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For All Intents And Purposes
November 10, 2019 06:09 PM PST
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Psalm 1 shows that the believer is put in a wonderful position--saved and adopted through Christ, and blessed by the Lord when we walk in righteousness. In this last study of the series, "1 Way To Live", we see that the Lord also promises that He knows everything about us, and is focuses on strengthening us spiritually, and on leading us to what is best for us. This protects us from the destructive nature of sin, and puts us on the path of His greatest blessings.

Up In The Air
November 03, 2019 04:09 PM PST
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Psalm 1 sets up a contrast between the righteous, who are blessed by God, and the wicked, who are guilty of sin and hostile toward God. Their lives and works are described as "chaff", which doesn't have foundation and is carried around by the wind. This has a spiritual parallel in terms of the impermanence and destablization of our culture, but there is an ultimate cost: Judgment. This doesn't have to be end of man, though, because God offers very person grace and mercy to save us from our sin and bless us for all eternity.

The Evidence
October 27, 2019 03:07 PM PDT
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Scientists are spending billions searching for any tiny biosignatures of life on Mars. In contrast, as Christians, it should be unmistakably clear to everyone that we have life in Jesus Christ. Psalm 1:3 describes how that will look--like a tree planted deeply by streams of water. Each detail of that description is a call to examine our spiritual "DNA", to determine whether we are showing life and producing fruit.

Jesus: Full Of Grace And Truth
October 23, 2019 12:27 PM PDT
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As culture has changed and become more hostile to Christianity, there is a temptation to become bitter or numb about reaching people with the Truth. We may become entrenched as "Truth" Christians or "grace" Christians, rather than both being fully and equally present in us. This is why it's important to look at the example Jesus set, because He wanted people to stop living without value and hope. He also sent His Spirit to impart both into His people, so we can show people the power of His love and grace.

Rule Of Law
October 13, 2019 12:11 PM PDT
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To live in God's blessing, there is a way to learn how to walk in righteousness. Psalm 1:2 says we are to "delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night". God's Word brings life, so we have to see it as our tutor, inclining ourselves toward it, thoughtfully spending focused time studying it and receiving it's counsel. When it permeates our heart and mind, it becomes a tremendous source of power and encouragement.

Mind The Gap
October 07, 2019 12:45 PM PDT
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Psalm 1 details a chasm between someone who is blessed by God because of a redeemed relationship and someone who lives for themselves and rejects His salvation. In verse 1, being blessed is attached to three actions which believers are to zealously avoid, because each one is designed to progressively ingrain acceptance and practice of a lifestyle that pushes us farther away from the Lord. So the Lord warns us to "mind the gap", being careful where we walk, stand and sit spiritually, in a time where the prevailing trends and attitude of culture are opposed to Jesus Christ and His Word.

Genuine Happiness
September 29, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
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Surveys show that man's definition of success is largely characterized by self-fulfillment: More prosperity, more comfort and less responsibility. But God defines it differently in Psalm 1: He says we can be "blessed" by Him. We can experience this by being in the right position spiritually--saved and declared righteous through faith in Jesus Christ. Then, we have a responsibility to put that positional blessing into practice, actively and gratefully maturing in our relationship with Him. A powerful story from the unexpected country with the fastest growing church shows this involves living as disciples, not just converts.

A Different Type Of Influencer
September 23, 2019 12:31 PM PDT
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One of the latest trends is the rise of "social media influencers", everyday marketers who promote places and products. Their success is due to social identity theory, in which people see value and connection based on the opinion of peers. When that message is true and the persuader is authentic, people are happy to be convinced. As Christians, the message of the Gospel is the ultimate Truth, so when our lives are marked by definitive life change, others will be drawn to Jesus Christ. In Acts 11, Barnabas shows the power of that combination, and the need to encourage others to "remain true to the Lord with a resolute heart"

It's So Simple
September 15, 2019 03:52 PM PDT
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It's easy for Christians to feel insecure and inadequate about our commission to have a spiritual influence on those around us. But when two spiritual characteristics are present in our lives, we will be effective in fulfilling that calling. In Acts 11, there were a group of Jewish men who boldly took the Gospel to the Gentiles, at a time when many Jews weren't willing to do so. The Lord blessed them and put His hand on their ministry because they were filled with the Spirit. The same can be true for any of us.

Called To Something Great
September 09, 2019 08:36 AM PDT
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Everything we are and do as believers should communicate to the world that salvation through Jesus Christ is real and life changing. Knowing and serving such a great God means that we have a great calling to have a powerful impact. This is what Solomon realized when he built the temple. He had a strong purpose to glorify and worship the Lord, and to sacrifice to Him. As disciples, we are declared temples of the Holy Spirit, so our calling is to make Christ known, and be a living testament of His glory and grace.

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