In times of crisis, and at all times, there are some important things that Christians need to keep in mind. While there are several items that could make that list, here are four to think about this morning.
God created human beings special. We are created in His image and God has desired to have communion with us since creation. When we gave up that communion, God put into motion his plan to redeem us, ultimately finding its fulfillment in Christ Jesus.
On the First Sunday of each month, the Orangeburg Church of Christ hosts an abbreviated worship service, after which we sing for an extended period of time. On these Sundays, the lessons are shorter than usual sermons. In 2020, these first Sunday lessons are going to focus on passages from the Psalms. This week, we consider a lesson about trust i God from Psalm 4
As we continue our walk with some of Israel’s kings, we turn our attention this week to Israel’s most famous king, David. Though he was called, “a man after God’s own heart,” he had his flaws. One in particular, his sin with Bathsheba, led to a beautiful Psalm of repentance which is the basis for our study this morning.
For the next few weeks, we will be spending time with a number of kings that we read about in Scripture and the lessons we can learn from them. We will conclude with the One who was “born King of the Jews.” In this lesson, we consider Saul, and despite his good intentions, his failure to obey God in 1 Samuel 15.
We have innumerable reasons to be thankful to God. A few of those reasons are described in Psalm 136, which reminds us to give thanks to God whose steadfast love endures forever. The Psalmist writes in a few lines about God’s defeat of Israel’s enemies, who were justly punished because of their wickedness. God is always justice and always renders as is fitting for the sins that are committed. Only those covered in the blood of Christ can have their sins washed away and be pure and righteous in the eyes of God.
Often, when people say, “God wants me to be happy,” it’s an attempt of justifying their sin. This happens so often, that some Christians, when asked if God wants happiness for his people, will answer, “No.” However, if we understand what it means to really be happy, and where true happiness is found, it should become quite clear that God does in fact want his children to be happy in Him.