Weekly Worship Meditation

October 2016

Can Your Faith be Seen?

When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” —Luke 5:20 You remember the story.  Jesus was speaking in a house so crowded that some men who brought an invalid friend to Jesus, couldn’t get in.  Undeterred, they got on top of the house, cut a hole in the roof, and lowered their friend to Jesus. That is where Luke records the words, “when He [Jesus] saw their faith.”  Real, living faith can be seen because...

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The Bible is All About Jesus

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. —Mark 1:1 Can you believe it?  We have read 1,351 (of the 1,688) pages of the Daily Bible before we get to Jesus!  What shall we make of that? First, according to Jesus, the entire Old Testament is about Jesus (John 5:39-40, and Luke 24:27).  Therefore, we have been reading about Jesus all along!  Let this be an incentive for us to learn to see Jesus in the Old Testament. Second, Christians who...

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"Bring Us the Book!"

Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. —Nehemiah 8:1 Bring us the Book!” was the cry of the people of God in Nehemiah’s day.  They knew they had erred, and that was the reason for the many years of trouble the nation had endured.  Now they were ready to get serious about God’s...

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Marrying Unbelievers

So when I heard this thing, I tore my garment and my robe, and plucked out some of the hair of my head and beard, and sat down astonished. —Ezra 9:3 What on earth could Ezra have heard that would elicit such a response?  Did the stock market crash?  Were thousands killed in a natural disaster?  Was his dearest friend suddenly killed?  No.  It was something worse.  Far worse.  Ezra was told that some among the people of God—including...

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The God of the Old/New Testament

13 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces. 15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! —Psalm 107:13-15   People who insist that “the God of the Old Testament” is somehow different from “the God of the New Testament,” have a...

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