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Psalm 29



Chronicles 5:2-14




Acts 26:19-29




The Difficulty of Prayer 051413



The Difficulty of Prayer is that we really have no reason or excuse for not praying , not a really good reason or a really good excuse, that

is. The problem with prayer is that we originally found it quite easy and natural. Now, it’s become an unnatural act. We have to stop,

rearrange our schedule, and rearrange our activities to allow time for prayer. But it doesn’t happen that way for me so much. Prayer should come to us as easily and naturally as kneeling

down to take a cool drink of water from a clear stream.



Instead, the world and people and activities that have to be done crowd in on me and crush me like a little stinky bug. I can’t even slow this

crushing rearrangement of life, the taking of my life day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute.



I know every day how difficult it is to find time for prayer and to find time for reading the Bible.



Pray for peace,


Pastor Bill


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Psalm 29


The Message (MSG)


A David Psalm


29 1-2 Bravo, God, bravo!

and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the

in awe before God’s visible

Stand at attention!
Dress your

best to honor him!


3 God thunders across the

Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming

God, across the flood waters.


4 God’s thunder tympanic,

thunder symphonic.


5 God’s thunder smashes

God topples the northern cedars.


6 The mountain ranges skip like

spring colts,
The high ridges jump like wild kid goats.


7-8 God’s thunder spits fire.

thunders, the wilderness quakes;
He makes the desert of Kadesh



9 God’s thunder sets the oak

trees dancing
A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips

their branches.
We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”


10 Above the floodwaters is God’s

from which his power

from which he rules the world.


11 God makes his people strong.

gives his people peace.



Chronicles 5:2-14


The Message (MSG)


Installing the Chest


2-3 Bringing all this to a climax, Solomon got all the

leaders together in Jerusalem—all the chiefs of tribes and the

family patriarchs—to move the Chest of the Covenant of God from

Zion and install it in The Temple. All the men of Israel assembled

before the king on the feast day of the seventh month, the Feast of



4-6 When all the leaders of Israel

were ready, the Levites took up the Chest. They carried the Chest,

the Tent of Meeting, and all the sacred things in the Tent used in

worship. The priests, all Levites, carried them. King Solomon and the

entire congregation of Israel were there before the Chest, worshiping

and sacrificing huge numbers of sheep and cattle—so many that no

one could keep track.


7-10 The priests brought the Chest

of the Covenant of God to its place in the Inner Sanctuary, the Holy

of Holies, under the wings of the cherubim. The outspread wings of

the cherubim formed a canopy over the Chest and its poles. The ends

of the poles were so long that they stuck out from the entrance of

the Inner Sanctuary, but were not noticeable further out—they’re

still there today. There was nothing in the Chest itself but the two

stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb where God made a

covenant with Israel after bringing them up from Egypt.


11-13 The priests then left the

Holy Place. All the priests there were consecrated, regardless of

rank or assignment; and all the Levites who were musicians were

there—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their families, dressed in their

worship robes; the choir and orchestra assembled on the east side of

the Altar and were joined by 120 priests blowing trumpets. The choir

and trumpets made one voice of praise and thanks to God—orchestra

and choir in perfect harmony singing and playing praise to God:


Yes! God is good!
His loyal love goes on forever!


13-14 Then a billowing cloud filled

The Temple of God. The priests couldn’t even carry out their duties

because of the cloud—the glory of God!—that filled The Temple of






The Message (MSG)


19-20 “What could I do, King

Agrippa? I couldn’t just walk away from a vision like that! I

became an obedient believer on the spot. I started preaching this

life-change—this radical turn to God and everything it meant in

everyday life—right there in Damascus, went on to Jerusalem and the

surrounding countryside, and from there to the whole world.


21-23 “It’s because of this

‘whole world’ dimension that the Jews grabbed me in the Temple

that day and tried to kill me. They want to keep God for themselves.

But God has stood by me, just as he promised, and I’m standing here

saying what I’ve been saying to anyone, whether king or child, who

will listen. And everything I’m saying is completely in line with

what the prophets and Moses said would happen: One, the Messiah must

die; two, raised from the dead, he would be the first rays of God’s

daylight shining on people far and near, people both godless and



24 That was too much for Festus.

He interrupted with a shout: “Paul, you’re crazy! You’ve read

too many books, spent too much time staring off into space! Get a

grip on yourself, get back in the real world!”


25-27 But Paul stood his ground.

“With all respect, Festus, Your Honor, I’m not crazy. I’m both

accurate and sane in what I’m saying. The king knows what I’m

talking about. I’m sure that nothing of what I’ve said sounds

crazy to him. He’s known all about it for a long time. You must

realize that this wasn’t done behind the scenes. You believe the

prophets, don’t you, King Agrippa? Don’t answer that—I know you



28 But Agrippa did answer: “Keep

this up much longer and you’ll make a Christian out of me!”


29 Paul, still in chains, said,

“That’s what I’m praying for, whether now or later, and not

only you but everyone listening today, to become like me—except, of

course, for this prison jewelry!”



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