Worship (Religion)

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  • Worship of Distinction

    12/13/2017 11:16:30 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "When He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, 'And let all the angels of God worship Him'" (Heb. 1:6). Jesus Christ is greater than angels because He is worshiped. Even though Jesus Christ humbled Himself and was made lower than the angels for a time, angels are still to worship Him. Since angels are to worship Him, then Christ must be greater than them. Angels have always worshiped Christ, only they worshiped Him as God. It wasn't until His incarnation that angels were commanded to worship Him as God's Son. It is a sin to worship anyone...
  • Elements of Christ's Exaltation

    12/13/2017 11:15:54 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “God highly exalted Him” (Philippians 2:9). Christ followed the path to glory so that we could follow Him. Because Christ humbled Himself, the Father wonderfully exalted Him. His exaltation includes the elements of both His resurrection and His coronation—His exaltation to the right hand of God. The apostle Peter said Jesus was “raised up again” and “exalted to the right hand of God” (Acts 2:3233).Peter and the other apostles preached, “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus. . . . He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 13 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/13/2017 6:16:41 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 13 (NKJV) Wisdom Loves Righteousness 01 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, 00 But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 02 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, 00 But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence. 03 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, 00 But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. 04 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; 00 But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. 05 A righteous man hates lying, 00 But a wicked man is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Mexican ‘Death Saint’ Displayed in Catholic Sanctuary

    12/12/2017 8:39:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | December 8, 2017 | Alexander Slavsky
    A Washington State Church displayed a pagan altar honoring a devotion condemned by at least one high-ranking Vatican cardinal and multiple bishops around the world. In November, St. Augustine Catholic Church in Oak Harbor allowed for a woman to set-up a Santa Muerte (Saint Death) display in the church around the Feast of All Souls, November 2. It was removed two days later after a parishioner complained about the sacrilege. Cristian Cadavid described the cult shrine as "blasphemy and affected the faith of many (especially the ones that know anything about the 'santa muerte')." The parish has, according to Cadavid, built the display in the past in an effort to be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-17, M, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2017 8:39:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2017 Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal?says the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on highand see who has created these things:He leads out their army and numbers them,calling them all by name.By his great might and the strength of his powernot one of them is missing!Why, O Jacob, do you say,and declare, O Israel,"My way is hidden from the LORD,and my right is disregarded by my God"? Do you not knowor have you not heard?The LORD is the eternal God,creator of the ends...
  • A More Excellent Name

    12/12/2017 8:36:31 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "He has inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say, 'Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee'? And again, 'I will be a Father to Him, and He shall be a Son to Me'?" (Heb. 1:4-5). Jesus is better than the angels because Christ was more than a messenger—He was a Son. In our culture, the names we pick for our children don't have much connection with the child's character. But in the Bible, God chose specific names that related to some character quality of the individuals who bore...
  • Exaltation Follows Humility

    12/12/2017 8:36:00 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). God will exalt the humble. Having plumbed the depths of Christ’s humiliation (Phil. 2:5-8), Paul now soars to the heights of His exaltation (vv. 9-11). Like Paul, the apostle Peter affirmed that the great theme of Old Testament prophecy was...
  • Chanukah Candle Lighting Blessings

    12/12/2017 6:27:34 AM PST · by Wuli · 34 replies
    Judaism 101 ^ | Judaism 101
    Chanukkah Candle Lighting Blessings Please note that this page contain the name of God. If you print it out, please treat it with appropriate respect. If you do not have experience reading transliteration please see the Guide to Transliteration. One candle is added to the menorah each night. The first night, you light only the shammus (the one at a different height) and one Chanukkah candle. By the eighth night, you light all of the candles. Candlelighting Procedure Candles should be added to the menorah from right to left (like Hebrew writing). See animation at right. The shammus candle is...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 12 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/12/2017 6:14:49 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 12 (NKJV) The House of the Righteous Shall Stand 01 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, 00 But he who hates correction is stupid. 02 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, 00 But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. 03 A man is not established by wickedness, 00 But the root of the righteous cannot be moved. 04 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, 00 But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. 05 The thoughts of the righteous are right, 00 But the counsels of the wicked are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-17, FEAST, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2017 8:04:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-12-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2017 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. Or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab...
  • Christ Is Superior to Angels

