But it’s only half the story. Faith is half of the spiritual one-two punch that deals a death blow to the devil. Faith is important, but it wasn’t until last week, re-reading about Abraham, that I noticed the other half, the part that’s often over-looked and hardly ever touted for its importance.
8/20/17. Week 10 in Summer Psalms. The End of Self-Supremacy (Psalm 73).
We took a moment as a whole congregation to consider the historical moment in the world, and in our nation, to pause and interpret these things through the lens of Scripture. We let the Word of God as a whole, and Psalm 73 specifically, interpret current events for us.
(Quotes shared also appear on blog page.)
// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 73 (part one) #SummerPsalms
8/6/17. We welcomed a new friend visiting from Uganda, along with Paul Hunter sharing. Pastor Robert Sityo of Jinja was visiting the States in part to be at the Next Generation Ministries annual BBQ gathering, for stories, sharing, and fundraising for NGM. We’re grateful for his partnership with Paul and Pam Hunter for much more than the last decade plus.
// Paul Hunter sharing then Robert Sityo preaching on Acts 9 #NGMUganda
7/16/17. Week 6 in Summer Psalms. Wide, Wider, Widest Joy (Psalm 65)
In talking with our kids we discovered a simple truth: if our enjoyment of something can only have right now and in our preferred way, we will not only miss out on life, we will also injure others.
This is a symptom of self-centeredness, and the Father is actively training the opposite direction: that we as His kids of Grace, can learn contentment in every circumstance, cultivating wide, wider … even the widest … joy.
// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 65; Romans 8:1-6 #SummerPsalms
This week we continue our Summer adventure in the Story Catechism. Take it with you!
The eleventh chapter of the Story Catechism is about the Great Rescue:
God’s love is bigger and better than sin.
God would never stop pursuing His creation (us).
God’s love story is about Jesus.
God’s love story about Jesus is called the gospel.
The gospel means that Jesus came to rescue us.
#RenewKids #RenewFamilies #LearningTogether
7/9/17. Week 5 in Summer Psalms. Wait-Wait, Do Tell Everyone (Psalms 40-41).
Learning to wait upon God is the chief discipline of faith. It is learning to live by faith, which has benefits in this life and reward in the life to come.
David’s value of worshiping God, and waiting upon the Father’s face, grace, and timing, became an earnest conviction and shaped how he faced life, and faced God.
// Renew Elders update then Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalms 40-41 #SummerPsalms
7/2/17. Week 4 in Summer Psalms. Truth & Light for the Downcast Soul (Psalms 42-43).
When we are downcast we always respond poorly, which is why we need to grasp why we’re downcast, how to speak truth and light to our souls, and what it means to put one’s hope in God when life looks dim and bleak.
The writer of this pair of Psalms helps us understand the yearnings and opportunities of what takes place when our souls are downcast.
// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalms 42-43 #SummerPsalms