Month: October 2015

The eternal nature of God’s word

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Psalm 119
89 Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
You established the earth, and it abides.
91 They continue this day according to Your ordinances,
For all are Your servants.
92 Unless Your law had been my delight,
I would then have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have given me life.
94 I am Yours, save me;
For I have sought Your precepts.
95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me,
But I will consider Your testimonies.
96 I have seen the consummation of all perfection,
But Your commandment is exceedingly broad.
What is the benefit of the enduring Word of God?  Well, it is enduring; it is settled in heaven and will be with us forever.  Nothing about God’s word can change, nothing.  Because of that we know that every time we go to God He will act in complete accordance with His word.  What security this brings those of us who seek Him.
God’s word then filters down through all parts of our lives.  He is faithful, His law is our delight, we will not forget it.  Since we are His, according to His word, (read Romans 8) we know that He saves us according to His word.  Our enemies will submit to God’s word and we can eat at a table before them. Psalm 23.
God’s commandment is broad, it covers every part of life.  Read it, learn it, live it, and rejoice in it; it is going to be with us forever.
Becky Sivnksty learned yesterday that her cyst has a 90% probability of not being cancerous!  They are rejoicing greatly with this report.  They thank us for the outpouring of our love to them. We are all thanking God for His love and care.  She will have surgery next Thursday to remove it and testing will be done then to confirm the diagnosis.
Sunday is our monthly dinner day.  Be sure to come ready to stay ant to eat with us.  Bring enough food for your family and a little more.
Brent’s sermon on Psalm 61 is now up on our website.  You will want to hear this message as he opened up his heart to us regarding Becky’s condition and the fear it brought to them and how they turned to God in it.
Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

Brent Sivnksty, When my heart is overwhelmed – Psalm 61

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In this message, Brent Sivnksty pulls back the curtain of his and Becky’s recent battle with a serious health scare. Brent candidly walks through Psalm 61 interjecting his family’s own fears and pains as they awaited the news from the scan. As David learned to trust the Lord and found a refuge in Him, so must we. This powerful message is a great help to anyone going through a deep trial. The God of all strength carried the Psalmist and the Sivnksty family. He can carry you.

When my heart is overwhelmed – Psalm 61 – Brent Sivnksty from Brent Sivnksty on Vimeo.

Mercy, Salvation, and Hope

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Psalm 119

41   Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord—

Your salvation according to Your word.

42   So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me,

For I trust in Your word.

43   And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,

For I have hoped in Your ordinances.

44   So shall I keep Your law continually,

Forever and ever.

45   And I will walk at liberty,

For I seek Your precepts.

46   I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings,

And will not be ashamed.

47   And I will delight myself in Your commandments,

Which I love.

48   My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments,

Which I love,

And I will meditate on Your statutes.

Mercy, salvation, and hope are the themes of this section.  Since we have mercy, salvation, and hope we have an answer for those who reproach us.  We know the God of mercy, salvation, and hope.  God, in His mercy, is trustworthy so we can place our trust in Him.

With the word of God in our mouth we have hope in that word.  It is the Word that never fails.  It never has and it never will therefore we can trust it.  We keep it forever and ever.  Who else’s word will we listen to forever?  God alone has words that will last.

With God’s precepts before us we can walk in liberty.  This is the opposite of slavery.  While sin and the world and the flesh bring us into their bondage, God’s word gives us wonderful liberty.   And as we keep His word there is no shame but there is delight.  Who else promises us this and can follow through on their promise?  None but God for God alone has truth in His word and His word alone is able to bring delight to us, His creation.

We love God’s commands.  We lift up our hands to God’s commands.  We reach out for them and we praise them.  When we get His word, we meditate on it.  Take time every day, including today, to meditate, focused thought, on God’s word.  You will know delight and will no longer know any shame.

Today the Sivnksty’s get the scan results. Pray for them during this time as decisions will be made regarding surgery and future procedures. 

Tonight we have Bible study, kids4truth, and youth group. This is an important part of our week.  Join us at 7:00.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

 

Asking God to do what needs to be done in our lives

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Psalm 119

33   Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,

And I shall keep it to the end.

34   Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;

Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35   Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,

For I delight in it.

36   Incline my heart to Your testimonies,

And not to covetousness.

37   Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,

And revive me in Your way.

38   Establish Your word to Your servant,

Who is devoted to fearing You.

39   Turn away my reproach which I dread,

For Your judgments are good.

40   Behold, I long for Your precepts;

Revive me in Your righteousness.

In this section, the action words jump out at me because the writer is asking God to do all of the action.  Notice the words, ‘teach me,’ ‘give me understanding,’ ‘make me walk,’ ‘incline my heart,’ ‘turn away my eyes,’ ‘establish your word,’ ‘turn away my reproach,’ and ‘revive me in your righteousness.’  Every verse asks God to do something.

