This will be the fifth and final installment in study series from Psalms.Â We've talked about God's surprising power over my disappointment, confusion, hurt, and fear.Â Failure seems to be the toughest because we usually bring this on ourselves.Â Â
Baptist minister, Don Pipper was driving his small Ford on his way home from a conference in Texas. A truck crossed the center line and hit him head-on. The medical response team checked for life in his mangled body, but there was no pulse, and one look at the broken and bloody body confirmed that he was dead. But, he wasn't. Another minister came upon the scene and asked the policeman in charge if he could pray for the man in the car with the tarp covering his body. He was given permission, and a miracle happened. Don Pipper awoke singing, "What A Friend We Have In Jesus"!
Are you ready for the Super Bowl this coming Sunday?Â Evidently, the whole world will be tuning in.Â Â
We're in week four of our series.Â On Sunday we will look at a Harris Poll of what Americans are afraid of.Â We are fearful creatures and a very fear-filled culture.Â Each day we're reminded of the losses of terrorism, but did you know more people die each year from water than all the explosions of terrorism? After 911, travel in the airwaves decreased, but did you know fatalities from automobile accidents went up.Â Why?Â Simple.Â We are 27 times more likely to die in a car accident than in an air disaster.Â When passengers stopped flying and started riding, fatalities rose.Â What does the Bible have to say about fear?Â We'll study this on Sunday with a special look at Psalm 46.Â Looking foward to our time in the Word and our worship.
Weâ€™re half-way through our study, Godâ€™s Surprising Power with this Sundayâ€™s message, "Over My Hurt.â€ Imagine a world where everyone loved and cared, told no lies, a world where there was never any betrayal or dishonesty. We can only imagine that kind of world because truth is, we live in enemy territory where spirits are gashed daily. At some time we all get hurt.
This Sunday, Lord willing, we will be looking at Psalm 55. At some point in Davidâ€™s tenure as king he was betrayed by a close friend. David was no weakling, but this crushed him. What can we learn from Davidâ€™s hurt and his response? Take some time this week and read Psalm 55. Ask God to open your heart to the truths of this text. Invite a friend. Share a CD. God has surprising power for those who trust Him.
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