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A Hope Built On Nothing Less

When trials come and suffering abounds; when confusion reigns and the difficulty we face just doesn't make sense at all, there's only one place we can and must run. As we enter this study in Habakkuk together as a church, it's so important that we allow it remind us of one thing, first and foremost: Our hope must be in the love of Jesus displayed at the cross. Our confidence that God loves us and will do what is necessary to draw us to himself for our ultimate and eternal good is truly an incredible and insane confidence in human terms. The Cross is the ultimate and permanent seal of God's promises toward us - to do us good and to do good through us. The grace of God, the love of God, the justice of God, the mercy of God - they all find their most perfect expression in the sacrificial death of Christ and their permanent seal in His resurrection and promise to come again.

All the mysteries in this life pale in comparison to the mystery of God's grace to us in Christ. Let your pondering and wrestling with that mystery overshadow your struggle with any other mystery. When we do that, we'll find our hope properly placed, our joy properly restored, and our endurance shored up.

The songs we sing this Sunday will seek to remind us of these truths and encourage us to celebrate the hope that we have in trials and suffering...the Hope that we have because of the mystery of God's proven faithfulness to us at the Cross.

Here are the songs and Scriptures that will be included in our service this Sunday:

-Call to Worship from Psalm 46
-A Mighty Fortress
-This Is Amazing Grace
-He Will Hold Me Fast
-Exhortation from Matthew 6:19-21
-New Again
-O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer
And Here's a Spotify Playlist of the songs we'll be singing. We hope you'll listen to them over the coming days so you can sing them without distraction with us on Sunday!
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Enthroned: Above and Within

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The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name!
Holy is he!

The King in his might loves justice.[a]
You have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the Lord our God;
worship at his footstool!
Holy is he!" - Psalm 99:1-5
Scripture is abundantly clear on the point of the Glory of God. He is glorious. He sits on his throne, ruling over everything, seen and unseen. He lacks nothing, needs nothing, misses nothing. He is the King. There is no debate. There is no wiggle room. It's not a matter of opinion or a point of decision. He simply IS God, glorious, transcendent, all-powerful, all-knowing. He is above all, in every possible way.
As a result, He deserves all of the affection and praises and obedience of every part of creation. In fact, He demands it. And so we, have a simple choice each and every moment of each and every day. We can enthrone him in our hearts in accordance with the TRUTH he has revealed about himself, or we can choose to rebel against his commands and his authority. 
The foolishness I reveal every time I make a choice contrary to God's authority is truly incredible. Every sinful thought, every rebellious deed is unthinkable in the grand scheme of things, but we all succumb to the myopic and fleshly perspectives that are contrary to the revealed TRUTH of the King seated on the throne.
This Sunday, as we gather, we'll seek to point our hearts to the majesty and glory of the King enthroned in heaven, and seek to remind ourselves of the mercy He has shown us in rescuing us from the deserved punishment for our rebellion. It's this combination of his mercy and his majesty that we will celebrate.
Here are the songs and Scriptures that will make up our service this week.
Call to Worship from Psalm 99:1-5
Holy Holy Holy
He Is Our God
Offering Meditation from Revelation 4:9-11 
Be Enthroned
Sermon from Matthew 6
Here's a Spotify Playlist of the songs. We look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!
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