Weekly Worship Meditation

September 2015

Jesus took it all so we will take none at all

September 13, 2015 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,  10  he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. —Revelation 14:9-10  The biblical...

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Jesus and His Church

September 6, 2015 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give…” —Revelation 2:7  The first movement of the biblical symphony called The Revelation consists of seven letters to seven churches.  Though John wrote the letters, he wrote what Jesus dictated, so the letters are from Jesus Himself.  The seven churches were seven literal churches, and the words to each were specific to...

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Let us be people indelibly marked by love!

August 30, 2015 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. —1 John 4:7-8 John is called the Apostle Jesus loved.  He was not only loved, he loved both God and God’s people.  And he not only exhorted the Church to love God, but to love one another. In the five short chapters, containing only 105 verses, the word love appears36 times in...

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Too busy, or a lack of desire?

August 23, 2015 Consider how I love Your precepts; Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness. —Psalm 119:159 Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word. —Psalm 119:170 Why is it that when I ask believers how they are doing, or what the Lord is currently speaking to them about, the typical answer I get is, “I haven’t been in the Word much lately” (or something along those lines)?  This is a deep concern to me...

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Context: Persecution

August 16, 2015 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; —1 Peter 3:15  This verse is commonly used to instruct believers that we need to be prepared for evangelism—especially to answer difficult questions posed by non-believers.  That is how I commonly think of, and teach this verse.  However, putting it back in the...

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