Weekly Worship Meditation

October 2015

Giving thanks in the gravest circumstance

October 25, 2015 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” —Matthew 26:26-28 While communion bread and wine did not, nor have they ever, become the literal body...

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"Make me great" or "Have mercy on me"?

October 18, 2015 "What do you wish?" Matthew 20:21 "What do you want Me to do for you?" Matthew 20:32 Two different requests were made of Jesus and He showed kind and patient grace by giving both the same response.  The two scenarios unfolded differently, however.  Why? The first request came from James and John’s mother, who was seeking positions of greatness for her sons.  (Mark records that James and John asked as well.)  The...

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Discernment in choosing your teachers

October 11, 2015 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.  25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!” —Matthew 10:24-25 In context, these words of Jesus are a warning to those who follow Christ, that since people persecuted Him, they will also persecute His disciples.  As a...

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Are you righteous enough for Heaven?

October 4, 2015 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 5:20 This may not mean too much to the modern Gentile reader, but I guarantee you it was a most impacting statement in the ears of those Jews who heard Jesus say it.  Why?  Because in their world, the Scribes and Pharisees were the most righteous people of all.  Or were they? There are...

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How to please God

September 27, 2015 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy. —Psalm 147:11 We were created for God’s pleasure (Rev. 4:11 KJV).  Therefore it behooves us to seek always to please Him.  The psalmist declares that one of the ways we can do this is by fearing Him. The initial fear of God is fear of His just judgment of sinners, which we all are (Rom. 3:23, 6:23).  This fear, acted upon correctly, leads us to cry out for...

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The future full realization of salvation

September 20, 2015 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." —Revelation 21:4  Everyone longs for a pain-free, life with no death.  Some will actually experience such a thing.  They are the children of God—people who have understood their spiritual bankruptcy before a holy God; that God has made provision for forgiveness by...

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