    12/11/2017 3:34:37 PM PST · by metmom · 112 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having become . . . much better than the angels" (Heb. 1:4). Through a deft use of the Old Testament, the writer proves that Christ is the mediator of a greater covenant. Man is a wonderful and amazing creation—higher than plants, animals, and any other material creation in this world. But there are created beings even higher than man—angels. Hebrews 2:9 shows this to be the case because when Jesus became a man, He was "made for a little while lower than the angels." After the fall of the rebellious angels under Lucifer, the angels in heaven were no longer...
  • God's Unfathomable Ways

    12/11/2017 3:33:59 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). Christ’s humiliation displayed God’s wisdom. Somewhere along the path of Christ’s descent, you’d think He would have said to Himself, These people really aren’t worth redeeming. This is too degrading and humiliating! But the grace and love of God toward sinners was such that Christ stooped to die for you and me. At the end of Paul’s doctrinal survey of salvation in Romans, he said, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom...
  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/11/2017 1:50:26 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 120 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 12-10-17 | Aaron Randle
    A few months after becoming pastor of Parkway Baptist Church, a 21-year-old Armour D. Stephenson III, or “AD3” as he is affectionately known, sat down with his deacons — almost all men over 40 — and laid out plans for his own version of the great flood. “The entire dynamic of our church was about to change,” AD3 recalls of the fateful 2006 meeting. His first decree: “Stop wearing suits on Sundays.” The congregation’s response? An exodus. Membership dwindled from about 300 to a low of 85. “Any time you’re shifting culture, there’s going to be some casualties,” AD3 says.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 11 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/11/2017 6:54:28 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 11 (NKJV) The Folly of Wickedness01 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, 00 But a just weight is His delight. 02 When pride comes, then comes shame; 00 But with the humble is wisdom. 03 The integrity of the upright will guide them, 00 But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. 04 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, 00 But righteousness delivers from death. 05 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, 00 But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. 06 The righteousness of the upright...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - DECEMBER 11, 2017 (Prayer)

    12/10/2017 10:54:19 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 26 replies
    Intercessory prayer ^ | 12/11/2017 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and for America: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (I John 5:14) Religion forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-11-17, OM, St. Damamsus I, Pope

    12/10/2017 7:53:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-11-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 11, 2017 Monday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be...
  • The Humility of Christ

    12/10/2017 12:57:46 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). Instead of asserting His divine rights, Christ submitted Himself to the cross. Even though the people did not recognize the deity of Christ and treated Him as a criminal, He did not fight back. Instead, He “humbled Himself.” Consider His trial. He said not a word to defend Himself throughout unbelievable humiliation. They mocked Him, punched Him, pulled out His beard—yet He did not say a word. He was silent and accepted man’s abuse through each phase of His phony trial. He...
  • The Sacrifice and Exaltation of Christ

    12/10/2017 12:57:13 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Heb. 1:3). Jesus Christ offered one sacrifice for all the sins of mankind, then sat down with the Father once He had accomplished it. The Bible makes it perfectly clear that the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Jesus Christ went to the cross, died the death we deserved, and consequently freed us from the penalty of sin by our faith in Him. The writer of Hebrews goes on to say that Christ "does not need daily, like those high...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 10 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/10/2017 7:22:02 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 10 (NKJV) A Wise Son and a Foolish Son01 The proverbs of Solomon: 00 A wise son makes a glad father, 00 But a foolish son is the grief of his mother. 02 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing 00 But righteousness delivers from death. 03 The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish, 00 But He casts away the desire of the wicked. 04 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, 00 But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 05 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; 00 He who sleeps in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-10-17, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/09/2017 7:50:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Is 40:1-5, 9-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;the rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of the LORD...