Kicking off 2017 with a new sermon series: "New Year. Same Promises." Rather than spending time and energy making (and probably breaking!) our own resolutions, why not focus on God's unbreakable promises instead?
New Year. Same Promises. God is Faithful. (preached on Sun, Jan 15, 2017)
Interestingly, this psalm starts with a recounting of God’s faithfulness but moves into a plea for protection in verse 11, saying, “11 Do not, O LORD, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.” You’d think it might be the other way around—a plea for protection first and THEN reassurance of God’s faithfulness.
But the truth is … life’s trials persist, even with a God who is faithful. We sometimes mistakenly think God is a giant vending machine, ready to dispense whatever we want. But even with a God who is faithful, sometimes marriages still fall apart, the cancer doesn’t go away, and the promotion goes to someone else. God’s promise of faithfulness doesn’t mean our lives will be sunshine and roses 24/7 but it does mean God will never leave us for forsake us.
So even when things start to head south, we can be fearless because we know God is holding on to us and will never let us go.
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BUT, if you'd like to spend some time and energy in the new year thinking deeply about being intentional and attentive to the work God is doing in our very own neighborhood, you need to read this book with us!
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