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Today’s Attitude to Worship and Honoring God.


I know some of you will say God looks upon the heart. The Old Testament is an example to us and God laid out a dress code. Now some will say, but what about the poor. Please save this rational for the ignorant.  “Study to show thyself unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of God.

The following is an article written by pastor, Bob Hess:

The attitude today is: “Bring on the entertainment and forget all of that “boring”, “exclusive” and “divisive” preaching stuff”. I had a preacher tell me one time that “…a church never grows above her pastor’s spiritual example”. This “dress-down” business in the pulpit to impress those who come to services, is nothing more than showing disrespect to the King of kings that the pastor represents. It is the first step in “down-playing” certain things that people need in order to follow Christ. Next is softening the message. Stop teaching about the wrath of God and of a place called “Hell”. Then, just teach about the Love of God. Forget about preaching about “particular sins” and “lifestyles” because someone’s feelings may get hurt and they won’t come back. Don’t make people follow in their Bibles, just flash scriptures on a screen. It takes too long for them to find the references (finding references is part of learning since they don’t have the movie screen when they are looking for things when not in church). We are not in the pulpit to impress or entertain, but to preach the TRUTH and to set an example of the respect that is do to the King of kings and Lord of lords. What goes on inside the walls of that church building and behind that pulpit is SERIOUS BUSINESS. You don’t see the representatives of the President or the kings of this earth representing them in “everyday” dress or the “dress down” styles that preachers do in the pulpits today”. All that is amounts to nothing more than trying to build numbers and not to give an example to ALL who attend services. The apostle Paul said “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” in First Corinthians 11:1. The word follow, in the Greek means to imitate. Again, in First Corinthians 4:16 he said “Wherefore, I beseech you be ye followers of me.” Then in Philippians 3:17 he writes “Brethren, be followers together of me…”. In Second Thessalonians 3:9 he wrote “Not because we have not authority, but to make ourselves an example unto you to follow us.” I know that this makes the “progressive” group angry, but that is life. I guess having grown up in the age when preachers were known, even when walking in a crowd by their appearance, actions and respect for the office and pulpit behind which they stood. My mother and dad, in my early years, were not very religious. But, the actions and habits that some displayed as the progressive began in its earlier years, caused even them to question the sincerity of those progressive pastors. This is just my opinion. Some reading may have a different one. One day we will stand before the Lord and He will disclose what HE feels about it and how we carried out HIS commission. 1. Go out and as you go win. 2. Bring those who are WON in. 3. Immerse them. 4. Teach them TO OBSERVE His teachings. That is the commission. It is NOT to come down to the standards of the world, but to bring people UP to the standards of Christ by SETTING PROPER EXAMPLES and TEACHING and PREACHING with words and living examples.

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Father


 

aḇ

 

No examination of the names and titles of God would be complete without considering the title of Father. The Hebrew ’aḇ (H1), which “apparently is derived from such baby sounds as abab,” appears almost 1,200 times in the OT. We should also note that ’aḇ (H2) is the Aramaic form, the basis for the NT usage of abba (G5) that appears three times (Mar_14:36; Rom_8:15; Gal_4:6). Obviously, ’aḇ refers to a biological father (Gen_2:24), but it also refers to the head of a household (Gen_24:40), a grandfather (Gen_28:13), an ancestor (Gen_10:21), or even a patron of a class (Gen_4:20). What does such fatherhood indicate when we think of God as our Father? Let us consider five applications.

 

First, our Fatherbegets us. He gives us life. “Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?” (Mal_2:10). Spiritually then, through Christ, we are “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible” (1Pe_1:23). Having thus been “born of God,” we know God (1Jn_4:7), love God (1Jn_5:1), overcome the world (1Jn_5:4), and guard our behavior (1Jn_5:18, “keepeth” is tēreō [G5083], “keep an eye on, watch over, observe attentively, guard protectively”), and do not habitually commit sin (1Jn_3:9).

 

Second, our Fatherteaches us. We are to “hear the instruction of [our] father” and learn doctrine, wisdom, and God’s law from Him (Pro_1:8; Pro_4:1-4; Pro_5:1). From where do we get our spiritual Father’s instruction? From His Word alone.

 

Third, our Fatherdisciplines us. As an earthly father corrects his child because of love (Pro_3:12; Deu_8:5), so God our Father “chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. . . . for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” (Heb_12:6-7; cf. 2Sa_7:14). Yes, discipline is painful, but it brings us back to obedience.

 

Fourth, our Fatherprovides for us. Why do we worry about clothing, food, and other basic needs of life? Our “Father knoweth that [we] have need of these things” and He will provide them when we seek Him (Luk_12:28-31; cf. Mat_6:9-11).

 

Fifth, our Fathergives us aname. As one’s family name is a precious thing, God has given us names that should be precious to us. Each of us is a “saint” (Php_4:21), a “Christian” (1Pe_4:16), and a believer (Act_5:14). Let us live up to those names’ lofty standards.

 

Scriptures for Study: How do we become children of God (Gal_3:26)? What proves we are children of God (1Jn_3:10; 1Jn_5:2)?

 

 

 

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Make Your Days Count!


 

Psalm 90:10-12

 

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom,” Psalm 90:12. 

 

 

 

In the middle of his anguish and loss, Job recorded these words about the brevity of life: “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not” (Job 14:1, 2).

 

I am sure there are days when you feel the same way about life. When things go wrong, it’s easy to remember how good life used to be and allow a feeling of despair and dread to come over you. But, if you are reading this, you are not done yet. God is not finished with you. As long as there is air in our lungs and blood coursing through our veins, there is work to be done. Surely, when our race is finished, God will bring us home to Him, but until then, we have a job to do. We do not accomplish that job by glorying in the past, but by hopefully marching toward the future on a wild ride of faith. Job did not give up, but pressed on in faith. God honored his faithfulness and blessed him with the resources he needed to glorify God on earth, restoring to him all that he had lost. A life of faith trusts God even in the dark days and vows to pursue God every day to make each day count. Your life may be short compared to eternity, but it is what you do with your life on earth that counts in eternity. Like the old hymn says, “Only what you do for Him will be counted in the end; only what you do for Christ will last!” (Raymond Rasberry, “Only What You Do for Christ Will Last”)

 

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Will you make today count for eternity?

 

 

 

Mark Clements

 

 

 

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Live for God in This World


 

Titus 2:12

 

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world,” Titus 2:12.

 

 

Two options are presented here: (1) a lifestyle of ungodliness and worldly lusts of this present world, (2) living soberly, self-controlled, watchful-cautious, righteously (our relationship to mankind, Commandments 5-10) and godly (our relationship to God, Commandments 1-4). “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, . . . because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Rom. 1:18, 21).

 

Recently I saw a USO calendar cover of a young father-soldier holding his one year old son who reached up his hand and touched his father’s face. Someone had added a famous caption to the picture, plus an addition: “I reached out my hand and touched the face of God . . . who lives in my daddy.”

 

What greater incentive to live for God in a world stumbling in darkness?

 

How wretched of a parent, by his example, to lead his family to hell, then abandon them there and go to Heaven. King David paid for his example of lack of self-control with the lives of four of his children. To his grave His heart wept for them. “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (2 Sam. 18:33).

 

 

Just Saying

 

As Christians, our lack of caution and self-control can invite Satan to blindside us and cast our pearls before swine.

 

 

Robert Brock

 

 

 

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