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Psalm 89:20-37 -- Psalm 89:20-37 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
What a beautiful thing is rendered here. A covenant made and kept.
Psalm 19 -- Psalm 19 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Saint Paul gave the Christian church a great legacy, and that gift is the truth we proclaim: that gr
Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 -- Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
The words of the ancient Sunday school teacher still ring clear in memory.
Psalm 71:1-6 -- Psalm 71:1-6 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Martin Luther wrote it. Many have sung it lustily on Sunday morning.
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
If there's one thing that people universally appreciate, it's being heard.
Psalm 33:1-12 -- Psalm 33:1-12 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
"Praise befits the upright." This sounds right. It rolls off the tongue easily.
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
It was Rene Descartes who said, "I think, therefore I am." While not wishing to enter the questionab
Psalm 19 -- Psalm 19 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
What a potent poem is rendered in this psalm.
Psalm 146 -- Psalm 146 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Many Christians can be heard in or out of worship these days as they lift up their voices and say, "
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
This psalm hits the reader with laser-like precision.
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
It's Easter. For us, this is a day of new beginnings. It is the ultimate moment. Christ is risen!
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Power is basic to our existence as human beings.
Psalm 34:1-8 (9-22) -- Psalm 34:1-8 (9-22) -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
The most fervent of prayers we can offer up to God is the living out of our lives in faithfulness.
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 -- Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
This psalm represents a real struggle for most people.
Psalm 19 -- Psalm 19 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Many preachers use the last verse of this psalm as a prayer before launching into Sunday's sermon.
Psalm 146 -- Psalm 146 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
There is a well-worn axiom that warns against mixing religion and politics.
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
What a prayer is uttered here!
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Today, Christian people everywhere celebrate an incredibly absurd notion.
Psalm 34:1-10, 22 -- Psalm 34:1-10, 22 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
"I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth" (v. 1).
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 -- Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Go ahead. Take a coin from your pocket.
Psalm 20 -- Psalm 20 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Everyone wants a protector.
Psalm 146:5-10 -- Psalm 146:5-10 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
In this season of waiting there is a prior question that comes to mind.
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
This psalm takes aim, not only at a once and long ago world, but also places the contemporary scene
Psalm 118:14-29 -- Psalm 118:14-29 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Anyone can throw a party.
Psalm 36:5-10 -- Psalm 36:5-10 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
There is nothing quite so wonderful as someone you can trust.

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Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


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Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
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Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
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Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
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Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
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God's love brings us together.

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It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

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