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Tidal Surge ... from StoryShare | Stories | Matthew 21:1-11 | Isaiah 50:4-9a | Psalm 31:9-16 | C. David McKirachan | Frank Ramirez |
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"Tidal Surge" by C. David McKirachan
"We Are Assured" by Frank Ramirez

Tidal Surge
by C. David McKirachan
Matthew 21:1-11

Through my years of ministry, I’d get to Palm Sunday and find myself grumpy, emotionally worn out, and on the edge of anger.  I related it to the marathon of Lent, the classes, the special services, and the end of winter all conspiring >> More


Lent 1 ... from SermonStudio | devotional | Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 | from the book Water From the Rock | Stephen P. McCutchan |
On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
-- Psalm 91:12

Psalm 91 is a psalm of trust in the power of God to deliver us from all that threatens us. The reader will recognize that this was the psalm Satan quoted when he was tempting Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew >> More


Proper 17 / Pentecost 15 / Ordinary Time 22 ... from SermonStudio | devotional | Psalm 81:1, 10-16 | from the book Water From the Rock | Stephen P. McCutchan |
I would feed you with the finest of wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.
-- Psalm 81:16

This psalm reminds us of a central feature of Israel's faith that has been preserved in the Christian faith as well. The center of both Israel's life and that of Christians is worship. It is in worship that we reaffirm >> More


Psalm 16 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 16 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
This psalm is a beautiful utterance of loyalty. More than that, it is a profession of oneness, of unity, of an almost sublime acceptance of God's sovereignty in one's life. The quality shown here is a melding of submission and adoration. In this comes the acceptance of limitations in life.

"The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places." >> More


Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
In a bookshelf in my living room sits a testimony to change. On the bottom shelf is a row of 45 rpm records. Among them are greats by Gene Pitney, the Beach Boys, and the Beatles. On the next shelf resides several rows of 33 1/3 rpm record albums. Among these are collections by such greats as Bob Dylan, Jimi >> More


Psalm 31:9-16 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 31:9-16 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
At first, this psalm conjures up the words of an old acquaintance who frequently would call on the phone to say that "I'm not paranoid, they really are out to get me!" It was always offered with tongue-in-cheek. This response, of course, is smarmy in the extreme and offers the benefit of not having to engage the text. But then >> More


Psalm 31:9-16 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 31:9-16 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
There are times when paranoia is a well-founded emotion. Sometimes people are out to get you. It's an unpleasant truth but a truth, nonetheless. Certain pastors reading this can readily nod in agreement as they recall brushes with angry and often unwell parishioners who pour their life's venom out upon the clergy. Others have felt it when life simply goes >> More


Psalm 31:9-16 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 31:9-16 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
It was late one night, and the young people in the church were having a party. There is no denying that things were a little rowdy. There is not much sense in pretending that the kids were not boisterous and dancing up a storm. It was, after all, a party. Suddenly, the door to the fellowship hall burst open and >> More


Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
What are the stories we pass on to our children? Every family has them. My own father concocted an elaborate set of stories based on the adventures of an elf who lived in the forest around my childhood home. This elf had all kinds of adventures with various animals, with each story a moral that somehow fit into the particular >> More


Psalm 81:1, 10-16 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 81:1, 10-16 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
In talking about God, the conversation usually is about how we feel about God. The discussion will center around our experience of God and around our particular beliefs in and about God. But seldom do we pause to consider the world, or us, from God's point of view. What must God think? What must God feel? What, one wry preacher >> More


Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
Having someone hate you is a difficult thing to bear. Having someone hate you and then try to do something against you is even worse. The fear, the sense of powerlessness, and the insecurity one feels at a time like this is difficult to describe. The whole body fills with tension. It's difficult to focus or concentrate. Over and over >> More


Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
This psalm represents a real struggle for most people. Simply put, the psalmist is positing that if you trust enough in God, no evil will befall you. At the risk of contradicting scripture, let it be said that even the most simple among us know this to be false. The world is full of good God-trusting people who have fallen >> More


Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
Go ahead. Take a coin from your pocket. Hold it up and look to see where it says, "In God We Trust." It is quite a statement. Trust itself is something when it is actually accomplished. Think, for example, about the number of people in your life who have your full, unqualified trust. If you're like most people, the number >> More


Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
Sometimes it's hard to keep the big picture in mind. When the exigencies of the present moment conspire against us it's nearly impossible to look past the current struggle. Whether it's an argument with one's spouse or a disagreement at work, most people find themselves caught up in the heat of what's going on and forget -- too often -- >> More


Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 ... from SermonStudio | Preaching | Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 | from the book A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times | Schuyler Rhodes |
"I owe you one." These words came out of my mouth only yesterday as a church member graciously agreed to attend a meeting in my stead. Indeed, it was a generous thing and a debt is outstanding indeed. This debt, of course, is likely to be paid through a pleasant lunch or some other social interaction. But here is a >> More

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