Weekly Worship Meditation

May 2015

First grace, then works

May 24, 2015 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. —2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 The order is always the same—at least in Christianity.  Grace, followed by works.  Paul writes to the Thessalonians of God’s loving grace, by which we receive everlasting consolation, by which our hearts  are...

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Why God hears our prayers

May 17, 2015 If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.  But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. —Psalm 66:18-19 No one has ever enjoyed more perfect communion with our Father in Heaven than Jesus, His only begotten Son.  Because Jesus is sinless, there has never been any restriction or impediment in conversing with the Father. Except once. When Jesus hung on the cross, paying the penalty for our sins, He was...

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Christians at work and school

May 10, 2015 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.  23And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,  24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. — Colossians 3:22-24 One of the hardest places for us to live our faith is at work (or at school).  We work hard and...

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The answer is in our houses.

May 3, 2015 Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless.  12 Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies. — Psalm 60:11-12 Our nation is in trouble.  Big trouble.  Besides lawlessness in the streets that the police cannot control, our national indebtedness is cripplingly high (over $18 trillion) and growing by the second.  Four of the six largest budget items are (#1) Medicare, (#2) Social Security, (#4)...

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Give the grace we have received

April 19, 2015 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. — Galatians 6:1  This is addressed to “brethren,” meaning Christians.  Christians are told that if we are aware that a brother or sister is overtaken in any trespass, if we are spiritual we are to restore that person.  Note the words “any trespass.”  We...

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