"ICM's Mini Bible College" with "Dick Woodward "
The Coming and Going of Worship
Thursday, December 18, 2014
David described the only appropriate way to enter into God’s presence is with thanksgiving and praise, and one of the best ways to express those attitudes is through music. In God’s presence, we can experience how good He is, we learn of His desire to be worshipped by all people in all nations, and we learn to joyfully serve Him. Worship leads us to greater depth in our relationship with Him and results in greater growth and fruitfulness for Him.
The Blessedness of Forgiveness - Monday, December 15, 2014
In Psalms 32 and 51, among others, David speaks of emotions we can all relate to: the feelings associated with guilt. Psalms of confession and forgiveness show us the relief and joy found in God’s forgiveness of our sin and the blessings of God’s grace and restoration. Psalm 139 describes the God to whom we pray. God knows and understands everything about us, so He is the perfect counselor in times of difficulty.
Solutions to Stress - Thursday, December 11, 2014
Psalms with an emotional theme are often prayer psalms, where the psalmist is talking to God about human beings—usually himself. They teach us that when we bring our feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, discouragement, despair, or anything else to God, He helps us through those feelings and leads us into gratitude and worship. When we are experiencing emotional distress, we can always turn to Psalms and find rest, trust, and peace to overcome our stress.
Blessed is Everyone - Monday, December 08, 2014
Many believe God should bless everyone regardless of the choices and the convictions they have made and held. But the Bible is very clear that many of the blessings from God are conditional. The blessed man is blessed because of his faith and his choices. The psalms promise blessings to those who love and fear the Lord and walk in His ways. Psalm 127 teaches how the family is one of the great building opportunities we are given by God.
Profiles of a Blessed Man - Thursday, December 04, 2014
The Psalms are God’s hymnbook of praise! Psalm 1, like many “blessed man” psalms, presents both positive and negative truths. We learn what blessed people do not do, and then what they do. Our convictions and our choices in life have a lot to do with how God blesses us. We learn how the godly are blessed and the ungodly are not. As we read the Psalms it is important to ask ourselves: Which one am I?
He Maketh Me Lie Down - Monday, December 01, 2014
The book of Psalms is biblical poetry of worship, praise and prayers. The Psalms have four major themes: psalm telling us about those who are blessed, psalms expressing the emotions we feel, psalms of worship, and psalms of prophecy of the coming Messiah. The best-known psalm, and most beautiful description of the relationship between God and man, is Psalm 23. This “blessed man” psalm portrays God as a wise and gentle shepherd.
Responding to Life's Wringers - Thursday, November 27, 2014
The Book of Job shares great insights on how to respond to life’s storms. When we first encounter suffering in our Christian life, we usually do not really understand why. As we grow and learn from the Bible, however, we begin to find many reasons why people suffer. Great benefits can come out of the trials we face, especially when we are able to stand firm in our faith through them.
Thirty Biblical Reasons Why People Suffer - Monday, November 24, 2014
Why do the righteous suffer? That is a question people have asked for thousands of years. We normally do not ask or even wonder when bad or evil people suffer, but why do good people suffer? Not only does the book of Job address that question, so do many other parts of Scripture. In fact, the issue of suffering comes up in nearly every book in the Bible. The Bible gives many reasons that help us understand why we suffer.
Look in, Look up and Look Around - Thursday, November 20, 2014
Taken from Job’s time of suffering, we learn three perspectives of life when we face trials. Our difficulties can lead us to ask the right questions. Suffering can also lead us to listen to God for the right answers. And finally we can let our mourning bring us to a place of believing God’s answers to our questions. When we do these three things, we will experience the blessing and comfort of salvation.
Hurting Hearts - Monday, November 17, 2014
The Book and life of Job gives us a great perspective on how to face our own suffering and trials. God’s people have always suffered. Life is difficult and perplexing, and becoming a Christian does not take us out of our troubles. But God has a message for us when our hearts are hurting: Pain and suffering are inevitable, but misery is optional. That is the message of the book of Job.
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