Psalm Psummary and Psinging- Wrapping-up the Psalms in Song
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The Psalms were the life blood and bed rock for the Hebrew people. They interiorized and immersed themselves in them each day. Jesus did the same. He called upon the Psalms memorized in His heart when words would not come. On the Cross… “Father Why Have You Forsaken Me?” and “Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit”. The Psalms capture and communicate the highs and lows of life for us from times of Lament to times Of Praise.

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Psalm 118 – A Good Healthy Club Sandwich !
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We might call Psalm 118 a Club Sandwich, a healthy one. Psalm 118 is sandwiched between Psalm 117 the Shortest Psalm and Psalm 119 the Longest Psalm. And it is piled high with healthy ingredients for us. The nutritional ingredient it offers us is GRATITUDE! Psalm 118 rejoices, “Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good! His Steadfast Love Endures For-Ever! The psalmist rejoices because this extraordinary moment has come as a gift against all odds! It’s the story of Abraham and Sara giving birth to Isaac “when they were as good as dead!”. It’s Eddie Rickenbacker’s “Sea Gull in the middle of the South Pacific!”. God acts with “Todah” moments for us too! Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good!

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Summer Psalms Series! Psalm 8, Soak Up Some “Comfort!”
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Saw it on the side of a building while strolling down a Hill Country sidewalk, “Come for Comfort!” ( It was in Comfort Texas). Comfort is what we need during our summer slow down, isn’t it?! A wise adage offers, Unless we “go apart” we will “come apart!”. Psalm 8 is about a quiet time of reflection that can fill the soul! David received it on a hillside while shepherding sheep and gazing into the heavens.

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It’s the Peanuts, they are Complimentary! or The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations!
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Bearing Fruit for Christ is what we want to do! There are Five Practices that produce such fruit bearing. The first is Radical Hospitality! The four that follow are: Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-taking Mission and Service and Extravagant Generosity. Radical Hospitality is about being Inviting, Welcoming… even beyond our comfort circles … to be as Christ to our new neighbor.

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The Five Practices- An Assessment of Health and Habits Plus Risk-Taking Service
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Our pilgrimage thru the Five Practices of Fruitful Living is like the laundry list of Health and Habit questions at the Doctor’s office. These practices keep us healthy and whole. The fourth healthy practice, Risk-Taking Mission and Service keeps our Heart of Faith pumping life into us and into others! Clay Crockett is an example before our eyes.

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Where Hospitality is…Jesus is! Radical Hospitality is keeping your heart open!
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The First Practice of Fruitful Congregations and Fruitful Living is Radical Hospitality. Jesus practiced radical hospitality. Jesus was Radical Hospitality. He kept His heart open to all. We would do well to practice the same. We are a part of the Body Of Christ because someone welcomed us. We are to do the same.

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