Weekly Worship Meditation

January 2017

Prepare Yourself for Worship

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes.  11  And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. —Exodus 19:10-11 I realize that God’s supernatural visitation at Mount Sinai is not like the average Sunday morning worship service.  However, might there be some lessons to learn from that incredible...

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Lessons from Joseph

"Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?  20  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.  21  Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them." —Genesis 50:19-21 This brief exchange between Joseph and his brothers teaches at least three...

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Collateral Blessing

So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field. —Genesis 39:5 Here is a worthy goal and an incredible opportunity: Let us strive to live in such a way that the Lord would bless the people in our lives for our sakes.  That would include (as in Joseph’s sake) employers, but also...

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On Study Bibles...

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. —Genesis 1:1 Dating the events in the first eleven chapters of Genesis is not exact.  Different sets of study notes take different approaches.  The notes in The Daily Bible (which some of you are reading) take a “conservative” approach.  They do not set a lot of dates, and when they do (January 3) they give a literal date (“The flood comes 1656 years after the creation.”) The notes in...

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Christmas All Year Long!

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” —Revelation 21:3  Christmas is about the coming of Immanuel—that is, God with us.  At Christmas, the Son of God became a man so that He could live and die for those He came to save.  For those who know Jesus, Christmas is an especially comforting time of...

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