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Romans 1:18-32

July 28, 2019 • Jay Thomas

Romans 1:18–32 [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. [19] For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. [20] For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. [21] For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. [22] Claiming to be wise, they became fools, [23] and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. [24] Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, [25] because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. [26] For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; [27] and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. [28] And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. [29] They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, [30] slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, [31] foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. [32] Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (ESV)

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He Trains My Hands for War

August 4, 2019 • Eric McKiddie

Psalm 18:25–42 [25] With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; [26] with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous. [27] For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down. [28] For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness. [29] For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. [30] This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. [31] For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?— [32] the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. [33] He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. [34] He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. [35] You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. [36] You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip. [37] I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed. [38] I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet. [39] For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me. [40] You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed. [41] They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them. [42] I beat them fine as dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets. (ESV)