Happy are they all who take refuge in him!

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Special guest today! My Father-in-law Keith Curlee!

Readings for today…Psalms Psalms 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, Numbers 32:1-6, 16-27, Romans 8:26-30, Matthew 23:1-12

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Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

Saturday’s readings and prayer are on your own! Have a great weekend!

Psalms 137, 144, 104, Numbers 24:12-25, Romans 8:18-25, Matthew 22:23-40

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I cry to the Lord with my voice

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “As the Deer” by Marty Nystrom.

Readings for today…Psalms 140, 142, 141, 143, Numbers 24:1-13, Romans 8:12-17 and Matthew 22:15-22

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But I still my soul and make it quiet

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is an original song of mine called “I Need You Lord” and “O Lord You’re Beautiful” by Keith Green.

Readings for today…Psalms 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, Numbers 23:11-26, Romans 8:1-11 and Matthew 22:1-14

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You, O Lord, are near at hand

“This is the way it is with you. God’s kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life. Whoever stumbles on this Stone gets shattered; whoever the Stone falls on gets smashed.”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is an original song of mine called “Song of Freedom.”

Readings for today…Psalms 119:145-176, 128, 129, 130, Numbers 22:41-23:12, Romans 7:13-25 and Matthew 21:33-46

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The Lord himself watches over you

Jesus said, “Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God’s kingdom. John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn’t care enough to change and believe him.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “Do it Again” by Elevation Worship.

Readings for today…Psalms 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, Numbers 22:21-38, Romans 7:1-12, Matthew 21:23-32

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