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  • 'The People Imagine a Vain Thing...Psalm 1 and 2 pt 5

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. (Psalm 2:1-4)Psalm one and Psalm Two go together. Psalm one looks at an individual over against the world he lives in. The Individual is separated inwardly, he thinks differently because he has a different source, the Law of God. He meditates on...
  • He Shall Be Like a TREE...Psalm 1 and 2 pt 3

    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.(Psalm 1:1-3)In the first Psalm, God reveals the marks of the truly blessed man. His blessedness comes not from outward...
  • Psalm 1 and 2 ...pt 1

    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the...
  • "Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water" (Sermon on Psalm 1)

    09/03/2016 10:52:14 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 4, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water” (Psalm 1) One of the delights of late summer is all the delicious fruit that we get to enjoy, fruit that the fruit trees have produced: peaches, apples, cherries. Juicy, ripe, sweet--the fruit is so delicious. I think the peaches are my favorite. But those fruit trees could not have yielded all that good fruit unless they had a plentiful supply of water. They need the water to produce the fruit. In a way, that is a picture of our lives as Christians. We need the “water” of God’s word in order...
  • Reid accuses GOP senator of 'praying' for Obama's death

    06/10/2016 5:30:02 PM PDT · by blueyon · 67 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6/10/16 | Chad Pergram
    As if the 2016 cycle couldn’t get any uglier, a nasty war of words broke out Friday when Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid accused a Republican senator of “praying” for President Obama’s death. ADVERTISEMENT The allegations followed Georgia Sen. David Perdue’s remarks Friday to a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington. “We are called to pray for our country, for our leaders, and yes, even our president,” Perdue said. “I think we should pray for Barack Obama.” He added, “We need to be very specific about how we pray. We should pray like Psalms 109:8 says. It says, 'Let...
  • The Heathen Have Dug a Pit...Psalm 9 pt 5

    The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. (Psalm 9:14-15)The ninth Psalm is an eschatological revelation. The Psalmist ,by the Holy Spirit celebrates the coming of the LORD . At his Arrival, the united international enemies of Israel fall, they are turned back and routed! They had besieged her in their fury, but God rebukes them,”putting out their name” forever! The LORD comes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Bishop Doerfler’s Stunning Church Music Letter

    03/31/2016 7:23:30 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Corpus Christi Watershed ^ | 03.31.16 | Jeff Ostrowski
    Bishop Doerfler’s Stunning Church Music Letter   HE PSALMS from the Old Testament give witness to the human expression of faith through Sacred Music that manifests the beauty of God. It is our joy to give God the best, most beautiful musical expression that we can offer him as we sing the Mass. My illustrious predecessor, the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, wrote eloquently regarding Sacred Music in his pastoral letter entitled, Rejoice in the Lord Always. The teaching and directives given therein remain in effect, although he acknowledged that the implementation of the directives would take some time...
  • "Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Isaiah 52-53; Psalm 22; Mark 15)

    04/03/2015 9:15:23 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 3, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?” (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; Psalm 22; Mark 15:1-47)“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” This is one of the seven words from the cross, that is, one of the seven times Jesus spoke during his crucifixion. “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” This saying of Jesus is recorded for us in two of the four gospels, in Matthew and Mark, where it is the only word from the cross that is recorded. For the other words from the cross, we have to go to Luke and John. “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” I think what is so striking about this word from...
  • "A Fruitful Tree" (Sermon on Galatians 5:16-25; John 15:1-5; Psalm 1)

    03/14/2015 12:32:33 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 11, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Fruitful Tree” (Galatians 5:16-25; John 15:1-5; Psalm 1)We just heard a bunch of readings from a variety of places in the Bible--Psalm 1, Proverbs, Jeremiah, Paul’s letter to the Galatians, and words of Jesus from the gospels of St. Luke and St. John--and all of these readings, about trees bearing fruit. This is an image of course of people and the fruits or works that they produce in their lives. Now the first thing to recognize is that we all bear fruit. We all produce works in our lives. The question is, though: What kind of fruit are we...
  • Are There Hateful, Vindictive Psalms in the Bible?

    03/13/2015 9:05:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CRI ^ | 03/12/2015 | Paul Copan
    O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one,How blessed will be the one who repays youWith the recompense with which you have repaid us.How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little onesAgainst the rock! (Ps. 137:8–9)2What nasty person would say such things? Well—a pretty angry psalmist! This portion of Psalm 137 is one of various “imprecatory psalms” (Pss. 7, 12, 35, 55, 58, 59, 69, 79, 83, 109, 137, 139). “Imprecation” is the calling down of curses or divine judgments on someone. Imprecatory passages have shocked some modern editors into performing “psalmectomies” on psalter hymnals, excising these...
  • "Restore Us, O God" (Advent sermon on Psalms 80, 85, 126)

