Weekly Worship Meditation

June 2015

Only the truly redeemed are secure from falling away

June 14, 2015 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity." —2 Timothy 2:19  Paul has been writing about those who had strayed from the faith.  That should be a scary subject since some who fall away seem like the least likely to do so.  Paul offers a word of encouragement and one of a warning.  Both come from...

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Cycles of grace

June 7, 2015 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old... —Psalm 78:2 Psalm 78 (all 72 verses of it) is a trip down memory lane.  With pen in hand, the psalmist is remembering key elements in Israel’s history.  What are the recurring themes?  They seem to be (1) God’s grace.  (2) Israel’s sin.  (3) God’s chastening.  (4) Israel’s repentance.  Followed by (5) God’s grace. Then the...

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How to conduct ourselves in the house of God

May 31, 2015 …I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. —1 Timothy 3:15 This verse instructs and encourages me in the following ways: It matters how we “conduct ourselves in the house of God.”  That’s right, there is conduct that is appropriate and acceptable and there is conduct which is not.  When we gather with God’s...

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