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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 70 – Emergency!

But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God.You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.  (Psalm 70:5) Emergency! You may not be old enough to remember it, but in January 1972 an exciting new television show hit the air waves. (OK, you may not be old enough...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 69 – Strategic Thanksgiving

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.The poor will see and be glad—you who seek God, may your hearts live!  (Psalm 69:30-32) Strategic Thanksgiving “No matter where you are or what you’re going through, you can...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 68 – Worship as Warfare

May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.May you blow them away like smoke— as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. (Psalm 68:1-3) Worship as Warfare Last week we commemorated Veterans Day in the...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 66 – The Power of Praise

Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.  If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 65 – Halloween Parties

What joy for those you choose to bring near, those who live in your holy courts.What festivities await us inside your holy Temple. (Psalm 65:4, NLT) Halloween Parties This week was Halloween, and for West Michigan we actually had a pretty good night for it! For some people, Halloween means figuring out creative costumes, loading...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 64 – A God for All Seasons

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy. Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers. (Psalm 64:1-2) “A God for All Seasons” A few years ago, my wife Heidi and I took on a little home-improvement project—we replaced the old carpet in...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 63 – Enough is Enough!

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;    my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you,    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.  (Psalm 63:1-3, ESV) “Enough...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 62 – One Thing

One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: That you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what they have done.  (Psalm 62:11-12) “ONE THING” Two Sundays ago I celebrated a special birthday with a whole bunch of my favorite people....

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 61 – Living Above “I Level”

From the ends of the earth I call to you,    I call as my heart grows faint;    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  (Psalm 61:2) Living Above “I Level” A few summers ago my wife Heidi and I climbed to the top of the highest mountain…in North Carolina! Mount Mitchell (elevation 6684 feet) is...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 60 – Riding the Rails

Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom?  Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us and no longer go out with our armies?Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.  With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down...

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