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Exploring Hope: Paths of righteousness

Psalm 23 is a beautiful piece of ancient Hebrew poetry that countless believers have sung and prayed for generations. Therefore, taking a verse a month, we are walking through this psalm verse by verse. And today, we find ourselves in verse 3: "He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake (Psalms 23:3 KJV)." Now, you may not ...

 
 

Exploring Hope: Christ leads

Psalm 23 is a beautiful piece of ancient Hebrew poetry that countless believers have sung and prayed for generations. Therefore, taking a verse a month, we are walking through this Psalm verse by verse. And today, we find ourselves in verse 2: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters” (Psalms 23:2 KJV). As you read this ...

 

Preserving Hope: The Lord is my shepherd

Psalm 23 is a beautiful and glorious piece of ancient Hebrew poetry. Countless people have valued and prayed it throughout human history. But it is still valuable today as well. Therefore, using my monthly column here at Chadds Ford Live, I’m going to walk through this psalm verse by verse over the next six months, Lord willing. So, here’s our first verse today: “The ...

 

Preserving Hope: Bible verses memorizing election

As election day approaches, how can you stay sane and spiritually healthy? Well, here are three Bible verses to consider (and memorize if you have time): • “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” (Luke 6:27 ESV). Who are your political enemies? If you are a Trump supporter, it may be Biden supporters. If you’re a Biden supporter, it may be Trump ...

 

Exploring Hope: Being gospel-centered

If you look at the beliefs section of the church I pastor in Garnet Valley, Hope Presbyterian, you’ll notice that we desire to be “gospel-centered.” Now, if you don’t know what the word gospel means, I encourage you to read the book of Romans in the New Testament and explore this link, which summarizes the gospel in clear language. I would also love to buy you coffee ...

 

Exploring Hope: The past and the future

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”  (Psalms 81:10 ESV) According to this verse from Psalm 81, God wants us to root our lives in two realities simultaneously — the past and the future. First, let’s look at how God wants us to root our lives in the past. He starts with a reminder (and don’t ...

 

Exploring Hope: Search me, O God

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”  (Psalms 139:23-24 ESV) We all want to be understood on some level. But sometimes we’re afraid of being truly known. What if we’re vulnerable and people still reject us? So, we choose isolation and anonymity because it ...

 

Exploring Hope: ‘In God We Trust’

Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Now, for people in the modern world, trusting in chariots and horses may sound like a pleasant metaphor. But remember, these were prime examples of human power and might in the ancient world. Therefore, I wonder how David would have written this verse in 2020: ...

 

Exploring Hope: No good apart from God 

The church I pastor, Hope Presbyterian, is currently praying through the book of Psalms as a response to COVID-19. And as I read Psalm 16, I was struck by these words: "Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you” (Psalms 16:1-2). What does it mean to “have no good” apart from God? Well, imagine a ...

 

Exploring Hope: In the wake of corona

My monthly article in Chadds Ford Life is all about exploring hope: this is important in our time as we consider the spread of COVID-19 and economic uncertainty. How should we respond to this international crisis? First, we should be smart and proactive, but we don't need to be afraid: God is in control. He loves the world. He gave his Son to redeem the world, and we ...

 

Exploring Hope: Good news or bad news

If you went out to the street in America and ask people what they think Christianity is all about, you would get a lot of different answers. Some might say that Christianity is about rules and regulations. Others might say that Christianity is about church buildings, robes, and ceremonies. Others might say that Christianity is about bigotry and holding on to outdated ...