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This Psalm begins with a foundational premise that all believers need to keep in mind - Be grateful to God all the time and in all things. Why? Because God is good and God is merciful. Our faith in the goodness and the lovingkindness of God will give us hope in the most desperate situations of life. The Psalmist tells us about the homeless wanderer, the rebel in bondage, the afflicted fool and the storm tossed traveler. Each in dire straits, each in need of deliverance that only God could provide. And when they cried out to the Lord, He delivered them out of their distresses in a most wonderful way. But the last verse of the Psalm is very instructive as well - not only for those in distress, but also for those observing those who are in distress. Every one of us can benefit from the wisdom of this Psalm.
Join us as we discover the second of three Advent Promises this Advent 2012.
One of the major signs predicted about the “last days” is that the world will experience “terrible times.” The Greek word used for terrible literally suggests difficult or dangerous. Does this word appropriately describe our time? With the coming Presidential election on November 6, all of us have listened to several debates on how the presidential candidates will resolve the problems of our society. Frankly speaking, whoever wins the election will be facing greater challenges as we move closer and closer to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why do we say this? Well, when you examine 2 Timothy 3, the main cause of our society’s problems is man’s increasing tendency to move away from God and express his or her sinfulness. The reality is that our chief problem is not the economy, unemployment, the rising prices of oil, etc. It is man’s sinfulness being displayed without fear or shame. Notice how the apostle Paul described some of them – lovers of themselves, lovers of money . . . proud, abusive . . . disobedient to parents . . . without self- control . . . not lovers of the good. . . lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. . . You can keep reading 2 Timothy 3 until verse 9 and the list of sinful characteristics continues.
Having been designated as the salt and light of this world, Jesus was emphasizing the special functions of Christians. As salt, we help in bringing preservation. While as light, we bring illumination into this dark world. What do you think would happen if you removed Christians from the world? Evidently, decay will set in and darkness will cover the Earth. If you think life in this world is difficult today, it is absolutely nothing compared to what will happen in this world after believers are taken away through rapture to be with Jesus Christ. Following the rapture, the Bible speaks of a specific period that will take place on earth. It is called the “Great Tribulation” or as translated in the New International version, the “Great Distress.”
Jonah's rescue from the great fish by God and the parallels to Jesus in the tomb and Christians today.
An Interview with Virgil Fry and his experience with loss. Ronnie gives us some possible grieving responses that are typical and some verses to remind us of the hope we have in Jesus.
The Distress of Sin should change our Condition and Disposition before God.
Teaching on words of comfort for distressing times.
Psalm 130 | Songs for the Sojourn: From Despair to Hope | Rev. Elliot Grudem | Christ the King Presbyterian Church | Raleigh, NC