confidence and joy

The greater a person’s confidence
that God will provide abundantly
in every situation and circumstance,
no matter what, the greater her joy.
The Lord will provide–that’s His name.
Jehovah Jireh, God will provide!
He would not sully His good name
by leaving one of His children unattended.

So Abraham called the name of that place,
“The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day,
“On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
Genesis 22:14 ESV

Scripture: Genesis 22:1-19, Philippians 4:19

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prayer for pressing on

Lord God,
Please give me a discerning spirit,
with wisdom and good judgement,
discretion and understanding.
Help me to be strict with myself,
but merciful with others.
Help me to love the way You love.
Correct quickly any thought or attitude
that wanders from Your truth.
Direct me in the path of obedience
to Your Word, because Jesus died
and lives for me, and His righteousness,
in standing, is already mine.
Amen.

Scripture: Philippians 3:12-16

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the good life

Life
with God
is good.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; 
the Lord bestows favor and honor. 
No good thing does he withhold 
from those who walk uprightly. 
Psalm 84:11 ESV

And then, after considering those good things,
the psalmist is compelled to say:
O Lord of hosts, 
blessed is the one 
who trusts in you!

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Timber!

Unless you’ve hit a golf ball that’s about to conk someone in the head,
a tree is about to fall, or you see someone inches away from danger,
quiet is best.

“…aspire to live quietly.” 
1 Thessalonians 4:11a ESV

Also: 1 Peter 3:1-6

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God doesn’t lie

If God can not be trusted,
then the whole Bible is a lie.
But we know the Bible is true–
and God can be trusted.
So…
“Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit the righteous
to be moved” (Psalm 55:22 ESV).

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good news

This just might be the best news you’ll hear all week.
It’s my take-away from Sunday’s sermon:
God will never regret saving you.

Who is to condemn?
Christ Jesus is the one who died–
more than that, who was raised–
who is at the right hand of God, 
who indeed is interceding for us. 
Romans 8:34 ESV

Also: Romans 8:31-39, Philippians 1:6, Hebrews 7:23-25

[Sermon on August 21, 2016, Christ Church, by Eric Bjerkaas]

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nice

When we are nice to people,
chances are, they will be nice back.

A soft answer turns away wrath, 
but a harsh word stirs up anger. 
Proverbs 15:1 ESV

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something to think about

It’s just as important to think about eternal things,
as it is not to obsess over things that won’t last.

Set your minds on things that are above,
not on things that are on earth. 
Colossians 3:2 ESV

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children of God

We will never be adults of God,
but always children…
always growing,
always learning,
always maturing,
always needing discipline,
love, encouragement
and instruction from
the One who knows us best,
but still loves us most.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, 
that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 
1 John 3:1 ESV

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God’s investment

God is so invested in His people,
He meets with them whenever they wish.

This is true of Israel:
“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God.
The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people
for his treasured possession, out of all the people
who are on the face of the earth.”
Deuteronomy 7:6 ESV

And the Church:
Galatians 3:7-9, James 4:8, Titus 2:11-14, and 1 Peter 2:9!

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sin and restoration

We need not live under the guilt of our sin,
when there is a Savior who is ready to restore.

Have mercy on me, O God, 
according to your steadfast love; 
according to your abundant mercy 
blot out my transgressions. 
Restore to me the joy of your salvation. 
Psalm 51:1, 12a ESV

Psalm 51 is a must read,
for those suffering because of their sin.

Also: Micah 7:18-19, Psalm 103:8-14

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God our delight

We praise the Lord
for His many blessings,
and we enjoy to the fullest
every good thing He gives.
But our deepest delight
is not in the gift, but the Giver,
and our joy in the treasure of His Word.

In the way of your testimonies I delight 
as much as in all riches. 
I will delight in your statutes; 
I will not forget your word. 
Psalm 119:14, 16 ESV

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certain faith

The faith God gives is a
saving sincere stubborn faith
that will not let go of God.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. 
And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. 
Ephesians 2:8 ESV

Also: First Peter 1:3-9, Ephesians 2:1-10

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safety for sinners

When past sins haunt us,
and the devil taunts us,
we have One to whom we can run!

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; 
The righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10 NKJV

Also: Psalm 103

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slow but sure

The Bible is best read slowly,
verse by verse, and with each one
asking God why these words
are so important that He
included them in His Book.

Open my eyes, that I may behold 
wondrous things out of your law. 
Psalm 119:18 ESV

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