He Is Still There

NIGHT LIKE FOR PARENTS

I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1

We’ve talked this week about some of the most difficult aspects of parenting, but there is a special anguish that comes with the death of a beloved child. I (jcd) will never forget the boys and girls I came to know during my years on the Attending Staff at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Most of these kids suffered from terminal illnesses. Some were under ten years of age, yet their faith in Jesus Christ was unshakable. Their parents had successfully passed on the wonderful message of salvation. What a reception these boys and girls must have received when they met Him who said, “Let the little children come to me” (Mark 10:14).

To the mom or dad who has recently lost a child, let me offer this word of encouragement: your Father has not lost track of your circumstances, even though they seem to be swirling out of control. He is there. Hold on to your faith in the midst of these unanswered questions. Lay claim to the words of the psalmist: “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word” (Psalm 119:28). Someday God’s purposes will be known, and you will have an eternity to talk it over. In the meantime, I pray with all my being that the Lord will help you through the heartbreaking loss of—or should I say temporary separation from—your precious son or daughter.

Before you say good night…

Do you struggle with trusting God during times of heartache?

How can you help each other renew a “childlike faith”?

Father, sometimes it is so hard to understand Your ways. We cry out to You at such times! Give us comfort, give us peace, give us understanding as we live to remain faithful to You even in the midst of our sorrows. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

A Pitcher’s Dream

NIGHT LIKE FOR COUPLES

“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

In 1985, Tim Burke achieved a lifelong dream—in fact, almost every boy’s dream—when he signed to pitch for the Montreal Expos. He quickly proved his worth by setting a record for the most relief appearances by a rookie. In the years that followed, Tim and his wife, Christine, adopted four children born with serious illnesses or defects. Neither Tim nor Christine was prepared for the tremendous demands such a family would bring. And with a grueling schedule, Tim was seldom around to help.

In 1993, only three months after signing a new, $600,000 contract, Tim decided to retire. When asked about his amazing decision, he said, “Baseball is going to do just fine without me. But I’m the only father my children have.”

You might ask yourselves as a couple, “Does our current lifestyle, and our dreams and goals, fit with God’s desire that we have a generous spirit?” Tim Burke’s generous spirit caused him to give up his career dream, as well as the wealth it brought. Yet in the end, his act will be worth the sacrifice—his marriage and the well‐being of four lives God placed in his care will reap eternal dividends. That’s God’s idea of a brilliant career move!

Just between us…

  • Have you ever had to give up any of your dreams for someone?
  • How do you feel now about those old dreams?
  • What new dreams do you have for yourself and for us as a couple?
  • How can we help each other achieve them?

Dear Lord, we surrender together whatever selfish dreams or ambitions are keep- ing us from the larger life You have in mind for us. Show us Your better idea. We want to do Your will with joy and expectation, because we trust You. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

8 Key Takeaways from the Psalms

Book of Psalms

The psalms represent a priceless treasure trove of resources for relating to God in all circumstances. They instruct us in how to live, and they teach us great truths about God the great King, his sovereign rule over all things, and his plan for reconciling the world to himself through his Son Jesus, the Christ. With all their beauty and spiritually uplifting messages, here are 8 key takeaways from the Psalms.

1. The book of Psalms engages almost all of the great themes of the Bible.

Beginning with Psalms 1 – 2, the Psalter lays out the theme of —
• The righteous versus the wicked and the importance of relying on God and his Word.
• God’s sovereignty and rule over all people and nations.
• The interplay between divine and human kingship.
• God as a place of refuge for all.

2. As human words to and about God, the Psalms instruct us in myriad ways about how to worship God.

They teach us how to sing, dance, rejoice, give thanks, confess sin, grieve, express anger, make requests of God, proclaim God’s name far and wide, and more.

3. The Psalms teach us that God has sovereign rule as the great King over all things.

God rules over creation itself and over all nations and people groups — down to each individual person. As the sovereign King, God asserts his control over the most powerful forces in nature. He proclaims his authority over all the false gods of the nations, gods that were such a temptation for his own people time and time again.

4. The Psalms celebrate that God is a good God.

God is holy, loving, merciful, protective of his people, faithful, a keeper of promises, a giver of good gifts. He protects the vulnerable in society — the widow, the fatherless, the outsider, and the poor — and expects his representatives on earth to carry out this mission.

5. The Psalms praise God for being a just God.

The Lord vindicates his people, punishes evil, and cares for the marginalized. He opposes the wicked, whether individuals (e.g., Psalms 1:4 – 6) or nations (e.g., Psalm 2), and will mete out justice for their wickedness.

6. The Psalms declare God is a great and powerful God.

The Creator and Sustainer of all things, he is mightier than any god humans can conjure up and more powerful than all the nations and armies of the world.

7. The Psalms reveal God’s plan for the nations that the people of Israel be a testimony to them, causing them to turn to Him.

It is an inclusive vision that shows God’s desire for all peoples to know him.

8. The Psalms are fulfilled in the life and ministry of Jesus.

Jesus was the ultimate example of the righteous person in Psalm 1 and of God’s anointed son, the King Messiah, in Psalms 2. Jesus also experienced most of the same travails that David and other psalmists did, so their laments and prayers anticipated his own (e.g., Psalms 162269).

The book of Psalms has been the hymnbook and prayer book for countless generations of Jews and Christians over the centuries. It contains the entire range of human emotion, from the highest points of joy and thanksgiving to the lowest points of depression and loss and everything in between. They instruct the faithful in the best ways to praise and thank God and they model legitimate ways to grieve and to address God boldly and directly in the midst of pain and sorrow. The psalms are transparent, passionate, emotive, personal, and genuine – and they provide believers with language with which to express our own deepest emotions and passions.

Article written from content in the Introduction to Psalms in the NIV Biblical Theology Bible.

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PS  MY SENSE OF PSALM 2 IS ALSO AN ACTUAL REVELATION OF THE TRINITY, THAT IS PAT, ME, SAYING THIS.

AWAKE MY SOUL AND SING!

a prayer poem

By the Mighty Mumford

Spring trees, flowers alive,

New-born bees can thrive…

Color exploding

Of warmer days boding,

Oh what a pretty drive!

The Creator God is He,

Making all this for me…

And all of you

His Love true,

Rejoice gifts in creativity!

Gifts of God you are,

Blessing folks near and far…

Believe then–

Become His children–

Believing in Christ your only safety bar!

–Jonathan Caswell

The Son of God at Creation,

Creator with no reservation…

In Him is all

But after our fall,

Paid the one acceptable salvation.

Before the creation of all this,

Father God and the Son, in the midst…

Of our times

On His own dimes,

Showed us Himself with a twist!

God wasn’t recognized,

His own people surprised…

He was  detected

But unexpected,

In how He opened Paradise.

His People–any believers–

 In Christ-as the One achiever…

Of conquering death,

The…

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