Posts by Dripping Springs Church of Christ (Page 2)

Posts by Dripping Springs Church of Christ (Page 2)

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What Every Church Needs

Jacob Rutledge In our consumer-driven culture, people are enticed to constantly be on the lookout for a better deal. Whether it’s the best bargain on a new car or the best job offer on the table, we naturally look out for our best interest. This mentality influences what we look for in a church as well. Instead of looking for a congregation that stands for truth, ministers to the poor, and seeks the lost, we often scope out congregations that…
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What’s Your Story?

When I was a child, my mother used to read me a story called “Dinosaur Dream” by author Dennis Nolan. It was a wonderful tale of a young boy who is surprised to discover an infant dinosaur scratching at his door one night. The book covers their adventure as young Gideon attempts to lead the creature back home. Recently, I bought the same book for my son and read it to him at night. I love a good story (I…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 47

One of my favorite scenes in C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” is when the new kings and queens are coronated. The regality associated with a coronation is a glorious occasion. As Americans we struggle to grasp such an image because of our resistance to royalty. Yet, when a good and righteous king/queen is crowned, the people rejoice as they anticipate the new blessings that will come with their reign. Throughout the Psalms, we witness several moments…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 12

When Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, he pleaded with the people to be “saved from the corrupt generation” (Acts 2:40). This seems odd. Isn’t every generation corrupted by sin? No doubt, yet there seems to be certain generations so corrupted by sin that they can be comparatively worse than previous or future ones. Certain generations, due to the influence of the church and historical/cultural changes, conform more to truth and goodness; others, in reaction to those generations, swing…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 10

Confusion and doubt, while not permanent staples in the life of the Christian, do arise as we walk in faith through this age of darkness. Even as we face this epidemic, some of you may be asking God, “Why?” We might feel irreverent when we say such, but the Lord gave us the Psalms to explore the entire breadth of human emotion in light of his saving presence and grace. For example, as we read Psalm 10, we witness the…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 9

Throughout our life, we face all kinds of judgments from people we know and don’t know. A discontented in-law might judge the way you raise your children; an overly critical neighbor might judge the way you chose to dress when they see you at the store; a friend might judge your poor relationship choices. Without fail, these critiques and criticisms will continue until this present world ends. Many of these judgments are unfair, biased, and fail to take into account…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 6

Sorrow can be very isolating; misery may love company, but grief can create a great loneliness. Sometimes, people—even our closest friends—don’t know how to respond, and innocently amplify our anguish by their refusal to speak. The complexity of grief is so multifaceted that, rarely, one experience is the same as another. Such confusion, once again, leaves people hesitant to reach out and respond to others. That being said, one of the most comforting thoughts throughout the Psalms is how God…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 5

I remember someone once asking me, “What if a prayer I offer to God conflicts with a prayer someone else is offering? I mean, what if answering my prayer will mean not answering another person’s prayer? What then?” I think that’s an excellent, interesting question—and one I won’t pretend to know the answer to. I do know that, whichever prayer conforms most fully to the will and purpose of God, will be the one that he grants (1 John 5:14).…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 4

What makes you happy? At what moment in your life do you feel the most joy? Is it when your family is gathered around the table during the holidays? Is it when you receive your bonus check at the end of the year? Is it when you get the chance to take a vacation to your favorite spot? All of these can be good and wholesome pleasures that we enjoy, yet none of them compare to the joy that God…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 26

1 Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. 2 Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. 3 For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. 4 I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. 5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 2

Every political season (including our current one) is filled with promises and premonitions about the future. Our preferred candidate is lionized, and their opponent demonized. Dire warnings of future calamity are ensured if this particular candidate is elected. It’s easy to be swept up in the hype. The frenzy of political campaigns creates a particular zeal that is somewhat terrifying: some people will do just about anything—and hurt anyone—to ensure victory for their candidate. Unfortunately, this zeal is sometimes misplaced,…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 42

Growing up in Texas, my summers were filled with memories of satiating my thirst from a water hose. One of the great joys of being a child in East Texas was running through the pine trees until you were panting, only to drink deeply from the cold water of the hose outside. I can remember the feeling now: the first gulp quenching my thirst and refreshing my body. While some reading this may not have the same experience, you surely…