Weekly Worship Meditation

October 2018

Why does religion get in the way of noticing the kindness of God?

The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.  16  For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. —John 5:15-16 Jesus’ healing of the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda took place on the Sabbath.  The rules-and-regulations-oriented religious leaders, like those of their ilk today, were more interested in dictating what people can and cannot do than in the good...

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Find out why Jesus is worthy of worship, honor, and glory

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. —John 1:14  Jesus is the Word.  He is the personification of God’s complete communication to humanity. That He became flesh and dwelt among us testifies that before he came: (a) He existed;(b) he was not a man (He was not “flesh.”); (c) He came from somewhere else, namely heaven. When He came, He came as...

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The sins Israel and the Church continue to commit

And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God… —Nehemiah 13:25 Great things had happened in Jerusalem.  After a seventy-year exile in Babylon, God brought His people back to their homeland.  Progress resettling and rebuilding was slow, but by Nehemiah 13, the temple and the city walls were rebuilt.  More importantly, there had been more than one spiritual revival.  Earlier in...

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You cannot thwart God's will

"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" —Esther 4:14  Wicked Haman hatched a plan to annihilate the Jewish race.  But God had already strategically placed Esther in a place to foil Haman’s plot.  To go through it, she had to take a risk.  She had...

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Priority Check

“Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?”  5Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!  6You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” —Haggai 1:4-6 Does it ever seem like all your efforts...

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