Weekly Worship Meditation

Understanding how I got what I have changes everything about generosity

But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, And of Your own we have given You. — 1 Chronicles 29:14 The particulars of this verse have to do with the Israelites bringing their offerings to build Solomon’s temple. The principle is a reminder regarding any generosity and giving we might engage in.  There is no room for boasting about giving when we remember that we have nothing but what the...

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Do you see Christ in the Old Testament?

"When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever." —2 Samuel 7:12-13 God forbade David to build a temple for His dwelling place.  The first reason, of course is that God cannot be contained in a single place, much less a building made by human hands (Isaiah...

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How might you be wasting YOUR life?

The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers. Then Saul said to his armorbearer, "Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me." But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it. —1 Samuel 31:3-4 Saul’s death was a sad end to a sad life—the life of a man whose potential and...

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Resurrected out of dead religion

Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen!” —Luke 24:5-6 Many things changed when Jesus rose from the dead.  One of them was that mechanical practice of religion gave way to a living faith in a risen Savior.  Before Christ there were two religions.  Of course there were countless man-made religions that were all false.  There was also...

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Parenting permissively or restrictively?

For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them. —1 Samuel 3:13 Who created us and ordained the family, including parent/child relationships?  God, of course. Who is the perfect Parent, and therefore knows how parenting is to be carried out?  Again, of course, God. Where then ought we receive instruction regarding family and parent/child relationships? ...

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Are there instances in which we should not keep vows?

30 And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, "If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands,  31  then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering."... 34  When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was his only...

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Ignoring God while making important decisions

Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD. So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them. —Joshua 9:14-15 We are often as guilty as Joshua when we make decisions based on outward appearances and the wisdom (lies?) of the world without asking counsel of the Lord.  How?  First the back story. Israel was to make no covenants with the...

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How the accursed can be blessed

"Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God..." "But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes...

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The dreadful mistake of dismissing and neglecting the Law

Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. —Romans 7:12 Reading through the Law can be a daunting task.  Everyone of us should read it if we are following a systematic reading plan that will take us through the entire Bible. Sadly, there are many Christians, who make the dreadful mistake of dismissing  and neglecting the Law.  This is a mistake.  The Law is essential in that it convicts us of sin (“sin is lawlessness,”...

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Do you see Jesus in the Law?

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. —Psalm 119:97 Reading the Law in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy can seem rather laborious.  It doesn’t have to.  I find that turning it into a scavenger hunt makes it more engaging.  What do I look for on this scavenger hunt?  I attempt to have an eye out for a few things, really, but the number one thing I look for is how the Law points to Christ.  Here are a couple of things that...

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