Weekly Worship Meditation

October 2014

Understanding difficult Psalms

October 26, 2014 Break their teeth in their mouth, O God! Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD! —Psalm 58:6  A few words about reading the Psalms might be helpful.  There are a few things about the Psalms that tend to confuse people.  One of them is the vitriolic language sometimes used regarding the demise of one’s enemies.  Here are a few pointers: Was David literally desiring that his enemy’s teeth be shattered?  No.  Look...

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Work to Life Ratio

October 19, 2014 Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!  5Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. —Proverbs 23:4-5  In today’s economy, employers are often willing to overwork and even abuse employees to get everything possible out of them.  One reason is that with taxes and insurance, hiring more people is so costly.  It is...

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Who killed Jesus?

October 12, 2014 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...

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Why do some believe and others do not?

October 5, 2014 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him… —John 12:37 People do not believe  because they witness signs and wonders.  Proof?  When Jesus was physically here on earth, performing many marvelous signs and wonders in plain sight, eyewitnesses still did not believe.  Some went so far as to demand more signs in the wake of those they had just seen.  Others—as in the case of Jesus raising...

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What did Jesus mean by that?

September 28, 2014 “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” —John 6:54  “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.  But there are some of you who do not believe.” —John 6:63-64  These words of Jesus teach three lessons. The first lesson is about Communion.  Communion is not about eating...

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