Which is the contrite heart?

This week I’m teaching Psalm 51 at our women’s Bible study at church. This paradigm of prayers was recorded and preserved for us so that we’d know what to do with our sins—big and small.

It’s a two-fold process: seek forgiveness and seek restoration.

The psalm reaches its climax with these words:

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The …

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In a Squeeze

The daily stress of 21st century life puts us in a squeeze. Job pressure, time constraints, financial limitations, relationship demands—impossible expectations at every level.

Some days we feel like the walls are closing in on us, we’re backed into a corner, we have no room to breathe. I have felt this recently with decisions and deadlines hanging over me.

I found a wellspring of encouragement in Psalm 4 as I dug deeper into …

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Unshakeable Confidence

Do you ever feel like this picture, that you are either, a worn out fence ready to fall over with one gust of wind, or, like the wheelbarrow leaning against something so unreliable you might both fall over?

We all have days when we feel vulnerable to toppling over, days when circumstances shake our confidence. So where do you go? Where do you run? Is there any stability in this unstable world?

In …

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Sandcastles at High Tide

When you’re walking on the beach and come across an elaborately built sandcastle that took hours to make, what is your first thought after Wow? Too bad it will all wash away when the tide comes in. Some think they can avoid this fate by building beyond the tide line, but either way, its life is short-lived. Sandcastles do not last.

Similarly every time you go to a funeral it’s a healthy reminder …

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Discouraged by defectors

Today I read about someone who once loved the Lord and served him zealously, but now she has walked away and disowned him. I feel so disheartened. I feel sad and frustrated. How does this happen? How do you change your mind about Jesus? How can you come to a place where you no longer need a Savior?

If this were a rare isolated incident I could explain away the anomaly, but it seems …

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