Thoughts on Psalm 23 — 7: Impatiently Waiting for Heaven

Day 7 of Thoughts on Psalm 23 “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm‬ 23:6,‬ ESV‬‬).‬‬‬‬‬‬ Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m an extremely impatient person. I get so excited for things that I don’t wait well. I constantly track packages I’ve ordered and keep watch for the second they arrive at my house. I’ve camped out for the new iPhone more times than I…

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Thoughts on Psalm 23 6: Defined by Goodness and Mercy

Day 6 of Thoughts on Psalm 23 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm‬ 23:6‬, ESV‬‬).‬‬‬ Goodness and mercy—these are just two of the many wonderful characteristics of God. We can sin, fall away, disobey, doubt or worry, but it will not change how God responds. He consistently responds with goodness and mercy, no matter our behavior or attitude. Just stop and think how amazing…

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Thoughts on Psalm 23 5: Dining in Danger

Day 5 of Thoughts on Psalm 23 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Psalm‬ 23:5,‬ ESV). ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Picture this with me for a minute. Imagine you are on a battlefield. Enemies are surrounding you, ready to attack. Their weapons are drawn, ready to take you out. Just then, your commanding officer sets up a table with the…

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Thoughts on Psalm 23 4: Trials and Faith

Day 4 of Thoughts on Psalm 23 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4, ESV). What is your greatest desire as a Christian? All of us should want to have a more intimate relationship with our Lord. But what is our expectation on how we can realistically…

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Thoughts on Psalm 23 3: Finding Beauty in Broken Things

Day 3 of Thoughts on Psalm 23 “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3, ESV). I’ve always been fascinated by restoration projects. With reality TV, there are plenty of shows that center around these projects, and they are so fun to watch, following the process from start to finish. Items or houses that have been damaged and are falling apart are restored…

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Thoughts on Psalm 23 2: Rested and Satisfied

Day 2 of Thoughts on Psalm 23 “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters” (Psalm 23:2, ESV). Fear. Worry. Too often these can take complete control of our lives. They consume our minds and impact us physically, spiritually and emotionally. It’s no wonder David compared us to sheep. Fear and worry are built into the DNA of sheep. They panic at the smallest sound. It’s…

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Thoughts on Psalm 23 1: My God, My Shepherd

Day 1 of Thoughts on Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1, ESV). What do you think of when you think about God? If you’re like me, I think of Him as Creator. I think of someone in power and authority. However, the psalm writer, David, had a different thought entirely. He chose to think of God as a shepherd. It was a profession David knew…

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Personal Evangelism 7: Strategies to Build Confidence: Part 2

Personal Evangelism Day 7: Strategies to Build Confidence: Part 2 “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:10-11) ‬‬‬ Love. The entire Word of God revolves around this one word. If we are going to tell people about…

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Personal Evangelism 6: Strategies to Build Confidence: Part 1

Personal Evangelism Day 6: Strategies to Build Confidence: Part 1 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) ‬‬‬ If you want to be great at anything in life, what is one of the most important things you need? Confidence. When someone is motivated and confident, it’s amazing what they…

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Personal Evangelism 5: Obstacles to Evangelism: Idol Spotting

Personal Evangelism Day 5: Obstacles to Evangelism: Idol Spotting “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) ‬‬‬ “So if we know why we should witness and we’re still not willing to witness, then it’s because our hearts are somewhere else. It’s because actually what we most want is a comfortable life, or a good reputation with friends and colleagues, or a nice settled existence with our…

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