Weekly Worship Meditation

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“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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Knowing God = Humility & Worship

…Indeed, therefore, I will stretch out My hand against you, and give you as plunder to the nations; I will cut you off from the peoples, and I will cause you to perish from the countries; I will destroy you, and you shall know that I am the LORD." —Ezekiel 25:7  The words, “you shall know that I am the LORD," appear in seventy-seven verses in Ezekiel.  Every time These recurring words reminds us that God desires that people, (His people, in...

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If God says, "Speak," we had better speak!

When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.  Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. —Ezekiel 3:18-19  Those God sends to deliver His Word had better...

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Ways we too may be Bible-burners

And it happened, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that the king cut it with the scribe's knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.  Yet they were not afraid, nor did they tear their garments, the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words. —Jeremiah 36:23-24  As the Word of God was read to King Jehoiakim, he burned it.  He did not burn it all at once, mind...

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Repentance for the wrong reason may not be repentance at all

“Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Behold, I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.” ’ ” And they said, “That is hopeless! So we will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one obey the dictates of his evil heart.” —Jeremiah 18:11-12  One of...

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How can we wash our sins away?

“Although you wash yourself with lye And use much soap, The stain of your iniquity is before Me,” declares the Lord GOD. —Jeremiah 2:22 Sinful people (and that includes everyone) are adept in two habitually failed attempts at addressing our sin and guilt.  The first is denial by way of rationalization.  We try to minimize our sin and guilt by insisting that there are many people who are far worse than we are, or by claiming that our good deeds outweigh our bad...

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"End-Times" and doing a little evil

Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.  Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.” —Isaiah 56:1-2 Observations & Applications: 1.  The final revelation of God salvation and righteousness will be when Christ returns.  He is “about to...

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