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...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 31-Our Father’s Hands
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 31-Our Father’s Hands

Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God…My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies. (Psalm 31:5, 15) Our Father’s Hands I still remember my dad’s hands. It’s been almost four years since he died on Good Friday last year. He was 87, and he had lived a...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 30-Living Out of Joy
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 30-Living Out of Joy

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.  (Psalm 30:11-12) Living Out of Joy Before I became a Pastor and eventually a Church Planter, I served for over a...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 29- Spiritual Voices
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 29- Spiritual Voices

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;     the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people;     the Lord blesses his people with peace.  (Psalm 29:10-11) Spiritual Voices For the past few years we have been walking through the book of Psalms together. The psalms are an amazing, ancient collection of worship songs for any and every occasion. Some...

Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 28-Active Listening
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Thirsty Thursday-Psalm 28-Active Listening

I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. (Psalm 28:1, NLT) Active Listening Over the years, I have reads dozens of books and articles about effective communication. That includes everything from marriage counseling to leadership, from Fierce...