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One That Worshipped God

           One That Worshipped God

                                      Luke 10:41-42
"And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

Let’s go to a little village outside the city of Jerusalem. This little village called Bethany is where Mary, Martha, and Lazarus live. Jesus has been invited by Martha to come to her home and while He is there, she becomes extremely busy preparing for Hm. We all know how preoccupied we can become when guests come to our home and in Martha’s case, this was a very special guest, the Lord of Heaven was visiting.

Mary, the sister of Martha, finds a place at the feet of Jesus and listens to His every word. Martha, on the other hand, is absorbed in preparing for her invited house guest and is cumbered about with much serving. Martha is distracted, and frustrated over the unnecessary and extrav…

Turning Away From God

             Turning Away From God

                                     Jeremiah 13:1-11

Let’s go back in time to a prophet and priest named, Jeremiah. His ministry was extremely difficult and lasted for over forty years. During his ministry, he endured rejection, starvation, prison, dungeons and death threats. His divine calling was to warn the people of Judah that judgment was coming, if they did not obey God. They had turned their hearts away from the truth of the Word of God and from the prophet of God.

Jeremiah taught by using many object lessons and in chapter 13, the Lord had Jeremiah take an undergarment 200 miles away, traveling by foot, to the Euphrates River. He was told to bury the garment and return to Jerusalem. After an allotted time, God told Jeremiah to return to the rock and dig up the linen girdle. The garment was filthy and had begun to rot. God likened Judah to the defiled linen girdle; totally worthless in the sight of God.

When the people of Judah did not heed to …

So, Who's in Charge?

                 So, Who’s in Charge?

                                     Deuteronomy 6:1-7

The Lord is instructing Israel to teach their children and their children’s children to love and obey God. To listen and be careful to observe all that God commands them to do and they will prosper in the land. Though this promise is given to the Israelites, it is a principle of truth that we can follow in our attempt to teach our children “in the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6).

We’ve all seen and heard children acting out their sinful natures in public. Uh-oh, wonder who’s in charge now? Ignoring the situation is popular in our culture today. Just keep shopping and they’ll loose interest. No, we’ve never seen that work, not one time. The screaming and crying accelerates and little Susie turns shades of red we’ve never seen to get her way. Mom acts like she hears and sees nothing. This opposes God’s intention for the home and the peace and tranquility for regular Wal-mart shoppers ceases.


Unacceptable Worship

               Unacceptable Worship

                                      Exodus 20:1-6
“. . . I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. . .”

The Israelites lived in a pagan society and were constantly being pulled away by strange gods or deities. God gave to them the Ten Commandments and commanded them to have no other gods before Him. Bowing down to any image or using any aid to replace God was not acceptable worship and is still unacceptable worship today.

Idolatry can appear in the worship of any person. A pastor, a Sunday school teacher, a school teacher, a movie star, an athlete, or even a family member. Christ said in Matthew 10:37, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” We are to love Christ more than any person we may have a deep affection for and we are to love Christ more than we lo…