Weekly Worship Meditation

November 2017

Faith Growing Exceedingly

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, —2 Thessalonians 1:2-3  Paul’s greeting in the second letter to the Thessalonians includes his thankfulness for his brothers and sisters, because their “faith grows exceedingly” and because “the love of every...

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Apostles in the New Testament

And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon's Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. —Acts 5:12-13 Apostles.  Who were they and what was their ministry?  There are three ways the word, apostle can be used, one of which is inadvisable; and there is a fourth which must not be used at all. First, there were Apostles (upper case A) who...

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He Laid Down His Life

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 purists (and I mean no...

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The Purpose of Signs and Wonders

But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, —John 12:37 Signs and wonders do not cause people to believe in Jesus—savingly.  Think of how many people witnessed many signs and wonders performed by Jesus and yet did not trust Him as their Savior.  Sure, they believed enough to come back for more miracle healings and free lunches, but most did not trust in Him unto salvation. So what do we make of John’s words about the...

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