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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Artwork by Colin McCahon.

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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Artwork by Aaron Douglas.

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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Artwork by Aaron Douglas.

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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Artwork by Horace Pippin.

God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word

“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.”

Saturday’s readings and prayer are on your own. Romans 6 in The Message…wow!!

Psalms 107:33-43, 108, 33, Numbers 20:14-29, Romans 6:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11

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Artwork by Johannes Itten

For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things

Some of you wandered for years in the desert,
looking but not finding a good place to live,
Half-starved and parched with thirst,
staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion.
Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God.
He got you out in the nick of time;
He put your feet on a wonderful road
that took you straight to a good place to live.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “God of Justice” by Tim Hughes.

Readings for today…Psalms 102, 107:1-32, Numbers 20:1-13, Romans 5:12-21 and Matthew 20:29-34

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Artwork from BrianZahnd.Com.