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NEW SERMON SERIES

“ENCOUNTERING GOD – COME CLOSE AND MEET THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU” (PSALMS)

The book of Psalms opens our hearts and eyes to the presence, power, and character of God. In this ancient prayer book we discover how to connect with the One who loves us more than we dare to dream. As we journey together through the book of Psalms, we will expose ourselves to experiencing the transforming power of God.

JANUARY 6th – “The Road to Blessedness” – Psalm 1 – If you had to choose between being blessed or cursed by God, I’m sure most of us would choose blessing. The psalmist is painting a picture of a journey. You are on the road of life and standing at a crossroads. Which direction will you go? How can you choose the road to blessedness?

FEBRUARY 3rd – “The Desires of Your Heart” – Psalm 37:3-5 – We are people overflowing with desires. Our earthly desires seem to grow with time rather than decrease. Verse 4 says that God will give us the desires of our heart. This has been one of the most misused Bible verses of all time. We will look at what it means to “delight in the Lord” and what desires will follow that God will give to us.

FEBRUARY 10th – “Dealing With Godly Guilt” – Psalm 38 – This Psalm is about guilt, Godly guilt. It is different from normal guilt. Godly guilt makes us profoundly aware of our sinfulness and our need for grace. It is a gift from God that helps us turn away from the patterns and behaviors that damage us, hurt others, and break the heart of God.

FEBRUARY 17th - "A Shelter in the Storm" - Crisis comes in so many different shapes, forms, and wrappings. That unexpected phone call or that knock on the door can suddenly and swiftly make you feel like your whole world is going to cave in. God is our safe harbor, our strength, our present help in crisis. In the middle of your storms, God can be more real than ever.

FEBRUARY 24th – “The Roller Coaster Ride of Faith” – Psalm 56 – Have you ever rode on a spiritual roller coaster? One moment you are filled to overflowing with faith; the next moment you are crying out, “God, where are you?” You are not alone. Most Christ followers have rode this ride several times in their life. David, called a man after God’s own heart, rode it as well. To get off this ride we need to admit we are a part of this struggle, we need to choose to trust, and move our focus from the severity of our problems to the sufficiency of God.

MARCH 3rd –“Riding the Fence” - Psalm 62 – Two little phrases can make all the difference between joy and sorrow, fulfillment or emptiness, spiritual growth or stagnancy. The phrases are: “God only” and “God and”. A “God and” person is someone who rides the fence and tries to please God and people at the same time, a person who lives with one foot in God’s world and the other planted firmly in the things of the world. What will it take for us to get off of the fence and be a “God only” man or woman?

MARCH 10th – “Fear Not” – Psalm 91 –A natural response to life’s uncertainties is fear. If we want to overcome fear in our lives, the psalmist tells us that we need to make sure God is our refuge. We need to trust in God’s promises. We also need to realize God’s angels are watching over us. Finally, we need to call out to God and turn our fears over to Him.

MARCH 17th – Guest speaker – Missionary Rodney Fitzsimmons

MARCH 24th –“God Is….” – Psalm 103 – This psalm calls us to “forget not all His benefits” and then goes on to help us remember all those benefits, all of God’s attributes. As we study some of these attributes, we will be reminded of the greatness of the God we worship.

MARCH 31st –“God Is …. Part 2” – Psalm 139 – By the end of this psalm David humbly submits himself to the reality that God is more wonderful than he can imagine or explain. In this psalm we will discover that God is omniscient, omnipresent, & omnipotent. These words capture the rich meaning about who God is & what He does.

APRIL 7th –“Looking For Fulfillment and Satisfaction?” – Psalm 112 – People who are deeply committed followers of Jesus, who seek to follow God completely, as best they know how, have discovered that doing God’s bidding faithfully over a long period of time brings the greatest amount of fulfillment we could possibly know in this life. They have found out that there are blessings that come with obedience: family blessings, material blessings, and character blessings.

APRIL 14th –“The Sweet Scent of Unity” – Psalm 133 – There are few joys in life richer and more memorable than the times we live together in unity. And in all of life there are few pains greater than disunity. Jesus was so serious about the importance of unity among the church that He prayed for us to have complete unity. What can we do to live in deeper unity with others in God’s family?

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