Weekly Worship Meditation

Some advice we all need to hear—and heed

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. —2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV Paul’s closing words to the Corinthians in the letter we call 2nd Corinthians has some great advice.  “Rejoice.”  Sure beats being a naysayer, a complainer, or an angry man or woman. “Aim for restoration.”  Also translated “become complete,”...

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Why do we tend not pay attention to verses like this?

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father… —1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 Let us learn from Paul to remember brothers and sisters in prayer.  Let us pray for each other giving thanks always for each other. Let us learn also that Christian “works” are works “of...

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How obvious is it that you have "been with Jesus"?

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. —Acts 4:13 Peter and John had been arrested.  Their crime?  The Holy Spirit healed a disabled men, enabling him to walk and leap and praise God (Acts 3:8).  This gave Peter the opportunity to preach Christ to the crowd (Acts 3:12-26).  Incensed, the next day the religious authorities demanded...

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What can be learned from Peter's biggest mistake?

Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” —John 18:17 Peter is often somewhat vilified by modern Bible readers.  He frequently stuck his foot in his mouth.  And to add insult to that injury, he denied Christ while Jesus was on trial—several times—with swearing on one occasion.  With eyes on Jesus and remembering our own failures, we might...

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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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