Weekly Worship Meditation

December 2013

It's not about you

December 29, 2013 So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?" Now Haman thought in his heart, "Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?”  7 And Haman answered the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor,  8 let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head.  9 Then let this robe...

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The 1st Christmas

December 22, 2013 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." —Matthew 1:21  Matthew 1:21 is, by far, my favorite Christmas verse.  Here are a few reasons why. First, but not most importantly, because it involves the forgotten man of the Christmas Story: Joseph.  This good man was in a pickle.  He saw that his betrothed wife was with child.  He knew what that meant.  And he...

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Working under God's power

December 15, 2013 So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. Nehemiah 4:6  So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days.  16  And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God. —Nehemiah 6:15-16 Chapter...

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Growing amidst adversity

December 8, 2013 Then the people of the land tried to discourage the people of Judah. They troubled them in building, —Ezra 4:4 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken Your commandments, —Ezra 9:10 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. —Isaiah 26:3 Discouragement from the outside.  The Jews who returned from Babylon/Persia to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple faced...

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Judged? On what basis?

December 1, 2013 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the LORD, as his father David had done.  For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made molded images for the Baals. —2 Chronicles 28:1-2    A most common misconception about how God will judge all people (and yes, God who is Holy must judge!), is that we are compared to the rest of humanity. ...

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