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Be Strong, Take Courage, Don't Fear

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Psalm 27 opens with these words:

"The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?"

And then it closes with these:

"Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!"

Regardless of what you are facing right now, of how difficult it is, of how long it has been, of how hopeless it seems, if you have put your faith in Jesus, then the Lord is the stronghold of your life as well! Just like the psalmist, you can rejoice and take courage and wait for the deliverance of a God who doesn't just promise to protect you out of some sense of duty, but who loves you with an everlasting love. 

This Sunday, we'll kick off our series in Daniel, and one of the themes you'll notice in the book is that many of Daniel's circumstances don't seem to make a lot of sense. He's often the victim of seemingly unfair treatment. And he has some peers who betray him and some friends who stick by him, but in the end, the God who called him part of his family will not allow his sovereign plans to fail. He works in Daniel's life to provide a powerful testimony to those all around him.

That is God's promise to each of his children...He has good and merciful plans for each of us and his plans never fail. We'll celebrate the faithful and steadfast nature of God this weekend, because we all need to be reminded to take courage and put our hope in God again and again.

Here are the songs and scriptures that will make up our service:

Call to Worship from Psalm 27
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Psalm 62
Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor
Upon Him
I Will Wait for You
Sermon from Daniel 1

And here's a Spotify Playlist of the songs we'll be singing so you can come ready to join your voice with us on Sunday!

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Resting in His Mighty Hands

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Deuteronomy 3:24 says:

O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours?

When you think about the power and might of God, what emotion does the elicit in you? Does it lead you to fear? Does it provoke a sense of awe and wonder? Are you numb to it because you've grown familiar with verses like Deuteronomy 3:24?

What about peace? Calm? If you're like me, there are other aspects of God's character much more likely to provoke those kinds of reactions from me. The fact that He's my Father. The love he showed in sending his Son to rescue me from my sins. I tend to separate out the various aspects of God's character and find encouragement from them separately in different seasons.

But God isn't a mash-up of a bunch of separate character traits. He is One. His might and his love are perfectly in unison and cooperation at all times. If He was more loving and less powerful at various points, our reliance on him would be a tenuous exercise. But because He is always and simultaneously loving and mighty, we can trust him in all circumstances.

The power and might of God should lead me to a deep sense of peace and calm, resting in the fact that NOTHING is outside his control, that NOTHING can separate me from his love, that NOTHING is a surprise or successful subversion of his plan.

It is well with my soul because God, in all his mingled love and might rescued me and holds me forever in his mighty hands.

We'll celebrate the Mighty God together this week...and we'll trust together that He will quiet us with his love while we do so.

Here are the songs and Scriptures that will make up this week's services:

Call to Worship from Deuteronomy 3:24
Here For You
Great and Mighty King
Behold Our God
Christ Be Exalted
It Is Well
Sermon from John 4
Closing Song: O Great God

Here's a Spotify Playlist of the songs so you can be familiar with them in advance of Sunday morning!

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