Weekly Worship Meditation

How often are you Esau?

Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary.  30And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.  31But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”  32And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”  33Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright...

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Six Lessons from Abraham's Call

Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you.  2  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.  3  I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." —Genesis 12:1-3  God’s call to Abram (later Abraham) is far...

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How can anyone insist the Bible never calls Jesus "God"?

“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”  —Revelation 4:11 "…They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.  12  In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”  —Revelation 5:11-12 The book of...

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Yes, the elect must be diligent

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;  11  for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. —2 Peter 1:10-11 Peter affirmed that salvation is based on God’s election from eternity past, and His call results in the elect trusting in His Son, Jesus Christ.  God’s election and call are not merely...

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Two adages come to mind

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. —Acts 28:30-31 After an arduous voyage from Israel to Rome, which included a dramatic storm and shipwreck, Paul arrived in one piece.  He was still a prisoner, but by the kind Providence of God he was allowed to maintain his own household under house...

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Some advice we all need to hear—and heed

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. —2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV Paul’s closing words to the Corinthians in the letter we call 2nd Corinthians has some great advice.  “Rejoice.”  Sure beats being a naysayer, a complainer, or an angry man or woman. “Aim for restoration.”  Also translated “become complete,”...

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Why do we tend not pay attention to verses like this?

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father… —1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 Let us learn from Paul to remember brothers and sisters in prayer.  Let us pray for each other giving thanks always for each other. Let us learn also that Christian “works” are works “of...

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How obvious is it that you have "been with Jesus"?

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. —Acts 4:13 Peter and John had been arrested.  Their crime?  The Holy Spirit healed a disabled men, enabling him to walk and leap and praise God (Acts 3:8).  This gave Peter the opportunity to preach Christ to the crowd (Acts 3:12-26).  Incensed, the next day the religious authorities demanded...

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What can be learned from Peter's biggest mistake?

Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” —John 18:17 Peter is often somewhat vilified by modern Bible readers.  He frequently stuck his foot in his mouth.  And to add insult to that injury, he denied Christ while Jesus was on trial—several times—with swearing on one occasion.  With eyes on Jesus and remembering our own failures, we might...

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What being "yoked up" with Jesus doesn't mean

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." —Matthew 11:28-30 Who is this passage for?  Those who are weighed down by their sense of the weight of their sin before a holy God. What two actions are to be taken?  First, yoke up with...

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