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  • Throughout History (Psalm 105:16~36) Oct 21, 2018
    Views 0 Update Oct 21, 2018 Speakers Steve Robbins

    16 He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;
    17 and he sent a man before them -- Joseph, sold as a slave.
    18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons,
    19 till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true.
    20 The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free.
    21 He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed,
    22 to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.
    23 Then Israel entered Egypt; Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.
    24 The LORD made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous for their foes,
    25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people, to conspire against his servants.
    26 He sent Moses his servant, and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
    27 They performed his miraculous signs among them, his wonders in the land of Ham.
    28 He sent darkness and made the land dark -- for had they not rebelled against his words?
    29 He turned their waters into blood, causing their fish to die.
    30 Their land teemed with frogs, which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.
    31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country.
    32 He turned their rain into hail, with lightning throughout their land;
    33 he struck down their vines and fig trees and shattered the trees of their country.
    34 He spoke, and the locusts came, grasshoppers without number;
    35 they ate up every green thing in their land, ate up the produce of their soil.
    36 Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their manhood.

     

     

    Reflection

    He Is Faithful (105:16–36)

    These verses recount the life of Joseph who went from being enslaved and unjustly imprisoned to becoming second-in-command to the Pharaoh of Egypt. The descendants of Joseph and his brothers eventually became the nation of Israel, and though they suffered for a time because of their rebellion and sin, God used Moses and Aaron to perform signs and wonders and deliver them from captivity. Through this passage, the psalmist reminds His people of the faithfulness and favor of God. He was faithful to His people in the past, and He continues to be faithful to us today. When we are tempted to doubt the goodness of God, we can remind ourselves of His faithfulness throughout history and remember that He remains faithful to us. 

     

    How can you encourage those who are doubting the faithfulness of God? What testimonies can you share from your life?

     

     

     

    A letter to God 

    The Unreached
    The Dhofari Arabs reside in the coastal regions of Oman. They speak their own variety of Arabic and practice the Ibadi, a school of Islam. As open Christian witness is prohibited, media is effective in delivering the Gospel. Pray that the Dhofari Arabs would be drawn to the resources, and that they would accept Jesus as their Savior.

     

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • Make God Known (Psalm 105:1~15) Oct 20, 2018
    Views 0 Update Oct 20, 2018 Speakers Steve Robbins

    1 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
    2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
    3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
    4 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
    5 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
    6 O descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
    7 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
    8 He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,
    9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
    10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
    11 "To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit."
    12 When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it,
    13 they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
    14 He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings:
    15 "Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm."

     

     

    Reflection

    Remember His Wonders (105:1–7)

    In this historical psalm, we see that God’s people are called to give praise to the LORD and make His name known among the nations. They should sing to Him and give glory to His name because of all His wonderful acts. His people should seek His face and remember all of the wonders, miracles, and judgments of God, and recognize His goodness toward them. We have so many reasons to celebrate the LORD and proclaim His faithfulness to everyone around us. As we remember all that He has done for us, may we sing His praises and tell of all His wonderful acts.

     

    What wonderful acts has God done for you? What are your favorite songs to sing in response to His goodness and faithfulness?

     

    Keep His Covenant (105:8–15)

    While God’s people face punishment for repeatedly sinning and rebelling against Him, God remembers His covenant for a thousand generations. He keeps the promise He made to Abraham to give the land of Canaan to his descendants, and He protects His anointed ones as they wander from nation to nation. Despite our sinfulness, God has been faithful to us. He demonstrated His commitment when He made a way for us to be in a relationship with Him through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. May we be thankful for His faithfulness and continue to keep our covenant with Him as we rely on His goodness and grace. 

     

    Why are you thankful for God’s covenant with us? How can you demonstrate your commitment to Him?

     

     

    A letter to God 

    Father, thank you for being so faithful in keeping Your promises throughout all generations. As I remember all of Your wonderful acts, may I sing your praises and demonstrate my commitment to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • His Many Works (Psalm 104:19~35) Oct 19, 2018
    Views 0 Update Oct 19, 2018 Speakers Stephen Cha

    19 The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.
    20 You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
    21 The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.
    22 The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens.
    23 Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.
    24 How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
    25 There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number -- living things both large and small.
    26 There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
    27 These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time.
    28 When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.
    29 When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.
    30 When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.
    31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works --
    32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
    33 I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
    34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.
    35 But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more. Praise the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD.

     

     

    Reflection

    In Awe of the Creator (104:19–26)

    God made the moon to mark the seasons. He made the sun to give us light. He made the earth and every living creature, including the fierce and powerful lions that cannot receive their food without Him. Everything is orchestrated by the LORD and the universe cannot function without God. It is His providence that allows animals to frolic in the seas and sustains people to go to work and labor until evening. The psalmist praises God because everything is designed according to His wisdom, and it is under His sovereignty. Everything is made for God’s glory, and just by looking at the order in creation, we too can stand in awe of the One who made it all!

