A Call To Worship

King David wrote in Psalm 92:1,2: “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

Sermon—“Falling Into Trouble”

Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Providing a definition for the Greek verb, peripiptō, translated in the English as “fall into” and “fell among”
• Highlighting the historic and geographical context for each of the three references in which this Greek verb occurs—Luke 10:30; Acts 27:41; James 1:2
• Making a comparison between these three texts for the purpose of drawing out several interesting connections and practical lessons
• First, historically speaking, there is a 15 year gap between each of the three texts
• Second, the first text is a parabolic lesson, the second text is a historic event and the third text is a pastoral exhortation
• Third, Jesus uses the term in Luke 10, which the words are recorded by Luke; Luke uses the term in Acts 27, but he is recording an event relating to Paul; James uses the word in his letter, but He is addressing a group of believers who had fallen into troubles
• Fourth, in all three texts, that into which something had fallen was very unpleasant
• Fifth, in all three texts, that into which something had fallen created a serious crisis
• Sixth, in all three texts, they who had fallen into something had opportunity to avoid it
• Seventh, in all three texts, they who had fallen inevitably did so according to the will of God
• Eighth, in all three texts, they who had fallen were delivered out of all their troubles by the Lord

Hymn—“Too Good To Be Unkind”

Scripture Reading—Psalm 34:1-22

”I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”

Hymn—“When All Thy Mercies, O My God”

Closing Prayer


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with us all. Amen.


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