Finding the Sacred Everywhere Can you meet God anywhere? Even in an uncomfortable setting - perhaps something different from what you grew up with? Or, when visiting another church fellowship, are you so distracted and annoyed by the furniture, the different worship style, the theological differences on small, non-central issues, the way people dress, or … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 9 – Division in the Body
Worshiping Him in Spirit and Truth But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. Jesus It is possible to speak the truth of God … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 7 – Spirit and Truth
God Wants Our Lips and Our Hearts ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. ‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’” Jesus God looks at the intent of our hearts in our worship, not the style or simply the words we … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 6 – Lip Service
The Heart of Worship Christ can work wherever he chooses. In any denomination, any church style. The style is not what matters. It's whether the style has become the idol or focal point of that church. The "right" way to do things. It's the question of who - or what - is at the center … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 5 – Religion Doesn’t Really Need God
Sacred Worship It is the presence of Spirit-filled believers who participate in sacraments (from the Latin, sacramentum, from sacro ("hallow", "consecrate"), from sacer ("sacred", "holy")) that make them sacred, worshipful acts. The sacraments are often considered to be primarily communion and baptism (or in some denominations, a few other things as well). But in reality, every … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 3 – Religion Does Not Produce Holy Worship
The Visit of the Magi Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, … Continue reading Read Through the Bible – Day #2 – Matthew Chapter 2
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