Question: I have an urgent question that is generating heat in my congregation. This heat is created by my wife. She prays the Psalms, and I personally do not agree with her on this. But she insists that it is the word of God. I don’t agree because we are New Testament worshipers and the…

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Text: Psalms 39   I.         Psalms 38-40 cover related themes regarding the problems caused by sin             A.        God has punished David because of his sin – Psalms 38:1-2             B.        Between God’s punishment and the burden of the sin itself, David feels overwhelmed – Psalms 38:3-8             C.        Even close friends and family avoid you when you are suffering because of…

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Question: “Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.” (Psalms 55:15). Does this mean we should wish death for people who aren’t saved? A friend sent this to me along with some statistics about 50% of transgender people committing suicide. He…

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by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text Psalm 37   I.         I’m sure you have heard the statement before, it is well ingrained in our society’s thinking: “Nice guys finish last.”             A.        Its more modern than you might realize. A baseball player and manager, Leo Durocher, is the one who said it.                         1.         He also said, “Winning requires toughness, even…

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by Jeffrey Hamilton Text: Psalm 131   I.          Psalm 131 is one of 15 psalms which are titled “Song of Ascent.”              A.         It is commonly believe that these were pilgrimage songs, sung while the people journeyed up to Jerusalem for the major feasts.              B.         This particular psalm was written by David and expresses the attitude a worshiper must…

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Text: Psalm 23   I.         The most famous psalm is a song about faith.             A.        It weaves in a few brief words the clear message of a special relationship between man and God             B.        It speaks of trust and security in good times and bad. II.        Faith in Times of Quiet – Psalm 23:1-3             A.        The Lord is my Shepherd…

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Question: In Psalm 27:4 and others when it states the beauty of the Lord, what do you think of?  There are several different ways, I think, to look at this and I wanted someone else’s’ opinion to help me. Thank you. Answer: “One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that…

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Question: I recently came across a section of the Psalms that concerned me.  Psalms 119:113 says in the KJV, “I hate vain thoughts, but thy law do I love.”  Doing a Google search for the phrase “vain thoughts,” I came across a few articles, mostly from British writers of the eighteenth century, that asserted that…

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by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: John 10:22-38   I.         Many times Jesus faced a mob set to stone him for his words.             A.        In our reading, the thing which upset them was Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God.             B.        They understood that this was not a light claim, but one of a direct relationship. They realized…

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Question: Can you help me with the meaning of Psalms 56:8, especially the part “tears into thy bottle?” Answer: “You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” (Psalm 56:8). Each phrase is a reference to God remembering or recording what has happened to David. This particular Psalm,…

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