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Why Do the Wicked Prosper?

Text: Psalm 73
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: February 26, 2012

Do the injustices in the world sometimes get to you? When we look at the news we learn that a Christian pastor in Iran has been sentenced to death for the crime of converting from Islam.
The courts are overturning the will of the people (and ignoring the will of God) by redefining marriage. Terrorists in Europe who are responsible for slaughtering hundreds of people are set free on technicalities (or for the sake of their human rights). We also face injustice in our personal lives – dealing with employers, banks, businesses and even family members.

The Psalmist confesses that when he observed the apparent prosperity of the wicked, he almost slipped and fell into doubting God’s justice. The Psalmist also tells us how he regained his balance by taking his eyes off of the earthly here and now and taking an eternal and heavenly perspective. When we face injustice we need to follow in his steps.

No-one was more unjustly treated than our Lord Jesus. Because it is the last Sunday of the month we will remember His death for His people as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
We also recall how through the resurrection Jesus was vindicated and exalted.

Please read Psalm 73 before coming to church. You may also read Psalm 37 (which has a similar theme).


Thirsting for God

Text: Psalm 42-43
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: February 19, 2012

Psalms 42-43 go together. They are Psalms of lament with an almost identical refrain. 42:5 42:11 43:5.
These Psalms are of special value to believers who feel overwhelmed or struggle with depression.
We can relate to the Psalmist as he describes his own spiritual drought, longing for God to satisfy his thirst.
He also describes his situation as being overwhelmed by the floods of sorrow.
Yet within this Psalm we find the answer to our despair. “Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him.”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones used Psalm 42 in the first chapter of his famous book, “Spiritual Depression”.
He tells us that a key to overcoming depression is to stop listening to ourselves (complaining and worrying) and to start talking to ourselves (about the hope we have in God).

Please read Psalms 42-43 before coming to church.


God Speaks Through His Word

Text: Psalm 19:7-14
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: February 12, 2012

This Sunday I plan to complete our consideration of Psalm 19.
Last week we looked at the first six verses which declares how God speaks to all humanity through His creation (General Revelation)
This week we will consider the Lord’s speech to His people through the Scriptures (Special Revelation) in verses 7-11, and then our response in verses 12-15.

As you read over Psalm 19 before coming to church consider the following questions:

Do you notice that the first six verses use the name God and verse seven and following use LORD. Why do you think that this is?
How are general revelation similar to each other? How are they different?
Where can you see the gospel in this Psalm?


God Speaks Through Creation

Text: Psalm 19:1-6
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: February 5, 2012

I plan to preach from Psalm 19 over the next two Sundays. C.S. Lewis called this the greatest Psalm in the Psalter.
Psalm 19 praises God for the two ways in which He reveals Himself. He speaks through general revelation in the creation (which we will cover this week) in verses 1-6.
He also speaks gloriously through His Word (which we will cover next week in verses 7-10). Finally, we are called to respond to the Lord’s revelation of Himself (verses 11-14).


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