8/31/14 – Preview

Have you been going along by faith, things going well and then all of a sudden the sky seems to fall in? You wonder, what happened? Did I do something wrong? Am I under attack? You cry out to God, when is this going to end? But your prayers seem to hit a blank wall.

Life as Joseph knew it ended, and I doubt that he felt fine. He went from the favored son to a slave in irons, changing nations, languages, habits, and being sold twice. The captain of Pharaoh’s palace guard bought him. God was with Joseph, though, and gave him great success. Then Joseph suddenly found himself in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. It’s called being a student in God’s School of Fire. If you have experienced setbacks, this study promises to be very relevant. Sunday School is at 9:15, worship at 10:30. Special Guest KEN WEAVER joins us! I can’t wait to see you!

READ Genesis 39 and Romans 8:5-13

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8/24/14 – Who’s In Charge Here?

Someone said to me this week, “My faith is really important to me, but there are some things I don’t understand. I know the stories, but not always the meaning behind them.” Oh. He’s talking about theology, things like sovereignty, providence, predestination. GROAN! Who cares about all that? Let’s put it in simple terms. Do you know where you are going next? Is life random, or is there a grand plan? That has to do with divine providence. Does God get involved in your everyday life and guide you through, even when circumstances seem to turn against you? That’s sovereignty.

This week we begin studying the life of Joseph. Joseph had many ups and down–mostly downs at first! God is hardly mentioned. Everything seems random. But in a mysterious way, God was most definitely at work. The first one that had to learn that was Joseph himself. Do you see God at work at all times in your life? Let’s explore it. Sunday School at 9:15 and worship at 10:30. See you there!

READ Genesis 37 and Romans 8:28-31

READ the Message: Who’s In Charge Here?

 2014-08-24 Worship from Duncanville Presbyterian on Vimeo.

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8/17/14 – Evil, Loss, Calamity, and God

You have heard the question—perhaps you have asked it yourself, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Then there’s Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Sometimes life just seems that way. That begs the question, “Where does faith fit in when everything falls apart?”

If we consider that faith is a lifestyle, then faith matters even when things go wrong. This week we look at the prophet Habakkuk, who was so distressed over circumstances in his day. He felt that evil prevailed, and wondered what God was going to do about it. The answer he received from God is very relevant to these questions. Join us as we discuss it. New elders will be installed, too. I can’t wait for Sunday! See you at 9:15 for Sunday School and 10:30 for worship.

READ Hebrews 11:24-12:2 and Habakkuk 1-2:4

READ the SERMON:  Evil, Loss, Calamity, and God

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8/10/14 – Open Your Eyes of Faith

2014-08-10 Worship from Duncanville Presbyterian on Vimeo.

Faith is a common subject. Some sayings:  “Have faith that things will work out.” “Have faith in yourself.” “When God gives us a No for an answer, keep in mind that there is a much greater Yes behind it. His No is not a Rejection but a Redirection.” Consider this one, “Faith creates energy that makes success possible. Doubt paralyses and makes the possible impossible.” Lots of truth in these sayings, don’t you think? But what does the Bible say?

The best way is to look at the prophets, who all stood in the tension between God and people, with faith. Their circumstances were always hard, but God won the day. That was Elisha’s experience. We will hear all about it from STORYTELLER JANET STAHL. Also, Sunday’s POTLUCK DINNER is to honor Steve Netniss before he moves back home. Come celebrate! Bring a casserole. Join others for Sunday School at 9:15 and worship at 10:30, followed by lunch. I’m so looking forward to seeing you!

READ 2 Kings 6:8-23 and Romans 12:17-21

READ THE SERMON:  Open Your Eyes of Faith

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