Weekly Worship Meditation

October 2017

Prince of Peace Brings Division?

Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. 52 For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.53 Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. —Luke 12:51-53   Jesus is the Prince of Peace, right?  So how can He...

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The "Disciples' Prayer"

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” —Luke 11:1 These words precede the so-called “Lord’s Prayer,” in Luke’s gospel.  We realize that the Lord’s Prayer is a misnomer since the Lord Jesus could not pray this prayer.  Why?  Because it contains a petition for forgiveness of sin, which of...

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Jesus and the Self-Righteous

And their scribes and the Pharisees complained… saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered and said to them…32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” —Luke 5:30-32 Obviously, the religionists in Jesus’ day did not understand what the Messiah was coming to do, namely, to “save His people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21 makes sense when we understand...

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God Takes Pleasure in His Son

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." —Matthew 3:17  I remember when these words opened up a deeper understanding of the book of Proverbs to me.  As believers, we know that Jesus’ sinless life fulfilled the Law for those He came to save.  We can read the Law and say over and over again, “Jesus kept that law perfectly for me… and that one, and that one, and that...

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God of the Word

The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia. And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king. —Daniel 8:20-21 The visions God gave Daniel in the latter chapters of the book that bears his name are so specific—actually naming future kingdoms, years before they were world powers—that skeptics reject them.  Why?  “They are so specific, they cannot be...

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