Weekly Worship Meditation

August 2014

Daniel: An Example and a Type of Christ

August 24, 2014 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. —Daniel 1:8  Daniel is the only major character in the entire Bible (besides Jesus of course) about whom not a single negative thing is recorded.  Of course he was a sinner in need of salvation, but his sparkling character...

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A summary overview of the Christian life in light of the resurrection.

August 17, 2014 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen. —Luke 24:51-53 The last words of the Gospel of Luke give a summary overview of the Christian life in light of the resurrection. (1) Because Jesus died, rose, and ascended, we are blessed.  (2) The Christian life is a life...

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Is Jesus merely in charge of snacks?

August 10, 2014 Then one from the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” —Luke 12:13  After preaching what I thought was a penetrating message about discipleship to a group of young men at a retreat some years ago, one of the students asked, “Can we stop at a 7-11 on the way home for snacks?” Jesus has just spoken some sobering words about the price of discipleship, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and...

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Why do we have trouble believing what Jesus says?

August 3, 2014 [Jesus] said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side of the lake." And they launched out.  But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy.  And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.  But He said to them, "Where...

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