barney & Friends (remember that one?) They didn’t actually watch the show very often...