Have you ever felt worried, distressed, or anxious?
Yes, I know that might seem like a ridiculous question. In one way or another, we have all experienced worry, distress, or anxiety. These real experiences of our lives are the sort of things we encounter throughout the Scripture. In fact, the writer of Psalm 4 expresses thoughts we all likely relate to:
Answer me when I call to You, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. (Psalm 4:1)
Where do you turn to find peace in these times? Often, we turn to friends or family for support, or look to distractions like television or reading a book. In themselves, none of these things are bad. However, within Psalm 4, we are directed in another way. The psalmist instructs us in the way we should turn in our distress.
God’s Strong Presence
First of all, the psalmist shows us to whom we should turn. “Of course,” you might say, “you are going to say that I should turn to God.” Yes, that is true, but it is not enough of the truth in this case. The psalmist says Read More »
Here were my four application points from this past weekend’s message, “I Am Made Uniquely” (part of our “Who Am I?” series on identity with God in Christ at Eastbrook Church). This is, in fact, the paper I wrote them down on in preparation for the message after a time of prayer right before I preached.
In our current series at Eastbrook Church, “Who Am I?“, we are looking at biblical answers to questions about our identity as human beings. This past weekend I explored the ways in which we are made uniquely by God both as human beings in general and also as individuals.
This was also African Global Gateway weekend, where we took time to celebrate the cultures of our African brothers and sisters at Eastbrook Church.
You can view the message video and an expanded sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.
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You know me, Lord, completely
no whim, desire, or thought escapes You
honestly, that makes me nervous at times
You see the best of my dreams
and the worst of my longings
in all the scurrying around of my life,
in all my internal rush and hurry,
come and search through my life, God
find out everything about me
and then lead me on the pathway of eternal life
[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]