The Real Temple

Scripture Now I promise that like you, your descendants will be kings.  I’ll choose one of your sons to be king… I’ll make him a strong ruler, and no one will be able to take his kingdom away from him. He will be the one to build a temple for Me.  ~I Chronicles 17:10-12, CEV …

Hanging Up The Harps

Scripture We hung our small harps on the willow trees. ~Psalm 137:2, CEV Quote Self-pity is the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical drugs; it is addictive and dangerous. It gives momentary pleasure and then separates the victim from reality. ~John W. Gardner If we understood the destructive power of drugs, we would be afraid to …

The Place of Worship

Scripture You must not offer sacrifices just anywhere you want to. Instead, the LORD will choose a place somewhere in Israel where you must go to worship Him.  ~Deuteronomy 12:5, CEV Quote Obedience is the first act of worship. ~Ya’akov I had a conversation last week that got me to thinking. We we worship God as we …

Preparing For Worship

Scripture The food that you put into your mouth doesn’t make you unclean and unfit to worship God. The bad words that come out of your mouth are what make you unclean.” ~Matthew 15:11, CEV Quote God’s purpose in redemption is to make worshipers out of rebels ~A.W. Tozer I was reading Matthew 15 in …

Keep The Altar Fire Burning

Scripture The fire on the altar is to be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest will burn wood on the fire… Fire must be kept burning on the altar continually; it must not go out. ~Leviticus 6:12-13 (CSB) Quote Confession without repentance is just boasting. ~H. Eugene Bolton Corrie Ten …

Celebrate Jesus

Scripture But the righteous are glad; they rejoice before God and celebrate with joy. ~Psalm 68:3, CSB Quote Without authentic worship, we go about miserable. ~A.W. Tozer I first noticed the word ‘Celebrate’ when I read the Contemporary English version some 15-20 years ago. Every time I read a new translation, I come across things I have not noticed previously. …

The Corrupt Sadducees

Scripture “Didn’t we tell you never again to preach about this JESUS,” the high priest demanded, “and instead you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring the blame of this man’s death on us.” ~Acts 5:28, LNT Quote Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. ~Edmund Burke There are …

I Made A Mistake

Scripture Therefore her sins–and they are many–are forgiven, for she loved Me much: but the one who is forgiven little, shows little love. ~Luke 7:47, LNT Quote A part from Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, we can never be freed from the chains of selfishness, jealousy and indifference. ~Billy Graham I …