Give Great Thanks

Pastor Rudy Olivo I have had in my life the same conversation with multiple men about how each views Thanksgiving versus Christmas. The conversations generally go like this: “I like Thanksgiving so much better because there is no stress of buying a perfect gift, no need to decorate my place with lights, and (if they have kids), no need to put together a bunch of toys. At Thanksgiving I can eat, sit back, relax, maybe watch some football, kind of do nothing, and you know, just give thanks.” This line of thinking has always struck me for multiple reasons. First, …

Psalm 77: A Power Ballad of the Ancient World

Pastor Rudy Olivo For the music leader. According to Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm. I cry out loud to God—out loud to God so that he can hear me! During the day when I’m in trouble I look for my Lord. At night my hands are still outstretched and don’t grow numb; my whole being refuses to be comforted. I remember God and I moan. I complain, and my spirit grows tired. You’ve kept my eyelids from closing. I’m so upset I can’t even speak. I think about days long past; I remember years that seem an eternity in the …