    12/03/2014 8:21:28 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 3, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Restore Us, O God” (Psalms 80, 85, 126)We’ve just heard three psalms that are appointed for this Advent season, Psalms 80, 85, and 126. Did you happen to catch what they have in common? There was a connecting theme running through all three of these psalms. And here it is. It is the prayer, in one form or another, that goes something like this: “Restore Us, O God.” In Psalm 126, we heard of a previous restoration: “When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” And then the psalmist prays that the Lord would...
  • I Delight To Do Thy Will...Psalm 42 pt 1

    06/14/2014 5:50:11 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies
    06-15-14 | Bill Randles
    Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.(Psalm 40:6-8)The Psalms of the Bible, can only be fully appreciated when one realizes that they are the prayers not only of Israel, but of Israel’s Messiah. The Messiah is in the psalms, he is predicted there, his prayers, worship, thoughts, hopes, are recorded in this prayer-book...
  • St. John Fisher on Why Christians Should Frequently Pray the Seven Penitential Psalms [Ecumenical]

    03/11/2014 11:28:31 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 8 replies
    Dignare Me Laudare Te, Virgo Sacrata blog ^ | Early 16th century | St. John Fisher
    "...All we Christian people are indeed duty-bound to give great and undying thanks to the holy prophet David, who so diligently left us in writing his most devout psalms for us and our posterity to read. And he did so, it seems to me, chiefly for three reasons: first, that the minds of sinners might be raised up and excited by these holy psalms...secondly, that if any man or woman had fallen into great and abominable sins, they should not despair but put their entire and steadfast hope of forgiveness in God; thirdly, that they might use these holy psalms...
  • He Shall BE Like A Tree...pt 2

    03/05/2014 8:49:17 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/he-will-be-like-a-tree-psalm-1-pt-2/ | JAn 2011 | Bill Randles
    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.(Psalm 1:1-3)In the first Psalm, God reveals the marks of the truly blessed man. His blessedness comes not from outward...
  • "Rejoicing in the God Who Has Taught Us" (Sermon on Psalm 71:17-18)

    12/21/2013 1:55:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 22, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rejoicing in the God Who Has Taught Us” (Psalm 71:17-18)“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” These words from Philippians remind us that we have much to be joyful over. And indeed we do. Think of it: It’s Advent, almost Christmas, and so we rejoice over the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, first at Christmas, coming in the flesh to be born and live and die and rise again as our Savior, and coming again at the Last Day, a day we look forward to with great hope and anticipation, knowing that God will raise our...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DE PROFUNDIS, 12-07-13

    12/07/2013 10:52:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-07-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DE PROFUNDIS Psalm 129, "Out of the depths," which is one of the fifteen Gradual Psalms and the one of the seven Penitential Psalms. It is part of the Divine Office, generally recited or sung at Vespers, and always in the Office of the Dead. In the revised Handbook of Indulgences there is a partial indulgence granted for every recitation of De Profundis. Its theme is a plea for divine mercy and the expression of confident trust in God. In some countries this Psalm is recited to the ringing of the bell about 9 P.M., and...
  • Shipwrecked Man Survives Underwater for Three Days Praying Psalms

    12/06/2013 6:54:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Lagos, Nigeria, Dec 5, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- After a shipwreck off the coast of Nigeria, a 29-year-old man survived three days at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean while constantly reciting a psalm his wife mentioned to him during their last conversation. Harrison Okene was a Nigerian cook on the tugboat Jascon 4, which was one of three vessels pulling an oil tanker. It capsized and sank about 32 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria in late May with its 12 crew members aboard. Although the shipwreck occurred in May, a video of the dramatic rescued surfaced this...
  • 10 Reasons Why We Should Sing the Psalms

    07/15/2013 5:03:05 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7-15-13 | Uri Brito
    Many of us grew up in theological backgrounds where the psalms were known, but not sung. These theological backgrounds are anomalies throughout the history of the Church. E.F. Harrison observed that "Psalmody was a part of the synagogue service that naturally passed over into the life of the church." Calvin Stapert speaks of the fathers' "enthusiastic promotion of psalm-singing" which he says, "reached an unprecedented peak in the fourth century." James McKinnon speaks of "an unprecedented wave of enthusiasm" for the psalms in the second half of the fourth century. Hughes Oliphint Old argued that Calvin appealed to the church...
  • Why We Sing Old Testament Psalms

    05/19/2013 7:24:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-19-13 | Daniel R. Hyde
    We sing the Psalms because the people of God have been doing so since as early as Moses (Ps. 90) and especially during the days of David, when the Psalter became the “hymnal” of Israel. When we sing them, we identify with our most ancient forefathers and offer transcendent praise, applicable in all times and in all places.
  • "Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response" (Sermon)

    01/19/2013 7:12:59 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 20, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 128:1-6; John 2:1-11)The readings for today--the Old Testament Reading, the Psalm, and the Holy Gospel--these readings are filled with references to marriage and the family. They use the language and imagery of marriage and the family--and in the Gospel’s case, even the occasion of a wedding--to describe God’s love for humanity. The blessings of marriage and children are gifts that God gives to all people, and they are also pictures of the relationship that God has with his own people, the church. Look at how that...