I see a lot of churches along my bike rides. I thought I'd take some pictures and attach a Psalm to each church. I will enjoy reading through the Psalms this way. At each stop I'll say a prayer and include the congregation that worships there. So, when I'm done there will be 150 posts, Psalms, and rides. Photos taken first with my Samsung Galaxy SII smart phone, then Galaxy SIV, and now Galaxy SVI.

Keith Stillwell

Saturday, August 24, 2019

(Kingston United Methodist Church, Kingston, TN on a 56 mile ride during the Storm the Fort 70.3 Triathlon with Beth.)

he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

Psalm 91:4

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Psalm 91 (NRSV)

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence;

he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day,

or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place,

no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name.

When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.

With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

Friday, July 26, 2019

(First Baptist Church of Christ, Macon, GA where Kelsey serves as associate pastor for youth and missions, on a 14 mile ride. with a climb to the top of the church spire)

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Psalm 90:1

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Psalm 90 (NRSV)

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”

For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.

You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning;

in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.

For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed.

You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

For all our days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh.

The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Who considers the power of your anger? Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.

So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants!

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.

Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands— O prosper the work of our hands!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

(First Baptist Church, Whitley City, KY, on a 13 mile ride to the worksite during Extreme Build.)

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
Psalm 89:14

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Psalm 89 (NRSV)

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David:

‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.

For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,

a God feared in the council of the holy ones, great and awesome above all that are around him?

O Lord God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O Lord? Your faithfulness surrounds you.

You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.

You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.

The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it—you have founded them.

The north and the south—you created them; Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.

You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance;

they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.

For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.

For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said: “I have set the crown on one who is mighty, I have exalted one chosen from the people.

I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him;

my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.

The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.

I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.

My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his horn shall be exalted.

I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.

He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’

I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant with him will stand firm.

I will establish his line forever, and his throne as long as the heavens endure.

If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my ordinances,

if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,

then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges;

but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness.

I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips.

Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.

His line shall continue forever, and his throne endure before me like the sun.

It shall be established forever like the moon, an enduring witness in the skies.” Selah

But now you have spurned and rejected him; you are full of wrath against your anointed.

You have renounced the covenant with your servant; you have defiled his crown in the dust.

You have broken through all his walls; you have laid his strongholds in ruins.

All who pass by plunder him; he has become the scorn of his neighbors.

You have exalted the right hand of his foes; you have made all his enemies rejoice.

Moreover, you have turned back the edge of his sword, and you have not supported him in battle.

You have removed the scepter from his hand, and hurled his throne to the ground.

You have cut short the days of his youth; you have covered him with shame. Selah

How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?

Remember how short my time is— for what vanity you have created all mortals!

Who can live and never see death? Who can escape the power of Sheol? Selah

Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David?

Remember, O Lord, how your servant is taunted; how I bear in my bosom the insults of the peoples,

with which your enemies taunt, O Lord, with which they taunted the footsteps of your anointed.

Blessed be the Lord forever. Amen and Amen.