Why do some people lose their faith? This message is intended to answer the question, “How Can I Keep My Faith Strong in a Secular World?”
These principles from James 1 will help us keep the faith when trials come.
James is getting at something more substantial than patience through trials. James is exhorting us to stay FAITHFUL in the face of PERSECUTION.
He is exhorting us to KEEP the FAITH.
Finding Yourself in the Psalms Psalm 33 A Psalm for Times of Instability “The MAYTAG” Psalm I. 1-3. Introduction – Praise God. A. It is RIGHT. V. 1, it is fitting B. Praise Him SKILLFULLY. V. 2-3 C. Praise Him CREATIVELY. V. 2-3 (new song) II. 4-12. The Lord’s WORKS Are DependableA. Creation shows us […]
God tested Abraham to ensure that Abraham’s devotion was still sound, and to free Abraham from the snare of making an idol out of something that was given by God as a gift.
Throughout our lives, we encounter both triumphs and tragedies. Victories and struggles. In all of them, God’s grace is constant, as we will see through the child God gives Sarah, the comfort God gives Abraham, the water God gives Hagar, and the Salvatio
Finding Yourself in the Psalms Psalm 43 A Psalm for the Downcast Heart 42 and 43 originally one Psalm(Repeated refrain in 42:5, 6, 11; 43:5)(Psalm 43:5) "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." Is […]
Finding Yourself in the Psalms Psalm 141 A Psalm for Godly Living During Troublesome Times I. My PRAYER During Times of Trouble. 141:1-2A. (2 Chron 6:19-20) "Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your […]
Prayer Meeting September 26, 2007 Psalm 107 – A Psalm of Thanks for Every Aspect of Life OBSERVATIONS 1. First Psalm in Book 5 2. V. 1, v 43 “give thanks – Consider the great love of the Lord 3. “Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so!” a. Are we to say “I’m redeemed?” […]
Finding Yourself in the Psalms Psalm 106 A Psalm to Learn from the Sins of the Past 105 PRAISE – Israel’s History (God’s deliverance)106 PRAISE – Israel’s History (Israel’s sin)BOTH begin with a call to praise105:1 Give thanks105106:1 Give thanks106Make his name known105:2 Sing to himTell of his wonderful acts105:3 Glory in his holy name105:4 […]
Finding Yourself in the Psalms Psalm 102 The Prayer of a Sufferer Outline: ScrogieI. A Sufferers Complaint – Man is a frail creation – this is a personal prayerA. The Cry of a mortal man (1-2)B. The Condition of a mortal man (3-11)II. A Sufferers Consideration (12-22) – this is national statementA. The Near Prospect […]
Prayer Meeting April 11, 2007Psalm 88 – A Psalm for the AfflictedThe issue for the unbeliever is not the discovery of truth, it is the discovery of another reason to reject God.One of the most common excuses against faith in God is the suffering that exists in the world.QUESTIONING GOD’s PURPOSE: The Garden. Satan brought […]
Finding Yourself in the Psalms Psalm 74 A Psalm for Life’s Devastating Circumstances OVERWHELMED with anguish. The TIME: Babylonian capture of Jerusalem. 586 BC – 30 month siege! Jeremiah 39:1-4 – Psalm 74:4-11 I. QUESTION: Is This Judgment or Trial?A. For JUDAH: JUDGMENT. Eze 22:1-12B. For JOB: Trial.1. Job 1:82. 7 sons, 3 daughters3. sheep, […]
Finding Yourself in the Psalms Psalm 61 A Psalm for the Weary Traveler PSALM 61 David leaving Jerusalem as Absalom’s men advance. 2 Sam 15:14, 30; 17:24-29 Barefoot Leaving God’s sanctuary!David Prays for security that only God can givePROPHETICALLY – about JESUS! Psalm centers around THREE REQUESTS I. Lord, HEAR ME. 61:1-2A. “From the ends […]
Finding Yourself in the Psalms Psalm 44 A Psalm for the Darkest Hours of Trial TIMES of NATIONAL TRAGEDY– Dunkirk– Civil War (Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Bull Run)– Duane and Janet Willis – Baptist Pastor from Chicago. Fire on I 94 kills 5 children instantly. 6th dies next day in ICU.44:9. Israel was rejected. TRIALS – – […]
Finding Yourself in the Psalms Psalm 38 A Psalm on the Sadness of Sin Penitential Psalms: 6, 38, 51I. The Sadness of Sin. 38:1-8A. Appeal. V. 1B. LORD (YHWH) C. Inward focus II. Th e Loneliness of Sin. 38:9-14 A. Appeal. V. 9 B. Adonai (Lord, master) C. Outward in focus III. Con fession and […]
Finding Yourself in the PsalmsPsalm 29Hearing God’s Voice in the Storm THUNDERSTORMS Key Phrase “The Voice of the LORD” storm is heard over the waters (3-4) storm is heard in the NORTH (5-6) storm is heard in the SOUTH (8) storm is heard by the ANGELS (“in His Temple all cry GLORY!) V 1-2 INTRODUCTION […]
Finding Yourself in the Psalms Psalm 31 A Psalm When You Feel OVERWHELMED v 4 trappedv 6 evil peoplev 10 emotional sorrow v 12 lonelinessv 13 threats v 22 fearI. The Depth of David’s Distress. 31:1-13A. “Life consumed with anguish” v 10 EMOTIONAL B. “Strength fails” v 10 PHYSICALC. “I am cut off” v 22 […]