On our last program, Barbara Sandbek concluded with verse 1 of Psalm 23 which ends with…I shall not want. This means we will not be in need of anything that God won’t supply. And when we don’t get what we ask for, it’s probably because our wants don’t match up with our needs. Today on Grace Notes, Barbara Sandbek continues with the next verse which talks about one of our greatest needs – to rest in the Lord. So stop what you’re doing and listen up…
If you were to be likened to an animal, which one would suit you? How about a fierce lion, untamed by no one...or a fluffy, beautiful cat, with a mind of its own...or maybe your pet dog? They say most people look like their dogs, don't they? Well, God says he sees us as willful sheep, oblivious to danger, and in definite need of guidance. Today on Grace Notes, Barbara Sandbek will begin an excursion through the life of a sheep as reflected in the 23rd Psalm. I hear a bleating sound in the distance. Come join me...
God has much to say about prayer. In fact, He commanded that we pray. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we are to pray continually, and Philippians 4:6 exhorts us to pray in every situation. On our last program, we learned that… We are to pray to our Father, God, in the Name of Jesus.. We are not to babble.. We are not to pray so others with be impressed.. We must pray with faith believing that God will answer.. We must pray with a clean heart so as not to hinder our communication... We should pray according to God’s will so that our prayers will be answered ‘yes’. In this program, Barbara Sandbek will explore the Scriptures for a further understanding of how to pray and what to pray for.
Much has been written on the subject of prayer. Perhaps it’s because it seems somewhat mysterious. There’s no specific method and no guaranteed outcome. Why should we pray, then? Is it just to get what we want, or to change God’s mind about something? No…it is to fulfill one of mankind's’ greatest needs – to have fellowship with our Creator. On our program today, Barbara Sandbek, will explore the Scripture to see how we can pray more effectively.
If we fear God the way we’re supposed to, we won’t be afraid of other things, because God’s perfect love casts out fear. Yes, as Believers, we don’t have to be afraid of God, but we must still respect and reverence Him. How do we rightly fear God? This is the subject matter of our program today. We’ll be covering a lot of Scripture, so grab your Bible and take notes as Barbara dives into God’s Word.
People have said their #1 fear is public speaking. Other fears include death - yours or a loved ones, danger, the environment, darkness, failure, the future or any unknown thing or event, your children’s well-being, war, sickness, change, loss, the IRS or police officers, doctors and the consequences of sin. So what do we do with this fear? Join our host, Barbara Sandbek, and explore the Scripture together as we seek to find the answer.
Did you know that being angry is not a sin? In fact, God Almighty gets angry and He certainly does not sin. However, dealing with our anger improperly can result in sin. On this program, our host, Barbara Sandbek, will discuss when anger is justified and when it’s not, using an example from the life of a Biblical character. We’ll also cover ways to diffuse our anger so that we handle it correctly. This is so important to know because . . .
When we think of the word ‘anger’ we immediately begin to FEEL what that word means because its definition is more of a description of what it does to us than what it is. Can a true Christ follower get angry? Of course! Getting angry is not a sin, but how we deal with it can be. Ephesians 4:26 says, “In your anger do not sin." You may be surprised to know, it’s not always a bad thing to feel, so, don’t change your dial. On this program, we are going to see how to handle it correctly.
God had emotions, too. He experiences delight. He rejoices. He can be pleased or not pleased and He gets angry. In addition, God is zealous for His Name, compassionate toward us, jealous for our love, and hates sin. But, over and above all these emotions is His incredible love, which is Who He is. Today we will once again look at the emotion of love.
God intended our emotions for good. In fact, He wants us to love Him passionately - with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. God has emotions, especially where His children are concerned. God IS love. He lavishes that love on us in how He cares for us, and by what He did through Christ, to save our souls for eternity. As you listen today, ask God to show you how He wants you to demonstration these emotions He has built into you, as we study the passions of King David.
In his book, Psalm 23: The Song of a Passionate Heart, David Roper writes… God knows our pace. He knows when grief, pain and loneliness overwhelm us. He knows when the full realization of our limitations come home to us. He knows when we’re shamed and broken and unable to go on. God does not drive His sheep. He gently leads them. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will describe how God leads us as we continue with our study of the 23rd Psalm.
On our previous program, Barbara Sandbek talked about the way God leads us. We learned that when we trust in the Lord and not in ourselves, our paths will be well lit by Jesus, the Light of the World. Today, she’ll continue with the same verse, Psalm 23:3b which reads… He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. But first, let’s listen as Barbara sings about traveling life’s road with the King…
King David was well aware of the gracious and lavish treatment he received from His Heavenly Father. In the first part of verse 5 of Psalm 23, he described how bountifully God set the table for him, and how comfortable and secure he felt, even with his enemies looking on. He continues the verse with “Thou anointest my head with oil – my cup runneth over”. This shows how the Lord honored him by anointing him with oil and continually filling his cup to overflowing. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will discuss the custom of anointing with oil and relate it to our anointing as Believers. So stay tuned, you’re sure to learn something new.
God gave mankind the finest gift that could EVER be given. He SAW our need before we knew it and before we even asked. We were living our lives apart from Him, but God’s heart LONGED for our fellowship, so He commended His love to us through the gift of His Son, Jesus. Jesus STRETCHED OUT His hands on the cross to give us God’s love. He died and rose from the grave, to pay the penalty for our sin against God and to provide reconciliation. When we accept this gift, we have fellowship with God. What greater gift could we possibly want? On this Grace Notes program, our host Barbara Sandbek will talk about how we should respond to this great gift.
The phrase “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” This is the first time David addresses God with, ‘Thou’ (or ‘You’ in our language). In the previous phrases He used the word ‘He’. Maybe it’s because God becomes more personal when we go through valleys. Are you going through a valley now? Keep listening – God has a message for you.