Weekly Worship Meditation

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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You may not have thought of this

"You shall not tempt the LORD your God… You shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you. And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you…” —Deuteronomy 6:16-18 Here are three reasons to obey God’s Word that you may not have thought of.  First, as this passage suggests, to disobey God is to “tempt” Him, or to...

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The contagion of negativity

And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?" —Numbers 14:2-3 Negative talk is contagious and often carries with it  disastrous consequences. At...

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Learning to worship God acceptably (rather than according to one's preference)

And the one who offered his offering on the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, from the tribe of Judah. His offering was one silver platter, the weight of which was one hundred and thirty shekels, and one silver bowl of seventy shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering; one gold pan of ten shekels, full of incense; one young bull, one ram, and one male lamb in its first year, as a burnt offering; one kid of the...

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