Weekly Worship Meditation

December 2015

Everything is dependent upon Him

December 20, 2015 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” —John 15:5 This simple verse tells us something about who Jesus is and who we are in Him.  He is the Vine, and we are merely branches.  The branches must remain connected to the Vine for the Vine is the branch’s only source of life. The verse also contains a promise for those who abide [remain permanently]...

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Do not believe, or cannot believe?

December 13, 2015 “Therefore they could not believe…” —John 12:39 The reality is, those who do not believe cannot believe.  Why?  Because sin so blinds and deceives us, that, left to ourselves, we have no desire to believe in Christ and repent of our sins.  It is never a case of God blocking someone who wants to believe from believing.  It is, rather, a case of God allowing the lost to continue in the unbelief they desire. The flipside is...

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Desperate for the conversion of the lost

December 6, 2015 For even His brothers did not believe in Him. —John 7:5 My guess is that if you are saved and understand salvation, and what awaits those who are not saved, you are concerned for family and friends who are lost.  You may even feel desperate.  Let me give you three reasons to take heart. First, you are not the only one who has unbelieving loved ones.  So did Jesus.  And He was the perfect witness for the gospel.  Thankfully, at least...

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Defending self or proclaiming Him?

November 29, 2015 Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him and said, “It is as you say.” —Luke 23:3 What Jesus said, and what Jesus didn’t say during his trials is significant.  First, what He did not say.  He never answered the false charges leveled against Him.  Why?  Because they were so false they did not deserve an answer.  Does this mean we would never answer false charges that...

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The paramount reason to rejoice

November 22, 2015 "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” —Luke 10:20  Jesus sent the disciples (all seventy of them) on a mission.  They “returned with joy.”  Why?  Because they experienced success in their ministry and they found that they had power as even demons were subject to them in Jesus’ name.  Those are two things...

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Are you good with God saving people you don't like?

November 15, 2015 And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, "Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" —Luke 5:30 Jesus called Levi (aka, Matthew), and he responded by leaving his lucrative tax-collecting franchise to follow Jesus.  Levi was so excited, that he invited Jesus to his home for dinner.  A nice gesture, don’t you think?  Who did Levi know except for tax-collectors (thought to be among...

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