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Psalm 9:1-2 (ESV)

I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds

To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.

 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
 I will be glad and exult in you;
    I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

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Hope that Steadies in these Difficult Days

How tragic and troubling the last month or so has been in our country!  Whether from the destructive forces of hurricanes, the deadly bullets from a madman, or the devastating power of firestorms, we’ve been stunned by how quickly lives and lifestyles can permanently be changed.
 
These events remind us how fragile, brief, and dependent our lives on earth truly are.  Moreover, we should also be reminded that, “… it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27), and “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). Notwithstanding earthly trauma, what could be more terrifying than experiencing the righteous wrath of God for all eternity?
 
Beloved, as God’s blood-bought people, by faith we have the full assurance and strong encouragement of eternal HOPE! This hope springs from our secure salvation in Jesus Christ, and is an “anchor of the soul” amid the storms and griefs of life (see Heb. 6:9-20).
 
I pray your souls may indeed be steadied in these difficult days, and also readied to bear faithful witness of Jesus Christ.  All of us are surrounded by many who have no true hope, and who desperately need to hear the life-giving truths of the Gospel. May God help us be bold, compassionate, winsome, and clear in speaking His truth in love. May we also serve those in need in practical and tangible ways, rightly adorning the Gospel.
 
And may we embrace the truth afresh that “…here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” (Heb. 13:14)
 
Living in hope with you,
Greg

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Isaiah 40:25-28 (ESV)

25 To whom then will you compare me,
    that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:
    who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
    calling them all by name;
by the greatness of his might
    and because he is strong in power,
    not one is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
    and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
    and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.

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Beginning the Book of Hebrews

As a Christian, do you ever get discouraged? With your circumstances, with struggles, with your sin? Yeah…I do too!
 
Our holy and gracious Father knows you and I are easily tempted to be downcast. He knows we’re quick to shrink back from believing and living in light of His great promises and provision in Jesus Christ.  He knows we need ongoing help, hope, and encouragement to persevere in this Christian race. Thus, because our Father is so kind and compassionate, He gave us the Book of Hebrews (along with ALL of Scripture).
 
When we gather this coming Lord’s Day Oct. 1, I’m planning to begin preaching through this great book (which is actually a sermon). The author tells us in Heb. 13:22 that what he’s written is a “word of exhortation”. He wants to encourage and spur wavering Christians on to walk by faith in all Christ is, and all He’s done for us.  The theme could be summarized this way:  Keep at it; Jesus is worth it!
 
I hope you’ll join us Sunday as we begin this journey through Hebrews together.  God purposes to encourage us through His word, and in our gathering to “stir up one another to love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24). I can’t wait!!
 
Grace upon grace,
Greg  

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Psalm 145:17-21 (ESV)

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
    and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

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Psalm 103:1-2 (ESV)

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Of David.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,

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Psalm 145:8-13 (ESV)

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.]

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Psalm 145:1-7 (ESV)

Great Is the Lord
A Song of Praise. Of David.

I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

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Psalm 117 (ESV)

The Lord’s Faithfulness Endures Forever

Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!

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Psalm 34:1-3 (ESV)

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

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