Weekly Worship Meditation

July 2013

Are We More Superstitious Than We Realize?

July 28, 2013 Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies. —1 Samuel 4:3 Human beings are frightfully superstitious folk.  Sadly, God’s people are frequently no exception.  After years of disobedience, the children of Israel were positioned to feel the sting of God’s displeasure.  God used their arch-enemies, the Philistines, as His rod of...

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Fully Integrated Lives

July 21, 2013 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. —Judges 21:25 It is virtually without question that the time of the judges was the darkest of times for Israel.  The anarchy of everyone doing what is right in his own eyes is a certain recipe for disaster.  The last five chapters of Judges are astonishing.  The people were immoral, barbaric and foolish. Sinful living (which in itself is foolishness),...

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When God Refuses to Hear

July 14, 2013 10 And the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, saying, "We have sinned against You, because we have both forsaken our God and served the Baals!"  11  So the LORD said to the children of Israel… 13 you have forsaken Me and served other gods. Therefore I will deliver you no more.  14  Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress." —Judges 10:10-11, 13-14 What...

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Salvation is of the Lord-Alone!

July 7, 2013 And the LORD said to Gideon, "The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'" —Judges 7:2 Israel was subjugated and impoverished by the Midianites and the Amalekites, "as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude."  God's people cried out to God...

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