Are you weary of trying to make the Christian life work for you?  It appears the Psalmist was to.  So instead of throwing in the towel, he went to the Coach and said, “You need to do all of this for me.”  Bear with this thought.  We need God to do these actions in our lives; we try and try and fail and fail.

Do take a moment in verse 37.  I fear I have spent too much time in my life looking at worthless things instead of being revived, made healthy and alive, in God’s way.  So I pray today that God will make clear to me those worthless things that I need to turn away from and then cause me to turn away from them.  How many worthless things on TV have I watched?  How many worthless websites have I visited?  How many worthless shopping trips have I gone on?  How many worthless possibilities have I given my attention to?

My prayer today is that God will deliver me from worthless things.  What is your prayer from this paragraph?

Once again I thank Brent Sivnksty for his clear presentation of the God’s word. If you missed last night you really need to watch this one on our church website.  I will get it up later today.  (Sunday’s messages are up now.) 

Last night, Brent was more personal than he ever has been before. He took us to Psalm 61 and told us about the Psalmists grief and pain.  The Psalmist did not know where to go nor how to get there but he cried out to God who alone could help him. Brent told us of their struggle with Becky’s health and with tears told us of his struggles and how he had to go to God as the only One who could give them strength when they had none of their own.  Afterward we, as a church, gathered around them, laid hands on them and prayed for them to know God’ s healing and God’s grace.  It was a service that none of us will forget and I trust one that God will use to turn the tide for Brent and Becky. 

I do have a service at Sunrise Assisted Living today and will gladly accept prayer for God to use me in it to bring spiritual encouragement to those who come.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

 

Living Godly in an ungodly World – Titus 2, part 1

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Brent Sivnksty bought us this grace-focused message that every works filled man and woman needs to hear. There is nothing we can do to add to God’s grace we are just o accept it. Thank you Brent for such biblical clarity.

Living Godly in an Ungodly a World – Titus 2 from Pastor Steve Schroeder on Vimeo.

A picture of our salvation

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Psalm 119

25   My soul clings to the dust;

Revive me according to Your word.

26   I have declared my ways, and You answered me;

Teach me Your statutes.

27   Make me understand the way of Your precepts;

So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.

28   My soul melts from heaviness;

Strengthen me according to Your word.

29   Remove from me the way of lying,

And grant me Your law graciously.

30   I have chosen the way of truth;

Your judgments I have laid before me.

31   I cling to Your testimonies;

O Lord, do not put me to shame!

32   I will run the course of Your commandments,

For You shall enlarge my heart.

The underlined phrases, My soul clings to the dust, My soul melts from heaviness, Remove from me the way of lying, all seem to indicate the condition of an unregenerate heart that is tired of its unregenerate ways.  Clinging to the dust is a picture of hanging on to the worthless things of this world.  A soul melting with heaviness is a picture of one whose sin, like Pilgrim, weighs him down but he cannot get rid of it.  The way of lying is the way of the father of lies whose children must live under his weighty and destructive lies.

So the Psalmist asks God to revive him according to His word.  He asks God to teach him His statutes.  He begs God to make him to understand the way of His precepts which are God’s truths.  He wants God to strengthen him according to His word and to graciously grant him His law.

A man who has lived in the shame of his sin comes to the Lord, follows His way of truth and never has to live in sin’s shame again. And so, while running the course, a new course for his life, a path of God’s commandments, his heart is enlarged by God Himself.  An enlarged heart is a picture of a new heart for the old heart filled with sin is very small focused on self and self-exaltation and self-protection.  But a heart following God’s commandments, enriched by God’s grace and filled with God’s truth can grow to care for God and for God’s people.  The once self-focused heart is enlarged to care for others with a love that only God can put in it.

Is this a picture of your life?  Were you clinging to the dust, heavy in your sin and filled with lying ways of self-focus?  Did the Lord with the truth of His word come into your life, revive it, teach you His commandments and ways, cause you to understand His precepts and strengthen you according to His word by giving you His law?  Has God removed your shame and enlarged your heart?  If so, rejoice in His salvation to you.  Take time today to reflect on your position before Christ came in and then rejoice in who you have become in Him.  Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Yesterday, Brent Sivnksty opened up Titus 2 and focused on the wonderful grace of God that both brings us our salvation, it is all of God, and then that same grace teaches us to live godly in an ungodly world. We are very blessed to have this man come and open God’s word to us.  I will have his messages on the church website. 

Tonight, Brent is going to be teaching us how to live through life’s adversity. As you know, his wife, Becky, is facing a potentially serious threat to her health and to their lifestyle as an evangelist family.  Brent will be telling us what God, through His word, has taught he and his wife during this time and how we can live in the face of all of life’s trials. 

Revival restaurant opens at 6:00-6:45 and the service will begin at 7:00 and be over by 8:00. On the menu tonight is Bobbi’s chicken and dumplings.  See you there.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS