Imprecatory Psalms

This sermon series delves into imprecatory psalms, which call for divine judgment on enemies. Pastor Jim begins with an introduction to the Psalms, exploring their structure and theology to contextualize these imprecations. This series addresses the reconciliation of these prayers with the New Testament’s messages of love and forgiveness, challenging the view that they reflect a sub-Christian moral framework. Through discussions on the theological implications of these prayers across Scriptures, Pastor Jim aims to foster a nuanced understanding of divine justice within Christian ethics. He also guides believers in invoking God’s justice against wickedness, aligning these prayers with God’s righteousness.
 
Pastor Jim Osman preached this series of messages during our Sunday Morning Adult Sunday School. Click here for more teaching by Jim Osman.

Principles of Imprecation (Selected Psalms)

This sermon elaborates on the biblical principles of imprecatory prayers, aiming to guide believers in invoking God’s judgment against evildoers with righteousness and without malice. Drawing on scriptural examples, particularly the Psalms, the sermon emphasizes aligning such prayers with God’s justice, ensuring they are God-centered and reflect His promises and righteousness. The discourse also tackles common misconceptions and ethical considerations, positioning these prayers as a spiritual discipline and a theological assertion that upholds the integrity of God’s word against sin.

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Toward An Imprecatory Theology (Selected Psalms)

This sermon delves deeply into the complex and often misunderstood concept of imprecatory prayers within Christian theology. Pastor Jim Osman aims to clarify the nature and purpose of these prayers, which call upon God to bring judgment or curses against one’s enemies, as seen throughout the Scriptures. The sermon provides vital biblical insights and theological reflections to understand these prayers’ role in a broader Christian ethical and eschatological context. The discussion includes a nuanced exploration of justice, righteousness, and the implications of praying for God’s intervention against wickedness.

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Imprectory Messianic Psalms (Selected Psalms)

This sermon on the Imprecatory Messianic Psalms focused on understanding the severe curses and judgments in Psalm 69 and Psalm 109 through a theological and messianic lens. Pastor Jim Osman emphasized these Psalms’ relevance in the covenant with David and their application to the more excellent son, Jesus Christ, as depicted in the New Testament. These reflections were part of a series aimed at interpreting the severe calls for judgment on God’s enemies and the righteousness of such imprecatory prayers, affirming their place in contemporary Christian practice.

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Jim Osman

Jim Osman

Pastor/Elder

Jim Osman was born in May of 1972 and has lived in Sandpoint since he was 3 years old. He achieved his life’s ambition by graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1990. Jim came to know Christ through the ministry of Cocolalla Lake Bible Camp. Kootenai Community Church has always been his home church, attending Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Group.

After graduating from High School, he attended Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun, Saskatchewan. It was at Bible College that Jim met his wife-to-be, Diedre, who was also enrolled as a student. Jim graduated with a three-year diploma in April of 1993 and married Diedre in August of that same year. He returned to Millar to further his education in September of 1994 and graduated from the Fourth Year Internship Program with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Ministries in April of 1995.

Jim and Diedre returned to Sandpoint where Jim began working in construction and as a Roofing Materials Application Specialist (roofer) until he was asked to take over as the Preaching Elder of Kootenai Community Church in December of 1996. Now he counts it as his greatest privilege to be involved in ministering in the Church that ministered to him for so many years. It has been a great adventure!

Jim is the author of Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual WarfareSelling the Stairway to Heaven, The Prosperity of the Wicked: A Study of Psalm 73, and God Doesn’t WhisperJim and Diedre have four children: Taryn, Shepley, Ayden, and Liam.

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