Why Another Conference?

This fall on Monday, September 26, God Centered Life will be hosting “The Word Conference” at College Church in Wheaton, Chicagoland. Why another conference? As I have thought and prayed about this, it seemed to be important, and the right time, for us to do another conference for a number of different reasons. First, as…

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June 26-30, 2022

In keeping with the Bible reading plan we are using, the last days of each month are designated as “free days.” June 26-30 then are intended to allow you to catch up on reading you may have missed or to study passages more in depth that intrigued you during the first 25 days of the month.…

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Psalm 122: The House of the Lord!

2 Kings 24-25, Psalm 122, Luke 7:1-10, Philippians 4:14-23 Psalm 122: It is perhaps easy to think of the gathering of God’s people for church as a routine event. We get up, get ready, get the kids in the car if we have a young family, and turn up to church once more. There are some songs. There…

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Psalm 121: Ask for Help!

2 Kings 22-23, Psalm 121, Luke 6:43-49, Philippians 4:8-13 Psalm 121: The next step in this journey to joy is found in the psalm in front of us today. It is to call upon God for help. “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who…

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Psalm 120: I Am for Peace

2 Kings 20-21, Psalm 120, Luke 6:37-42, Philippians 4:1-7 Psalm 120: I have written extensively on the Psalms of Ascents in a book called Journey to Joy. I have also preached through the Psalms. These devotionals will not go through the same ground again that you can find either online through the sermons or in the book Journey…

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Psalm 119:169-176: Seek Your Servant

2 Kings 18-19, Psalm 119:169-176, Luke 6:27-36, Philippians 3:15-21 Psalm 119:169-176: The same passion that has been evident throughout this psalm is present yet again. Is this how we react to God’s Word and to God himself? Do our eyes glaze over when we hear talk of God—and only perk up when we realize there is something in…

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Psalm 119:161-168: Princes Persecute Me Without Cause

2 Kings 16-17, Psalm 119:161-168, Luke 6:17-26, Philippians 3:10-14 Psalm 119:161-168: It is one thing generally speaking to be under attack, but it is another thing to be under attack without any reason for it. It is still worse to be under attack when the person who is attacking you without any reason is a person of considerable…

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Psalm 119:153-160: What to Pray When You Are Suffering

2 Kings 14-15, Psalm 119:153-160, Luke 6:1-16, Philippians 3:1-9 Psalm 119:153-160: The “affliction” of the author of Psalm 119 once more comes to the fore: “Look on my affliction and deliver me” (119:153). Do you sense that you have an “affliction”? That is, are you suffering, in pain, in trauma of some kind, whether emotional or physical? Sometimes…

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Psalm 119:145-152: With My Whole Heart I Cry!

2 Kings 12-13, Psalm 119:145-152, Luke 5:33-39, Philippians 2:19-30 Psalm 119:145-152: Prayer can sometimes seem as if it is a cold-blooded affair. We are told to “say our prayers” or “to say a prayer” or even “give an invocation” or “make intercession.” But prayer in the Bible is life and fire, heat and passion. The psalmist is praying;…

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Psalm 119:137-144: Righteous Are You

2 Kings 10-11, Psalm 119:137-144, Luke 5:27-32, Philippians 2:12-18 Psalm 119:137-144: It is almost a truism to say that what God does is right—but we nonetheless often question whether that truism is true in actual fact. Some of the parts of the Bible may seem to us harsh or difficult to understand. Some of what happens in this…

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