Summer is a lot like enemies. They both happen in the in-between. Summer happens in-between the planting of spring and the harvest of all. Enemies happen in-between us and God. The trouble with enemies is that they rarely present themselves in opposition to us. Rather, they walk along side us and appear to be one of us. In this sermon, from Psalm 35, David teaches us how to recognize these enemies. Once we have done so, we are able to defeat our enemies the same way Jesus did.
When someone is frustrated they are often referred to as a, “Hot Mess Express.” Frustration is a feeling of failure. This feeling occurs when something is not going according to plan. For most of us, we most see people as the root cause of our frustration rather than the plan. In Psalm 33, we learn from David that frustration is a yellow light warning us that our plan might be competing with God’s plan. In this sermon we discuss the difference between following our plan and following God’s plan.
Grief is an expression of a missed connection. At some point, we all have been or will be infected with the disease of grief. When we do experience grief we begin searching for ways to recover the connection that we are now missing. Ultimately, we will discover what David discovered in Psalm 31. Grief becomes a connection point with God. God not only connects with us but we can also connect with God in our grief. In this sermon we discuss the way He connects with us and the ways we can connect with Him.
The Dog Days of Summer occur when “our strength is sapped as in the heat of summer” (Psalm 32:4). When it has been sapped we experience it at all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Throughout the Psalms, we discover the sappers of our soul. In Psalm 32, it is guilt. God’s greatest blessing is that of forgiveness, to know we do not have to be someone we are not or do something we are not capable of. The only way to experience the blessing of this forgiveness is through confession. “I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord:’ And you forgive the the guilt of my sin.” When we know what we have been forgive of, guilt has this way of setting in. When it does it will sap our souls of its strength.
Rev. Nate Denning shares us with the challenge of the Great Commission and how he is answering that call by planting a church in the Northside of Evansville.
Pressure reveals the beast that lives inside of us. Ultimately, pressure will reveal what we trust, whether we trust in ourselves or if we trust in God. Psalm 20 is a psalm about pressure. In the first 5 verses, it reveals to us what living under pressure is like. Then, in verse 7-8, it gives us an ultimatum of how we can live under pressure. We can choose to trust in ourselves but a beast will be revealed that we are not too proud of. We can also choose to trust in God. If we do, a beast will be revealed that will always rise to the occasion. This sermon helps better enter the #beastmode that handles the pressures of life.