A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
It’s always amazing when you can find God in the most unlikeliest things. In this case, in my journey to achieve my goal of acquiring two languages, the Lord showed me a connection between being set apart and studying to become fluent. I’ve created a language blog on Tumblr to chronicle my progress and all the things I’m not only discovering naturally, but spiritually as well. I’m hoping you’ll read it and be encouraged by it.
Local news in the area
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Sunday sermons, Wednesday messages
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, “Help Is on the Way (Psalm 37:1-3)”
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, “(Psalm 35:1-3 Study)”
In order to understand verses 1-3 of Psalm 35, it’s necessary to go back to Psalm 34. In the previous Psalm, we learn that Abimelech (King David’s son) has grown to hate David to the point where he seeks to take his life. Right away in Psalm 34 David immediately begins to praise and thank God, even though he knows his son wants him dead. “David chose to praise God… He uttered praises, he shouted of [God’s] goodness, he continued to stand for what was right and he didn’t hate Abimelech. He still loved him because [Abimelech] was his own son.”
Fast forward to Psalm 35 and we see that despite the pain David is enduring (not just with his son, but even people who were once his friends) he is choosing to step back and allow God to handle it rather than try to deal with it all himself.
Let us remember that David was still just as human as any of us. He was hurting, he was tired, but he recognized that only Jesus could fix it. He allowed Christ to be his Buckler and Shield, to be his Protector and Spear. “It was never your battle to fight. It wasn’t meant for you to take all this on.” We say we trust God, but a lot of us constantly keep attempting to handle it all on our own. We say we believe He can do it, yet continue to place trust in people, a job or other things that are doomed to fail us before we put confidence in the Lord. “Are you leaving room for God to come in and be your Buckler and Shield? Are you letting Him have His way in the midst of battle?”
Despite all David had done, he was considered a man after God’s own heart because he could admit where he was wrong. He didn’t blame others for his short comings or missteps; instead he sought out the Lord in repentance and asked what he needed to do to get back right with Him. So we must start asking ourselves the same question, “What true sacrifices are you willing to make in order to line yourself back up into His will?”
THE ART GALLERY
Using artistry to empower the Kingdom
FEATURED PIECE “RAPTURE” BY RAPHAEL SILVA
I came across this awhile back, and I was so intrigued by it, I felt compelled to feature it in The Art Gallery. The artist, Silva, sells his artwork on a site where you can get the pieces individually or you can have them printed onto mugs, throw pillows, bags. You can even get them skinned onto a case (for iPhone, iPad or iPod only) or your laptop.
If you would like to be considered for a feature in The Art Gallery or if you know someone else who does amazing work for Christ, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Events, announcements for the month of October
Dates will occasionally be added to the calendar
- Nov. 9: Pastor & First Lady’s 25th Wedding Anniversary
- Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day
- Nov. 16: Sister Bre’s Birthday
- Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Day