     

    When was the last time you paused to marvel at all that God has created? How can you praise Him today for the amazing order and design in creation?

     

    Sing to the LORD! (104:27–35)

    The LORD deserves the highest praise, for all creatures look to Him for food, and His people are satisfied with good things from His hands. Praise is the only right response to God’s sustaining grace in our lives. However, there are those who fail to recognize this grace and continue in their wicked ways. They have hardened their hearts against God and would rather indulge in their sin than receive the love of God. They will face judgment for their sin, but those who repent and turn back to Him will recognize all that God has done for creation. His people will sing praises to the LORD all their lives and worship Him for all eternity.

     

    How often do you sing praises to God? How can you encourage others to turn away from their sin and join in singing His praises?

     

     

    A letter to God 

    Father, thank you for guiding and sustaining all of creation. Thank you for Your gracious hand providing for Your people. I desire to sing Your praises all of my life and worship You alone. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • God the Creator (Psalm 104:1~18) Oct 18, 2018
    Views 0 Update Oct 18, 2018 Speakers Stephen Cha

    1 Psalm 104 Praise the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
    2 He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent
    3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.
    4 He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.
    5 He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
    6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
    7 But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
    8 they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them.
    9 You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.
    10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.
    11 They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
    12 The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.
    13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
    14 He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate -- bringing forth food from the earth:
    15 wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.
    16 The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
    17 There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the pine trees.
    18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the coneys.

     

     

    Reflection

    God Is Very Great (104:1–9)

    The language and imagery of this psalm mirrors the creation story of Genesis 1. God’s dwelling place is in heaven where He reigns in splendor and majesty. He moves light and space as though they were made of cloth. He fixed the foundations of the earth and determined the exact dimensions of the waters. All created things live within the boundaries God has designed for them. He is in control of all that He has made and continues to care for it with His powerful Word. In every difficult situation we face, we should remember the greatness of God who holds the world in His hands. There is nothing that is too big or difficult for Him.

     

    What are some of the greatest forces on earth? How does God’s greatness and power change your perspective on earthly powers?

     

    God Cares for Us (104:10–18)

    The psalmist continues his reflection on creation and focuses on how God cares for the land and provides for living creatures. Just as God created mountains and fields, He also carefully sustains all the animals that live there. He makes sure that animals and birds are nourished with everything they need to survive. For human beings, God does even more: He provides them with things that satisfy and bring joy. God cares for all His creatures, especially those made in His image. We can be confident that God is always caring for us, even when we cannot perceive Him. Let us keep believing that we are in God’s loving hands wherever we go.

     

    What are some of God’s good gifts that satisfy you and bring you joy? How can you inspire others to be thankful for God’s care and provision?

     

     

    A letter to God 

    Father, I praise You for being the Almighty God who created the universe. Even though You reign in heaven with power and glory, You care about me and know every detail of my life. Help me to always trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • Love of God (Psalm 103:13~22) Oct 17, 2018
    Views 0 Update Oct 17, 2018 Speakers Stephen Cha

    13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
    14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
    15 As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;
    16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
    17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children --
    18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
    19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
    20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.
    21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.
    22 Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

     

     

    Reflection

    Fatherly Love (103:13–18)

    The psalmist compares humanity with dust and grass: we are here for one moment and gone the next. Even though our lives might seem short and meaningless, God still loves us as a father loves his son. A father sees beyond the son’s mistakes and appearances; he loves his son simply because he belongs to him. And just as a good earthly father would sacrifice himself to save his child’s life, our heavenly Father also paid the highest price by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die for us. It is impossible to comprehend God’s love to His people who are so undeserving. Let us simply receive it by faith and live our lives for the glory of His name. 

     

    When do you doubt the love of God? How can you remind yourself everyday of God’s unchanging love?

     

    Heaven’s Praise (103:19–22)

    The psalm concludes with resounding praise to the LORD. In light of His greatness and grace, the worshiper is assured that the LORD alone is the eternal King. All creation is called upon to praise Him who rules over all. Not only is His dominion over the earth but over heaven as well. The angels and the mighty armies of heaven obey His every command and must therefore praise Him. Not only does God rule over material things, but His dominion extends even over things we do not see, including every spiritual force and realm of darkness. We can be confident that there is nothing in all creation that is beyond His control or able to separate us from His love.

     

    What kinds of unseen, mysterious things frighten you? How does God’s rule over creation give you comfort and confidence in Him?

     

    A letter to God 

    Heavenly Father, thank you that You love me even though I am imperfect and have many weaknesses. Help me not to rely on my own strength but on Your grace and power as I proclaim Your greatness to those around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.