You and the Psalms

At Christ Community Church we’re beginning a short journey with the Bible’s song & prayerbook, the Psalms. On Sunday, Pastor Chelsey shared her prayer for the congregation through this series, that each of us would see how the Psalms are prayers that we can use today in a number of different ways: giving us words and images to pray, freeing us to express our true emotions or feelings, guiding us in theological reflection as we connect our lives with the words of the Psalms, helping us find ourselves in God’s big story and his people’s history, and serving as a launchpad for our own prayers.

To think more about what the Psalms, as God’s Word, have the power to do, read “Scripture Teaches us How to Speak.”

To read an example of the Psalms’ power today, learn from Micha and her son in “Lament and Faith and Childhood: Why my kid and I read the sad Psalms.”

To try your hand as a family, consider using these free downloadable and printable devotions from Robert and Laura Keeley.

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New on the bookshelf

ImageHaving just returned from a study trip to the Middle East, our Pastor is really inspired to keep in touch with the historical and cultural context of Scripture. So added to the bookshelf this week is a book that focuses on God’s Word, seeking to understand Jesus more fully: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus.

This book is easy to read (it’s not meant for academics and students, but for everyone who follows after Christ). It has the potential to inspire you to explore of the biblical narrative, cultural context, and wonder what God was/is up to, and it includes a sampling of prayers that Jesus himself would have prayed, affording Christians to the opportunities to use them as well.