Psalms in the Key of Life: Part 2
The Hope of Restoration. Psalm 51
Here is a simple reality that we have all know to be true; when belief and behavior do not align, we experience psychological tension. The scope of this tension is dependent on the level of disconnect between belief and behavior. Obviously greater disconnect produces even greater tension. Psychologist have created the term cognitive dissonance to describe the psychological discomfort a person encounters when belief and behavior are inconsistent. Often this inconsistency between belief and behavior results in anger, guilt, frustration and even embarrassment. Whereas much of the emphasis of modern psychology is to create harmony in self, the focus of Christianity and the biblical narrative is to establish harmony between God the creator and His creation.
This upcoming week we are going to begin a new series call Psalms in the Key of Life! I am very excited to begin this study through a few selected Psalms over the next 8 weeks. The idea behind the sermon series is that our God prepares us and walks with us through every situation in life. God is our great sustainer and His mercy and compassion never fails. My prayer is that this series ignites a passion in our hearts to throw ourselves into the regular study of the Psalms and discover the depths of God’s great love for His people.
I was reading an article this past week that suggest that less than 20% of people in America attend church on any given Sunday. As I read this article I thought to myself, “what do we offer people that do attend each week?” Do we offer uplifting music? An encouraging sermon? Prayer? Community? These are natural expectations but are they compelling enough to make church attendance a vital part of their lives
Recently I was made aware that Coke has never patented their soft drink. The reason they ignored this process is if they patented their product they would have to reveal the ingredients. Coke’s secret ingredient makes their product successful and their drink is consumed around the world at 1.9 billion drinks per day. Ironically, while we do not know the specific ingredients that are in the soda, Americans continue to make the original Coke a leading soft drink in our culture.
According to many, we are no longer living in a Christian nation. The times have certainly changed and a common expression is that this great land of ours has fallen from the ideals and principles of our founding fathers. The statistics tell the same story.
There are only a few things more rewarding in this world than to the see how God works to change the lives of those who trust Him. To see God take broken lives, broken families, and broken people who have lost hope and give them a new life is amazing. The power of the Gospel is real, and when a person repents of their sin and puts their trust in Christ Jesus, He powerfully changes their life. This is the vision behind the Annie Armstrong offering.
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