King David has similarities to the Apostle Peter.
A day of praise and worship, acknowledging God’s grace and power and majesty.
One of the main themes of today’s psalms is that God is our deliverer. If God is for us, who can be against us?
A potpourri of psalms today, including a guest psalmist…Asaph.
Our Psalm reading today runs the gamut; from the despair of feeling as if God has abandoned the psalmist, to praising Him with enthusiasm, to warning unbelievers about what awaits them, to the foolishness of relying on riches.
We find that even David, a man of great faith (and failures), had times where he felt separated from God…as if God didn’t hear his cries for help.
However, feelings are not reality.
David writes that God did hear him and rescue him. That’s a good lesson to remember when we are feeling doubts or separation.
Hey everyone. This is Steve Webb, and for some of you, it’s been a very long time since you heard from me.
If you are hearing this, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for hanging in there with me, because if you’re hearing this, it probably means that you have kept this feed in your iTunes podcast listing for a very long time without seeing any updates. My, but you are patient!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
If you are still interested in hearing content from me, I encourage you to listen to this entire message, as there are some important changes I will be making very soon.
Yes, I’m still alive, and believe it or not, I’m producing content on an almost daily basis. The reason you may not be aware of that is that the content I produce is almost exclusively for other people or for commercial purposes, so I, of course, do not release it on my podcast feeds.
Which brings me to the point of this short message. Because it has been so long since I produced a podcast for most of the Lifespring family of podcasts, iTunes has removed every one of my shows from the directory. From my perspective, that’s not a good thing. Problem is, there is not customer service number to call to talk to someone about that.
You may be saying, Steve, what’s the big deal? You’re not producing anyway, so what’s the harm? Why do you need to be listed?
There are several reasons, but I’ll just talk about a couple of them here for the sake of brevity.
1) I do release Lifespring Sunday on a weekly basis. That is the sermon podcast from the church I attend here in southern california. I don’t know why, but they even removed that podcast.
2) I do plan on creating new shows in the near future. I would like them to be represented in the iTunes directory.
3) And here’s a bonus reason. Since Lifespring! was the world’s first Christian podcast not based on repurposed church sermons, it is somewhat historic. I happen to think the show should always be in the directory. But maybe that’s just me.
It would have been great if Apple would have notified me of their intentions before removing the shows. But transparency has never been one of Apple’s strong points.
So here is what I am going to do.
I am going to move all past podcasts to LifespringMedia.com. That means that if you want to continue to be subscribed to any Lifespring! content, you will have to subscribe to the feed from LifespringMedia.com.
***I will no longer be updating or maintaining the individual show websites.***
Again, if you want to continue to have any Lifespring content show up in your iTunes or any podcatcher, you will have to scoot over to LifespringMedia.com and subscribe there.
If you would like to be notified of any other Lifespring Media news via email, there is a sign up form for my mailing list at Lifespring Media as well. I invite you to sign up to that, too. I promise to NEVER share any of your info to any third party! Never, never, never.
So there you have it.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please email me as soon as possible. I will hold off on making this change permanent until August 8, 2012 so as to give you time to respond, in case you think I am making a terrible mistake in doing this, and can convince me why.
Again, thank you so much for your patience and your support!
Go over to lifespringmedia.com and subscribe to the podcast feed there, and sign up for the mailing list.
So, until next time, when I’ll actually have a show for you, may God bless you richly.
On This Episode
Singer/songwriter Adrina Thorpe continues her amazing story of her struggle with physical pain, her faith in God, and how He has continued to encourage her in some very personal and intimate ways, ways that were specifically tuned to speak to Adrina so that she would know it was truly Him speaking.
After the interview, you’ll hear a song from Adrina’s newest CD, “Halflight and Shadows“. The song is entitled “Walk”.
My first daughter-in-law…the wife of my firstborn son…the mother of my first grandchild, is an amazingly gifted photographer.
Mareena has decided to create a presence for her photography business on the internet, and asked me to invite you to see her work. Her foray onto the net is in its infancy at the time of this recording, so her website is on blogspot, but I’ll be helping her build her own site soon. In the meantime, check out her website here.
If you’re in the southern California area and want to have images captured in beautiful and creative ways, Mareena is your photographer!
Someone who has been on the internet for a long time, and who has become almost family to me is Bryan Duncan. A pioneer in Christian music, Dove award winner, platinum and gold albums, you’ve heard about Bryan here before.
Bryan is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign right now, as I record this on November 19, 2011. It goes until December 17, 2011. The goal is to raise $40,000 for his next CD. He’s offering some very cool stuff to those who contribute, including the opportunity to be listed as Executive Producer of the new CD!
Richard Mylander shared the following story:
“On my way to a conference in Colorado I was driving uphill along a major interstate, when I overtook a freight train going the same direction at a slower speed. The train was being pushed uphill by two locomotives that sounded as if they were straining at full power. I’m a flatlander from the Midwest. ‘Is this how trains move in mountainous terrain?’ I wondered.
“A few minutes later, I gradually came alongside the front of the nearly mile-long string of cars. There I found five more locomotives pulling the train. Seven engines in all! Where I come from, I rarely see more than three.
“That train was a lesson for me. I had been under serious strain for some time. I was feeling tired and was wondering whether I could persevere under the pressure.
“‘How like God’, I thought. ‘When I am pushing a load uphill with all the strength I have and feel like my energy level is depleted, He wants me to know that He is in the lead, pulling with power far greater than mine.'”
In these difficult times, it is good to be reminded that we are not alone, that we do not have to bear the burden by ourselves.
In Psalms 22:19 David wrote:
“O LORD, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!”
God is our strength! in Hebrew, God is our Eyaluth.
I don’t know about you, but my strength is not up to the task of getting me through this life alone. I NEED God’s eyaluth.
You may be saying, “Steve, you’re just weak. That’s fine for you, but I don’t need anybody or anything to get me by. I’m a self made man. When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”
My friend, I have a response for you. The late journalist Sydney J. Harris wrote, “Knowing your own strength is a fine thing. Recognizing your own weakness is even better. What is really bad, what hurts and finally defeats us, is mistaking a weakness for a strength.”
And the apostle Paul said, “…when I am weak…that’s when I am strong.”
When Jesus is our Savior, when we belong to Him, when we acknowledge that we need His strength, when we call out to Him, then He hears us. He is our Eyaluth, our strength.
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The Final Episode of our interview with Steven and Maryanne Abbate
Steven and Maryanne talk about how their marriage survived the loss of their fifteen year old son, Luke.
In addition they discuss how their family and priorities have changed, and their reasons for opening their lives for public view.
I have so much admiration for them for opening up their lives as they have done, but they truly want others to be helped by their experiences. And it is good to know that, even through the human frailties, God will lift us up and help us to make it through. It can be a long and painful process, and both Steven and Maryanne said that they are still working through some of the aftermath of such a great loss, you heard two people who still love God and trust Him.
Thank you again, Steven and Maryanne, for your generous gift of time to me and the family of Lifespring! listeners.
Music On Today’s Show
Trenna Barnes – Reach Out Your Hand
Adrina Thorpe – Fly Fly Fly
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