Weekly Worship Meditation

Good parenting means PRAY

So Hezekiah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the upper tombs of the sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem honored him at his death. Then Manasseh his son reigned in his place.  —2 Chronicles 32:33 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.  2  But he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children...

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Good parenting matters, but is is no guarantee

Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the LORD his God, as his father David had done.  —2 Kings 16:2  Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah.  2  And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had...

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The good news is best in light of the bad news

For You have broken the yoke of his burden And the staff of his shoulder, The rod of his oppressor, As in the day of Midian.  For every warrior's sandal from the noisy battle, And garments rolled in blood, Will be used for burning and fuel of fire. —Isaiah 9:4-5 These verses speak of spiritually dark days and of God’s judgment.  How aware are we of what comes next? For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His...

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God is not a means to an end

For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: “Seek Me and live;  5  But do not seek Bethel, Nor enter Gilgal, Nor pass over to Beersheba; For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, And Bethel shall come to nothing.  6  Seek the LORD and live, Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph…” —Amos 5:4-6 God is not a means to an end.  He is the end.  All too often, we, including Christians, seek the Lord in hopes that He will give...

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God's people cannot outrun God's grace

“Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. —Jonah 1:2 Jonah is a picture of all of us at times.  God makes His will for us crystal clear.  Like Jonah, we often run in the opposite direction.  We think we are running from what God wants us to do, but we, like Jonah, are actually running from God!  How sensible is that? The rest of...

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Let's not skip Obadiah

“Behold, I will make you small among the nations; You shall be greatly despised.  3The pride of your heart has deceived you, You who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Whose habitation is high; You who say in your heart, 'Who will bring me down to the ground?'  4Though you ascend as high as the eagle, And though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down,” says the LORD. — Obadiah 1:2-4 Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old...

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Are you chasing soap bubbles?

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” —Ecclesiastes 1:2 The word “vanity” appears in the book of Ecclesiastes 33 times.  Clearly that is a key word in understanding the book.  What does the word mean, and how is it used by Solomon?  Vanity is emptiness.  Meaninglessness.  Ten times Solomon defines vanity by likening it to trying to chase, grasp, or labor for “the...

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Are you lazy?

A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.  —Proverbs 19:24 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!”  —Proverbs 26:13  The Proverbs speak much, not only about wisdom vs. foolishness, but also about industriousness vs. laziness.  Before going on any further, let us remember that Proverbs are not law or absolutes.  They are generalizations—but...

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Knowing God means fearing God

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. —Proverbs 1:7 The person who does not know God in the only way He can be known, through faith in Jesus Christ, can only have a superficial wisdom at best.  He may be a scientist, a statesman, or a philosopher, yet without the knowledge of Christ, he is lacking the most crucial element of true wisdom.  Paul wrote (1 Corinthians 1:21) that all the wisdom of the godless ends in...

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Everybody experiences times of discouragement

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. —Psalm 42:5 Everybody experiences times of discouragement.  Some know what it is to be depressed.  What are we to do in those times? Two things:  (1) Hope in God.  As long as our eyes are on our circumstances, or on how discouraged we feel about them we will spiral down further.  The first step is to get our...

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