How To Plead Your Case With God

April 16, 2007This Sunday's study (April 22nd) is based on Psalm 143.  It seems like the psalmist is always in some kind of crisis.  He's persecuted, crushed, in death's darkness, and distressed.  He's thirsty for God, his spirit is failing, and he's hounded by enemies.  In the context of feeling so overwhelmed, how should David pray?  Psalm 143 provides some interesting insights.

Last Sunday we spoke of the importance of meditating on the acts of God.  David brings this up in this psalm (verse 5).  The psalmist uses memory of God's past acts to get present results.  Memory builds faith!  As David remembered God's personal intervention in his life, he's saying, "Do it again, Yahweh!"  

We can learn much from the ancients on the topic of prayer.  If we learn to pray like David, we can expect to receive answers like David did.  To get there, we need to reacquaint ourselves with a God who longs to hear our voices, and One who loves to welcome His children who humble themselves before Him.  

Take a look at Psalm 143 this week.  Come with expectation when we meet on the Lord's Day.

Jim

Why Solomon Asked For Wisdom

April 11, 2007

I Kings 3 tells the classic account of Solomon's request for wisdom and Yahweh's overwhelming response.  In a dream, God appeared with a forthright invitation, “Ask!  What shall I give you?”  Here the God of heaven bends down to grant the supplication of a man and graciously puts the key to all His treasures in the young man's hand.  Within the bounds of reason, Solomon could have obtained anything he wished. 

Solomon responded first with a spirit of gratitude, acknowledging the bountiful blessings of Yahweh in the life of his father, David as well as in his own experience.  Then, he prays humbly, “I am a little child.”  Scholars believe Solomon was in his late teens or early twenties.  He was expressing his inadequacies as he faced the awesome tasks of leadership.  Facing the pressures of following his successful father and being so inexperienced moved Solomon to ask for wisdom.  It was a wise decision to admit his insufficiency before God.  The Bible repeatedly teaches us that God hears the pleas of the humble petitioner who admits his need. 

Solomon was granted wisdom and his career was blessed, so blessed that God gave him bonuses that would enhance his tenure as king.  When we truly seek God's kingdom and righteousness first (Matthew 6:33), God does take care of all the rest.  On Sunday we'll talk about how every believer is given the same promise given Solomon. 

Jim

Series On Devotion

March 8, 2007

The word “devoted” is a relatively common word in Scripture. Acts 2:42 reveals that the early believers were “devoted” to the apostles' doctrine and to one another.Paul was “devoted” to preaching (Acts 18:5). Paul used the word in urging followers to “devote” themselves to prayer (Colossians 4:2), and to one another (Romans 12:10).  Jesus spoke of the dilemma of being “devoted” to two masters (Matthew 6:24) and the impossibility of dividing one's heart. Devotion. The first century believer understood the term and strived to live that term because nothing less could direct one through times of trial and temptation. Our culture understands this term as well, because people will find themselves drawn to something or someone who demands a devotion-like status. In the next four weeks we will be looking at the description of a devoted follower of Christ - what it looks like. Being devoted to Christ has four dimensions we will explore in depth. I'm looking forward to studying with you and being challenged by God's Word!

Jim

 

Wide Angle: Framing Your World View

March 5, 2007

On Sunday March 11, we begin a new study series in the Sunday 9:30 AM class based on the video series Wide Angle: Framing Your World View.

Christian leaders Chuck Colson and Rick Warren have joined together to produce a stimulating new study called Wide Angle: Framing Your Worldview.

Our worldview -the way we look at life-impacts everything we do. The moral choices we make; the way we spend our money; the kind of relationships we have; the priorities we set.

The question is : Is our worldview fully shaped by Christian truth? And do we know the best way to detect and counter the false values of our culture?

In this brand new DVD study series, Colson and Warren tackle some of the key issues of our day: truth vs. relativism, creationism vs. Darwinism, tolerance, terrorism, and so much more. You will learn about competing worldviews, the biblical basis for a Christian worldview, and its application to every facet of life.

 


 

Chinese New Year 2007

March 2, 2007

On Saturday evening, February 24, we celebrated the Chinese New Year (the year of the pig) with Chinese food, a presentation about Chinese new year traditions, and a performance by a local Chinese orchestra. Thanks to Joe and Lisa Chai for doing such a great job organizing the food and presentation and arranging the musical performance!

There are a bunch of videos in the photo gallery: link. WRCC members, if you're logged in you should be able to upload some of your own photos of the event to the gallery. Here are a couple videos...first, hard at work with the food prep:

 

 

and second, Joe Chai's musical performance:

 


 

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