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What Makes Worship good?

Tomorrow morning individuals will enter into gathering places to join with other saints to worship God and edify the body.  Songs will be sung, money will be given, prayers will be offered, remembrance of the death of Christ will happen, and the proclamation of the Word will be heard.  At lunch folks will gather around the table and discuss how “good” (or maybe not good) this particular time of worship was.

I understand that some times of worship hit us differently than others.  Sometimes the song service is a collection of more of our favorites than others.  Sometimes the sermon is delivered better than others.  However, worship should always be “good.”  If it is God-honoring, Christ-exalting, and Spirit-directed worship then, it is always good.  You see the “goodness” of worship is not caught up in how it makes us feel, but rather is directly related to the One whom we worship.  Since we worship the good God, who is Worthy of our worship, then our worship is good.

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Modern Day Witchcraft

No this is not another post on Harry Potter (you can read those posts here though).  However, I do want to talk about witchcraft. Witchcraft and sorcery are listed as sins in the Bible.  It is clear from Scripture that the people of God should not be involved in such practices.

But why?  Why is God so concerned with witchcraft and sorcery?  One reason is because divination, witchcraft, and sorcery are means to find guidance in life outside of God’s will.  This got me thinking on how to apply the Scripture’s condemnation of witchcraft today.  This then got me thinking on what does modern day witchcraft look like.

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He Saved Others, Have Him Save Himself

The events surrounding the death of Jesus are a tragic example of human sin.  The false charges, forgery of a trial, cowardly nature of Pilate, and the cheers of the crowd are clear examples of this.  Not only did the people have Him killed, but they also mocked Him while on the cross.

One such mocking expressions was “He saved other, Have Him Save Himself.”  What an ironic statement.  These people had seen Jesus save others.  They had seen Him save Peter’s mother-in-law from her fever.  They had witnessed Him save the woman who had the issue of blood.  They saw Him save the disciples from the the storm on the seas.  They saw Him save an untold multitude from sickness, disease, and possession.  They had witnessed Jesus save others.

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Giving God Your Leftovers

“God wants you to give Him your best ” is a common statement. This phrase is often used to coax a child into putting on his or her church clothes and wash up. Is it true that God “wants our best” in worship? Absolutely it is, but what we consider our “best” is not always in line with what God calls best. Scripture does not give us information on what type of clothes we should wear, but it does clearly state that one should give God an appropriate offering in their worship.

The people that Malachi was working with were worshiping God and offering Him something. What they were offering him was not their best, by any means. They were sacrificing their leftovers to God (molded bread, lame animals etc.) They were despising the greatness of God through their lack of concern in their offerings, yet they still had the nerve to ask “how have we despised you” (Malachi 1:6).  They despised God in the same way we can today.  They gave him their leftovers.  Malachi goes on to stat three reasons why we should offer God our best.

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Dan Owen on the Man of Sin

You can read the earlier posts on the man of sin here, here, here, here, and here.

Just wanted to share with you Dan Owen’s Thoughts on the Man of Sin:

The second chapter concerns some misunderstandings that were evident among the Thessalonians regarding the return of Christ. Some of them were convinced that Jesus was going to return immediately. Because of this belief, they had quit their jobs and become idle. Paul dispelled this belief by saying that Jesus would not return until two things happened. First, the “apostasy” or the “rebellion” must occur. Secondly, and in conjunction with the apostasy, the “man of lawlessness” must be revealed. There has been much wild speculation about what Paul had in mind here. The Scriptures are the best commentary.

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