How To Be A Christian Without Being A Jerk

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Psalm 24

April 1st, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 24:1

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.

 

“Those who dwell within” means God owns me…I am so glad he treats me like his beloved son…

Psalm 23

March 31st, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 23:4

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;

Yes, there is such a place. On the road to Jerusalem. Here is a picture I took.

Don’t want to be there without my Shepherd…

 

Psalm 22

March 30th, 2015

 

 

 

We all remember the first words from Psalm 22:

 

My, God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

 

Jesus cries out on the cross. But, what we don’t often realize is he is remembering a psalm he must have sung countless times, and the end is glorious.  Testifying to the greatness of God to countless generations, the last words speak of completion and triumph.

 

Psalm 22:31

They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!

 

Yes, he has…

Psalm 21

March 25th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 21:4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him— length of days, for ever and ever.

 

 

 

This is from a Psalm of David concerning the king of Israel.

 

The true king, Jesus, asks for this life that he may continue to reveal God to the world through us.

 

John 17:25-26

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

 

Thank you, Jesus!

 

 

Psalm 20

March 24th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Chariots and horses of biblical times are the fighter jets, drones, tanks, and Humvee’s of today. Violence and the threat of violence as our ultimate security is not how God designed us to live. These will always let us down in the end. The only thing that can change a violence-fueled world is confidently acting in the ways of God. Modeling Jesus when it comes to facing threat and violence. Forgiveness and and not seeking revenge.

 

 

Psalm 19

March 23rd, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

 

To perceive God in the natural world you have to seek him and you have to want to discover him. God can’t be too obvious or else we can forget free will and, like us, God generally doesn’t show up where he’s not wanted…

Psalm 18

March 18th, 2015

 

 

 

 

Psalm 18:8-9

Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.

 

God is a non-physical being. The Bible uses metaphors to describe him, like Abba (Daddy), Fortress, and Rock.

 

How about dragon? That’s what this sounds like in Psalm 18. But, dragon is also a negative metaphor for Satan in the Book of Revelation.

 

So let’s stick to Rock…Not The Rock, though…

 

Psalm 17

March 16th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 17:8

Keep me as the apple of your eye…

 

Those who are precious to God are called the ‘apple of his eye’ in four different places in the Bible. Why this term?

 

Traced to its root, it appears to be related to the pupil of the eye. In other words,

 

Always have your eyes on me, God.

 

 

Psalm 16

March 13th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 16:11

You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy

 

Follow God where he leads you and you will be filled to the brim with joy. God is glad to be with you!

How To Be A Christian Without Being A Jerk

Faith in real life