Weekly Worship Meditation

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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Those Christ has delivered are in their right minds

Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. —Mark 5:15 Jesus delivered a demon-possessed man.  The man had been wild and uncontrollable (v.2-5).  When Jesus cast the demons out, the previously untamable man was then “sitting and clothed and in his right mind.”  To varying degrees, this is one of the essential marks of those who have been born...

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Why does religion get in the way of noticing the kindness of God?

The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.  16  For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. —John 5:15-16 Jesus’ healing of the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda took place on the Sabbath.  The rules-and-regulations-oriented religious leaders, like those of their ilk today, were more interested in dictating what people can and cannot do than in the good...

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Find out why Jesus is worthy of worship, honor, and glory

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. —John 1:14  Jesus is the Word.  He is the personification of God’s complete communication to humanity. That He became flesh and dwelt among us testifies that before he came: (a) He existed;(b) he was not a man (He was not “flesh.”); (c) He came from somewhere else, namely heaven. When He came, He came as...

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The sins Israel and the Church continue to commit

And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God… —Nehemiah 13:25 Great things had happened in Jerusalem.  After a seventy-year exile in Babylon, God brought His people back to their homeland.  Progress resettling and rebuilding was slow, but by Nehemiah 13, the temple and the city walls were rebuilt.  More importantly, there had been more than one spiritual revival.  Earlier in...

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You cannot thwart God's will

"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" —Esther 4:14  Wicked Haman hatched a plan to annihilate the Jewish race.  But God had already strategically placed Esther in a place to foil Haman’s plot.  To go through it, she had to take a risk.  She had...

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Priority Check

“Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?”  5Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!  6You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” —Haggai 1:4-6 Does it ever seem like all your efforts...

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Judging God to justify self

“Would you indeed annul My judgment? Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?” —Job 40:8  Who’s ever heard the question, “How can a God of love allow evil, pain, and suffering in the world?”  There are two ways to ask that question.  The first manner in which one might ask this question is simple wonder.  Asked in this way there is no challenge or accusation aimed at God.  The inquirer knows there must be a reason. ...

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Can one be saved and not acknowledge the sovereignty of God?

And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation.  35  All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, "What...

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Three truths in three verses

"Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, When the Lord has not commanded it?  38  Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That woe and well-being proceed?  39  Why should a living man complain, A man for the punishment of his sins?" —Lamentations 3:37-39 Three biblical truths that people commonly reject—in three consecutive verses:  First, in verse 37, God is sovereign over all things.  No one can, by speaking, alter what will...

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