Mar 14 2017

When God Doesn’t Rescue (Philippians 1:12-30)

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Philippians

“It is the great support and solace of the saints in all the distresses that befall them here, that there is a wise Spirit sitting in all the wheels of motion, and governing the most eccentric creatures, and their most pernicious designs, to blessed and happy issues”. – John Flavel, The Mystery of Providence

Paul is writing to the church of Philippians from prison. Paul had started the church of Philippians and so they had a very special place in his heart and he held a very special place in theirs.  They loved Paul and seeing him in prison for so long was difficult for them to bear and understand. To the Philippians and many others, Paul was a very great leader and influence and it was hard for them to comprehend why God would allow a man such as Paul to be arrested and to be confined for so long.

It was in Philippi that Paul and Silas were arrested together as recorded in Acts 16. After casting a demon out of a slave girl, Paul and Silas were arrested by the authorities, because the slave girl’s owners were upset they could not profit off her any longer. Both Paul and Silas were thrown into prison by the magistrates. At midnight it was recorded that they were praying and singing hymns to God in their cell when suddenly a violent earthquake shook the prison and opened the prison doors and everyone’s chains fell off.  The jailer must have slept through the violent earthquake because the text says he woke up and saw the prison doors open. He was ready to kill himself before the magistrates would kill him the next day for the escape of the prisoners, but Paul stopped him and said they were all still there. Another miracle. Open prison doors, loosened chains but the prisoners were still there.  The guard immediately wanted to know what he could do to be saved. The guard and his whole household was saved that night. Continue reading

Aug 18 2015

Psalms 147 Praise the Lord!

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 21 of 21 in the series Psalms

Aug 11 2015

Psalms 139 Part 2 Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 1 of 21 in the series Psalms

In our previous lesson, we talked about the first part of Psalms 139. In verses 1-12, we saw how fully the Lord knows us. In this last portion of Psalms 139 we will see the depth of God’s knowledge of us goes even further then knowing our ways and the thoughts of our hearts; God knew us before we had any substance. He knew us and knit each of us together in our mother’s womb. He designed our personalities, our strengths and weaknesses and even declared each one of our days before one of them came to be. God knows our beginning and our end. He knows our purpose and our hearts desires.

David is just kind of marveling at the knowledge and works of God. Romans 1:19-20 talks about how God’s invisible attributes have been clearly displayed since the beginning of creation for all to see. You can look at creation, you can look at the stars in heaven, you can look at the sky, you can look at the trees, the sea, the planets and in all of these you can see the beauty of God, the work of God, the wisdom of God, the love of God, the mercy of God, the abundance of God, his omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience fully demonstrated around us. God’s invisible attributes are clearly displayed so that men are without excuse. Continue reading

Aug 4 2015

Psalms 139 Part 1 Fully Known By God

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 20 of 21 in the series Psalms

“I looked at God and He looked at me, and we were one forever.” – Charles Spurgeon”

This is a Psalm of David looking to God and worshiping in wonder the greatness of God. David meditates on the attributes of God, God’s omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence as God relates to man. It is beyond his comprehension but that doesn’t stop David from trying to comprehend Him. Trying to wrap his small finite mine around an infinite God. Remember the old saying:

“If you reach for the stars, you might not quite get one, but you won’t end up with a handful of mud, either.


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Jul 28 2015

Psalms 121 Kept by God

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 19 of 21 in the series Psalms

Jul 21 2015

Psalms 116 Soothing a Restless Heart

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 18 of 21 in the series Psalms

We are now zooming in to take a look at a portion of it, Psalm 116. Despite it being a Psalm of Praise & Thanksgiving, it is a hymn that moves from despair to delight in God. Music and hymns have a powerful way of moving our heart and our emotions. This is a hymn to sing to lift up your soul to delight in God when it has been cast down in despair.

It is a Psalm of Thanksgiving generally thought to have been written by David. It is known as a “Paschal Hallel” or “The Egyptian Hallel” as part of the hallel psalms, Psalms 113-118. These Psalms start with “Praise ye the Lord” which is what “hallelujah” means.

These Psalms were sung during the Passover. The Levites would chant these psalms as the Passover Lamb was being slain. It is highly probable that Jesus and his disciples would have chanted this hymn after the Passover meal before the crucifixion before they left the Upper Room.

The Hallel Psalms commemorate Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and our ultimate deliverance from the Great Tribulation. They are sung in a jubilant spirit that this hymn is sung and you can really feel that spirit if you read all 6 Psalms together.

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Jul 14 2015

Psalms 119 The Word of God Part 3

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 17 of 21 in the series Psalms

Jul 7 2015

Psalms 119 The Word of God Part 2

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series Psalms

Jun 30 2015

Psalms 119 The Word of God Part 1

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 15 of 21 in the series Psalms

Jun 16 2015

Psalms 91 The Believers 911

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 14 of 21 in the series Psalms