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God Promises Us Unfailing Love

Click the link below to listen to a sermon on Psalm 130 given on July 28th.


“God Promises Us Unfailing Love”

Psalm 130:1-8

I. Learning to Pray Better…

A. Where Our “DEEP STUFF” May Come From. (Psalm 130:1)

Deep Stuff #1: The “DEEP STUFF” we get ourselves into:

Deep Stuff #2: The “DEEP STUFF” others do to us:

\Deep Stuff #3: The “DEEP STUFF” that “just happens” to us:

II. “God”: Four Reasons WHY We Can Trust God With Our “DEEP STUFF”

A. Reason #1 to Trust in God: God Offers Us “Grace”. (Psalm 130:2)

B. Reason #2 to Trust in God: God Offers Us “Forgiveness”. (Psalm 130:3-4)

C. Reason #3 to Trust in God: God Offers Us “Unfailing Love”. (Psalm 130:7a)

D. Reason #4 to Trust in God: God Offers Us “Redemption in Abundance”. (Psalm 130:7b, 8)

III. “You & We”: Our Part is to “Wait on the Lord”. (Psalm 130:5-6)

1. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits”:

2. “And in His word I put my HOPE”:

3. One Suggestion for what we can do “while we wait”: LET THE SPIRIT HELP YOU PRAY!  (Romans 8:26-27)



WHY Small Groups? “The Divine Community”

Jesus’ Prayer for Our Unity in Him.

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. 22 I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are one: 23 I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20-23)

One writer had this to say about God’s heart for us:

“One of God’s biggest dreams for us is authentic community.” (Bill Willits, Creating Community: 5 Keys to Building a Small Group Culture; page 40)

That also seems to be at the heart of Jesus’ prayer for His followers the very night He was about to betrayed,… then beaten, whipped and crucified. You can tell what is most important to someone in those times when they are facing their mortality.

And, even though Jesus trusted and rested in the promise of His resurrection by the Father’s Hand, the reality of what He was about to face in His “stations of the cross” loomed large in front of Him. So did His heart and desire for His followers to remain “one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You.”

And think of what the world might believe about Jesus as God’s “Only Begotten Son” if they witnessed our unity with Jesus in the same way Jesus was united with God, the Father.

WHY small groups?

Because it can be a place where meaningful relationships can both given and received.

Because it was Jesus’ dying wish for His followers… for you and me… for us and the resurrected Him.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Denny Finnegan
Associate Pastor, CPC

“How Should I Pray?”

Matthew 6:11
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

This month we look at God’s delight in being “our Forgiver”.

The word “forgive” has some interesting alternative meanings in the Greek. It can also translate as, “cancel, remit, let go of, leave behind, and divorce.”

The last possible definition of “forgive”, that is “divorce”, can reveal an effect of sin we may not always realize. “Sin”, ours and that of those who have “sinned against us”, can “wed” or “marry” itself to us. That may be why we find certain “sins” or “sins against us” so difficult to forgive; so difficult to find “release” from our heart, mind, soul or strength.

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Smith Wigglesworth on Prayer

I have not used too many devotionals over the years, even though I have read quite a few books on prayer.  Of those I have read, there are a few that stand out to me: “God’s Best Secrets”; by Andrew Murray; “Moments in Majesty” by Jack Hayford; “My Utmost for His Highest”, by Oswald Chambers; and the one I wish to mention in this article, “Smith Wigglesworth on Prayer”, a thirty-day devotional edited and compiled by Larry Keefauver (Charisma House Publishers, ISBN# 0-88419-439-b)

I came across this in a Christian Coffee shop in Black Mountain, NC., that also sells books.  I had heard of Smith Wigglesworth, but did not know much about him.  And, this devotional, has helped me have a “view into the heart” of this man of God.

Here are two things I like about it:

  1. Each day’s devotions are short enough to “prime the pump” for my times with the Lord, but not too long to distract me.  There can be a real temptation with devotionals to use them as a “substitute” for our own time with the Lord, rather than an “encouragement” in our pursuit of the Lord.  We should not allow anyone or anything to become a “substitute” for our own personal relationship with the Lord.
  2. Each days’ devotions are very personal, inspiring and encouraging.  Here is an example from this small book, Day 2 in its entirety so that you can experience first hand its blessing:

Prayer Anywhere and Everywhere

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
Ephesians 6:18

When traveling by ship from England to Australia, these people came round me and said, “We want to know if you will join us in an entertainment.”  So I had to go quietly to the Lord and ask, “Can I?”  I had the sweetest rest about it being all right.

So I said, “Yes, I will be in the entertainment.”  They said, “What can you do?” I can sing,” I said.  Then they said to me, “Well, we have a very large program and would like to put you down to sing a song.”  “Oh,” I said, “my song will be given just before I sing.  So you cannot put it down until I am to sing.”

They said, “We are very anxious to know what place you would like to be put in the entertainment.”  “Well, how are you going to finish up?” I asked.  “We’re going to finish with a dance,” they replied.  “Put me down just before the dance,” I said.

My turn came.  A woman, half-dressed, no sleeves, no skirt, came to play for me.  I gave her the music.  “Oh,” she said, “I never, never could play that kind of music.”  “Don’t you be troubled now,” I said, “I have music and words.”  I sang:

If I could only tell it as I know it, My Redeemer who has done so much for me;
If I could only tell you how much He loves you,
I am sure that you would make Him yours today.
Could I tell it?  Could I tell it?

I never could tell it.  The people were weeping all over.  The dance was put off.  They couldn’t have a dance.  But we had lots of prayer meetings.  We had some fine young men give themselves to Jesus.

Prayer Principle #2

Pray anywhere and everywhere.
Pray this closing prayer today:

Father God, grant me the boldness to transform any place I am into an occasion for prayer.  Amen.

Every once in awhile, devotions like this are helpful.  May this also be a blessing to you, Beloved of the Lord.