Weekly Worship Meditation

Spoken to Us by His Son...

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who [is] the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and uphold[s] all things by the word of His power… —Hebrews 1:1-3 God is not silent,” said Frances Schaeffer.  He is a God of self-disclosure; which is a good thing, for...

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Christian Karma?

But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.  4  So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live."  5  But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.  6  However, they were expecting that he would swell...

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Carnal Christians?

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace...  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. —Romans 8:6 & 8 Some assume that being a “carnal Christian” is an option—as though some Christians are “spiritual” and some are “carnal” (or fleshly), and that is perfectly alright.  It is not.  Could God’s Word be any more clear?  Believers have received eternal life...

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Loving the Lord

If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! —1 Corinthians 16:22 We are not saved because we love the Lord Jesus Christ.  We love the Lord Jesus Christ because we are saved by the Lord Jesus Christ.  Our salvation comes to us by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Therefore, if one does not love the Lord Jesus Christ he does not forfeit his salvation.  Rather, he only reveals that we...

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Faith Growing Exceedingly

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, —2 Thessalonians 1:2-3  Paul’s greeting in the second letter to the Thessalonians includes his thankfulness for his brothers and sisters, because their “faith grows exceedingly” and because “the love of every...

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Apostles in the New Testament

And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon's Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. —Acts 5:12-13 Apostles.  Who were they and what was their ministry?  There are three ways the word, apostle can be used, one of which is inadvisable; and there is a fourth which must not be used at all. First, there were Apostles (upper case A) who...

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He Laid Down His Life

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. —John 19:30 The debate over who killed Jesus has raged for centuries.  Who was to blame?  Israel (the religious leaders in particular), because they accused Him of blasphemy and petitioned Pilate to crucify Him?  Or was it Rome, since crucifixion was carried out by the Roman authorities?  Then there are the spiritual purists (and I mean no...

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The Purpose of Signs and Wonders

But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, —John 12:37 Signs and wonders do not cause people to believe in Jesus—savingly.  Think of how many people witnessed many signs and wonders performed by Jesus and yet did not trust Him as their Savior.  Sure, they believed enough to come back for more miracle healings and free lunches, but most did not trust in Him unto salvation. So what do we make of John’s words about the...

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Prince of Peace Brings Division?

Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. 52 For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.53 Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. —Luke 12:51-53   Jesus is the Prince of Peace, right?  So how can He...

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The "Disciples' Prayer"

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” —Luke 11:1 These words precede the so-called “Lord’s Prayer,” in Luke’s gospel.  We realize that the Lord’s Prayer is a misnomer since the Lord Jesus could not pray this prayer.  Why?  Because it contains a petition for forgiveness of sin, which of...

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