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Major Theme LIII – Worship


1 TIMOTHY 2:1-15 NKJV – Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is  good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there  is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying— a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.

[  Note from editor: some of this passage may trouble some of you.  Please discuss this passage with your pastor, before making much ado about the English wording. ]

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Our Daily Bread Christmas Edition VIII


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Learning To Walk

I remember those days long ago when our children were learning to walk. First they showed their readiness by pulling themselves up and taking a tentative step or two. My wife and I would reach out our hands and encourage them to walk toward us. We held them up by their hands or by the suspenders on their overalls. We praised every effort and encouraged every attempt. We never grew discouraged, nor did we give up until they learned to walk.

So it is with our heavenly Father: He “taught Israel how to walk” (Hosea 11:3). He took His children “by the hand” and led them along with “ropes of kindness and love” (vv.3-4).

Our heavenly Father stands before us with outstretched arms, encouraging us toward holiness, eager to catch us when we stumble. He picks us up when we fall. He is never discouraged with our progress, nor will He ever give up. The more difficult we find the process, the more care and kindness He expends.

George MacDonald put it this way: “God will help us when we cannot walk, and He will help us when we find it hard to walk, but He cannot help us if we will not walk.” Even though you fall, you must try again. Your Father holds you by the hand. —DAVID ROPER

God helps us walk in the light of today and the hope of tomorrow.

HOSEA 11:1-4 NKJV

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son. As they called them, So they went from them; They sacrificed to the Baals, And burned incense to carved images. “I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by their arms; But they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them.

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Rediscovering the Christmas Spirit – Day 9


His Names

Exposure: Read the passages about Jesus’ first coming and His second coming. Listen to the “Hallelujah Chorus” or “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” from Handel’s “Messiah”—both are easy to find online.

Exploration: Notice how prominent names of Jesus are in these verses. How important is your name to you?

Expression: What does each name of Jesus mean to you specifically? Discuss with friends or family or journal about how Jesus expresses Himself in these various ways in your life.

Experience: How have you experienced Jesus as a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace? How is He a King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Now read the charge to Timothy about how to live ready to meet our King.

ISAIAH 9:6-7 NKJV – For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There  will  be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

REVALATION 19:1-16 NKJV – After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that  you  do not do  that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

1TIMOTHY 6:11-16 NKJV – But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He  who  is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

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Before the Cross IV


Philippians 2:8 NIRV – He appeared as a man. He came down to the lowest level. He obeyed God completely, even though it led to his death. In fact, he died on a cross.
2CH 7:14 NET – if my people, who belong to me, humble themselves, pray, seek to please me, and repudiate their sinful practices, then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
PHP 2:3-4 NET – Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.  Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.
1PE 5:5 NET – In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble .
LUK 14:11 NET – For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
JAS 4:6 NET – But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “ God opposes the proud , but he gives grace to the humble .”
JAS 4:10 NET -Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

Before The Cross: We Are Humbled

“And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:8

Jesus is our ultimate example of humility. As we are sinful, find forgiveness through Jesus, and become disciples, it’s an easy temptation to become prideful in the process. Satan would love nothing more than for God’s children to walk around prideful. God opposes the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

Yes, it’s true that we are forgiven through Christ, but that doesn’t give us a free pass to do anything we want. Likewise, it doesn’t mean that we know it all and that we can look down on others or slander those who reject the Word of God.

If we look to the cross, we see how we can exercise humility towards others. We can avoid pride and love others despite their actions towards us because of Jesus’ love towards us despite our actions towards Him. We are still sinful and still fall short everyday as believers (which makes the cross that much bigger), so we have no right to be prideful towards others or to God.

C. J. Mahaney says, “Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.” We should wake up each day and preach the Gospel to ourselves first before we do anything else. In this, we’ll humble ourselves realizing we need the cross just as much as anyone else. This will quickly kill pride in us and we’ll submit to the Holy Spirit leading us in humility.

We are humbled as we come before the cross because of what Jesus did for us. Jesus led us by example in humility and how to best love and serve others.

This is why we are servants…