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Sermons by Glenn Peterson

WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR JOY

Scripture: Psalm 42 and 43 I. When you lose your joy, remember what God has done in the past. A. The singer, one of the Sons of Korah, wanted to be in the house of God to worship God (Psalm 42:4). He wanted to be in Jerusalem. But he was far from Jerusalem. He was…

The Lord is My Shepherd-King

Scripture: Psalm 23 I. The Lord my shepherd-king provides for me. A. Perhaps, when David thought about how God had provided for all his needs as his shepherd (vs. 1), he thought back on how God had been a shepherd to Israel. Deuteronomy 2:7: “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of…

PRAYING WITH CONFIDENCE

Scripture: Psalm 20 I. You can pray with confidence when you pray for righteous causes. A. Psalm 20:1 makes it clear that Israel needs God’s help at this time. Before a particular battle King David has gone to the tabernacle to pray. And while he prays to God at the corner of the altar for…

Flight or Faith

Scripture: Psalm 11 I. When your world is threatened, you can choose flight. A. At the end of verse 1 we see how King David was tempted. He is taunted by some wicked people who tell him, “Flee like a bird to your mountain.” Why was King David in such danger? Verse 2 says his…

The Coronation of King Jesus

Scripture: Psalm 2 I. You should not respond to King Jesus with foolish rebellion. A. This song was originally intended to be sung for the coronation of Israel’s kings. This coronation of Israel’s king would be a day of great joy for Israel. But the nations around Israel would see coronation day as an opportunity…

Two Ways to Live

Scripture: Psalm 1 I. You can walk the blessed way of the righteous. A. Some people think that to be blessed means to be happy. But we saw in our study of Philippians that happiness depends on circumstances. We know that the blessed are not always happy because of what Jesus said about the blessed…

The Joyful Person is Content

Scripture: Philippians 4:10-20 I. You learn contentment by being generous. A. Paul’s awkward word of thanks to the Philippians begins in verse 10. Even though Paul is in jail he says that he has an abundance because of the generous gift of the Philippians (vs. 18). The Philippians were quite poor. 2 Corinthians 8:1-2: “We…

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9 I. If you want to rejoice in the Lord always, you need to be gentle. A. The church could always rejoice in the Lord (vs. 4). The church could rejoice in who God is and in what He has done and is doing and will do on their behalf. Paul’s command to…

The Way Church Should Be

Scripture: Philippians 4:1-3 I. Church should be a place of fighting against enemies and evil. A. Yes, the apostle Paul thinks that church should be a place of love. Notice all the terms of endearment that Paul piles on top of one another to describe how he feels about the people in the Philippian church…

Who Not to Follow

Scripture: Philippians 3:17-19 I. You do not follow enemies of the cross because they live opposite to Christ’s way. A. Paul makes a bold request in vs. 17: “Brothers, join in imitating me.” He is saying, “If you want an example of what a Christian looks like, look at me. Follow my example.” Paul recognizes…