Weekly Worship Meditation

November 2018

Why do we tend not pay attention to verses like this?

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father… —1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 Let us learn from Paul to remember brothers and sisters in prayer.  Let us pray for each other giving thanks always for each other. Let us learn also that Christian “works” are works “of...

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How obvious is it that you have "been with Jesus"?

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. —Acts 4:13 Peter and John had been arrested.  Their crime?  The Holy Spirit healed a disabled men, enabling him to walk and leap and praise God (Acts 3:8).  This gave Peter the opportunity to preach Christ to the crowd (Acts 3:12-26).  Incensed, the next day the religious authorities demanded...

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What can be learned from Peter's biggest mistake?

Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” —John 18:17 Peter is often somewhat vilified by modern Bible readers.  He frequently stuck his foot in his mouth.  And to add insult to that injury, he denied Christ while Jesus was on trial—several times—with swearing on one occasion.  With eyes on Jesus and remembering our own failures, we might...

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What being "yoked up" with Jesus doesn't mean

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." —Matthew 11:28-30 Who is this passage for?  Those who are weighed down by their sense of the weight of their sin before a holy God. What two actions are to be taken?  First, yoke up with...

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Those Christ has delivered are in their right minds

Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. —Mark 5:15 Jesus delivered a demon-possessed man.  The man had been wild and uncontrollable (v.2-5).  When Jesus cast the demons out, the previously untamable man was then “sitting and clothed and in his right mind.”  To varying degrees, this is one of the essential marks of those who have been born...

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