God’s kingdom is near

Read Matthew 4:12-17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." In this short sentence we have the summary of Jesus' preaching and teaching. Here is both the law and its judgement ("repent") as well …

In times of trouble

Read Psalm 27:1-9 (ESV/NIV). The psalms often speak into existence a reality that has not yet been realized. When the writer asks, "Whom shall I fear?" he could likely compose a very long list of answers to that question. Enemies are surrounding him and there is a healthy fear that God has left him altogether. …