Month: August 2015

Rivers of Pleasure

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Psalm 36

7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.

8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.

9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

There are times, when reading the Scriptures, that words seem to leap off of the page into your heart. When I read verse 8 last night this happened to me.

Psalm 36, as many of them are, is a comparison between the righteous and the wicked. Have you ever found yourself comparing your self with someone else who had more than you had but cared nothing for the things of God? Have you watched the wicked prosper in every way while you struggled to pay your bills? I have. It would appear that David had similar struggles.

But David, whose heart was after God’s heart, was able with spiritual eyes to see beyond the moment to the real issues of life. He could see the problems of the wicked. Look at verse 12 “There the workers of iniquity have fallen;

They have been cast down and are not able to rise. He knew that the prosperity of the wicked was short lived. He knew that all of their benefits would fall and leave them unable to rise.

So, David could say that the Lord abundantly satisfied the righteous with the fullness of God’s house. He could say that God gave them to drink from the river of His pleasures. What an amazing way to say it! We think that the wicked are having all the fun but David said that we are having all the pleasure. Furthermore, our pleasure comes from a river that never runs dry. This is what Jesus said to the woman at the well, who some say was some type of sex addict, that if she drank for His well she would never thirst again. When we drink from the river of God’s pleasure we learn that He who gave us our desires is the only One capable of truly satisfying our desires.

The wicked live their lives for themselves while they are falling faster and faster to their own destruction. The righteous live for Christ, enjoy His life in them, find fullness of pleasure from the Creator of pleasure, and in the end live forever with Him. What a great thought to leap off of the page for us.

When I was at Victory Homes, I hired a man out of college to work for us. Nevin came from Bob Jones and worked with us for several years. He married a girl from near Victory and has been married now for sixteen years. He and his wife Christina are great people and were able to come over Sunday afternoon and stay through till mid-afternoon Sunday. Oh, did I mention, they have 12 children? We had the best time with them all. The kids are well-behaved, energetic, happy, and they get along amazingly well. It was a true joy to have them with us. Yes, the pool got used a lot as did all our grandkid toys. We did sleep well last night but we did enjoy having them with us.

 

Sunday morning I preached a message on singing to the Lord. On the way out people commented on the power of the last song we sang. It is amazing to hear people who know the Lord sing unashamedly to the Lord. Next Sunday I plan to bring a message on the new song we gain when Jesus saves us.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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Notice what we do; Notice what God does; Rejoice

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Psalm 34

          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!

          I sought the Lord, and he answered me

and delivered me from all my fears.

          Those who look to him are radiant,

and their faces shall never be ashamed.

          This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

and saved him out of all his troubles.

          The angel of the Lord encamps

around those who fear him, and delivers them.

          Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

You cannot read these verses of praise without rejoicing in the Lord.  There is a reason that Bible-believing Christians read the Psalm, that is, our God is able to be and do what the Psalmist wrote.  No other God of man’s making is able like our God is.

In these verses, we bless the Lord, we boast in the Lord, we magnify the Lord, we exalt His name, we seek Him, we look to Him, we cry to Him and we taste and see that He is good.

God delivers us, answers us, makes our faces to shine, makes our faces unashamed, saves us out of our troubles, sends His angels to encamp around us, delivers us, and makes us His blessed ones who take refuge in Him.

We are in a good place when we seek, trust, and rejoice in the Lord.

Do not be discouraged today, my friend.  Be encouraged.  Our God is unchangeable therefore what was written of Him 3,000 years ago is still true of Him today.

It is Friday and a full day for us. Pray for Pastor Bill’s community services today, RU tonight, and Pastor’s place for the teens this evening. Each of these events are primarily spiritual and require the power of God to accomplish God’s purposes. So, pray with me that the power of God will rest upon each one involved so that His Gospel will be clear and effective.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

 

God desires to fully forgive

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Jus Katelyn and Carson

Psalm 32:1–5

   Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered.

   Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

   For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

   For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

   I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not cover my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

What a blessed privilege we have to take our sin to God, confess them to Him (Who already knows what we have done) and find forgiveness of all iniquity.   David so understood this that he knew he was blessed by God for His forgiveness.

Notice here that forgiveness by God means that God will no longer count the sin to the one who has confessed it.  We do not hide behind deceit but open our hearts in full confession seeing our sin as God does.  We confess it to Him and He, from that point forward, will never bring it up again.  God forgives completely and fully.

In verse 5 we see the way to confess our sin.  We fully acknowledge it to God and we cover nothing from Him in our confession.  We don’t blame shift, like Adam did, we don’t hide our motive like Cain did.  God wants us to give Him full disclosure making ourselves look just as evil as we really are. When we fully confess our sin to God with all of its evil and all of our responsibility, God fully forgives the iniquity of our sin.

When we don’t confess our sin to God, verses 3-4 tell us that we have inward pains and loss of strength.  We groan in our guilt while withholding full confession.  Why would we keep back confession?  Why would we wait a day, a month, a week, a year, a lifetime to confess sin to God?  There is no reason to live in the pain of your sin or to go into depression because you can’t confess it to God.  When we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Join David today and be a part of the confessing club who enjoys the full and compete forgiveness of the only One, God, that can make you whole.

Justin and Katelyn had their baby last night.  We thank God, who is the giver of all life, for Carson Edward Schroeder.

The service at Sunrise went well yesterday. I think I had ten people in the service. They are so grateful for the service and give so much love every week. I do wish some of you could share in these services. You are the one blessed in the end.

Tonight is our prayer time and Bible study . Pray for kids club and youth group that God will speak to the young people who come.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

 

Behold the Servant, Sharing God’s Emphasis – part 2, Isaiah 42:1-4

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<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/135172362″>Behold the Servant, Sharing God's Emphasis – Part 2, Isaiah 42:1-5</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user3461934″>Pastor Steve Schroeder</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> <p>In this passage there are four marks of Christ the servant of the Lord. As we behold these four marks in Him we should see the Christioan church. Pastor Steve Schroeder shows how these four marks are missing in the church burst must be there if we are truly following Jesus Christ.</p>

Trusting that God is God and living in that trust

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Psalm 31:1–3

1 In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.

2 Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me.

3 For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me.

23 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person.

24 Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.

You might think from reading the beginning and the ending that Psalm 32 is a Psalm of a blessed life. Just the opposite is true. It is a Psalm of struggle with enemies and fears and those who lived to bring pain to the Psalmist. But he knew something, that is, he knew that his God was greater, far greater, than all of his enemies. He knew that all of their attacks were held off by God. He knew that God was His trust, his deliverer, his refuge and his fortress. Therefore, he could love the Lord who preserved him and be of good courage in the Lord in whom was his hope.

I began reading the Psalms as a teenager and learned with David that God was always faithful. I feel badly for those of you who came to Christ later and are still struggling with feelings of God being faithful. What David knew and what I have learned is that God is faithful when my feelings are not. I can put my feelings behind God’s faithfulness and He gives me the courage necessary in every situation.

It is not mind over matter, it is truth over the mind. God is God. I know that sounds simple but those of you who struggle with faith issues do not really believe this to be so. If you believed that God is God and that He loves and cares for you, that He is able to protect you and carry you through all of your life then you could rest in Him. The fact that you don’t live resting in Him is evidence that you don’t really believe that He is God.

David believed that God was God and was able to live in His refuge, in His courage, and in His love. That is where I want to live and that is where you need to live. Read the verses between 3 and 23 and see if you can identify with David’s attacks and then learn to identify with his faith.

Will you pray with me for God’s presence to be known in our church? We are teaching on seeking the face of God in prayer. If God’s presence were known in our services people would come and would come back. Lives would change in God’ s presence. I am not seeking anything charismatic but am seeking a fullness of God of which we would all be aware.

We rejoice with Peter and Christina over their son, Paul, accepting Christ Saturday night. What a thrill to hear how God drew Paul to Himself. Pray for Paul’s growth and continuance in faith.

Have a great day in the Lord,

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