Worship

 
True spiritual worship is the recognition and reverence of God 
as the Lord of life. We bow down before God, we esteem Him, 
and we lift up His glorious name, individually and in large or 
small congregations. In our praying, singing, and work, we 
should worship the Lord with passion, devotion, and honest 
daily living. Worship is not a dull, lifeless ritual or routine, but 
a joyful experience of God’s presence.

During Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people sang
praises and spread palm branches in the path before Him. Some 
Pharisees told Jesus to stop His disciples from doing this. Jesus 
said that if His followers were to stop praising Him, the rocks 
would cry out (Luke 19:39-40 NIV).

However, God does not accept sham worship or vain repetitions. 
Worship means loving the Lord with our heart, mind, soul, and 
strength. Consider true worship as a way of life.


1. Exodus 4:29–31.

What moved the Israelites to worship the Lord? 
How can we worship God wherever we are?


2. Job 1:18–20.

How did Job respond to the news of the deaths of his children? 
What attitude should we have toward God in good times and bad? 
Why?


3. Isaiah 6:1–8.

Where was God in Isaiah’s vision? 
What message did the angelic beings express? 
What initial response did Isaiah make? 
What did he plead in verse 8?


4. Ezekiel 8:14–16.

Some Hebrews worshiped Tammuz, the god of nature. 
What were the twenty-five men worshiping, their backs to the temple? 
They made cakes of bread for the pagan Queen of Heaven 
(Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17–19, 25). 
What other forms of worship did they practice? 
Why was this wrong? How did God react?

5. Matthew 2:10–11.

Wise men journeyed to Bethlehem after Jesus was born, 
giving gifts to Jesus at His home, and they worshiped Him. 
Why do we worship Jesus? (Philippians 2:5–11).


6. Matthew 14:28–33. 
When Peter called out to the Lord on the water, 
what did he attempt to do? 
What distracted him and made him afraid? 
What did Jesus ask him as He reached out to rescue him? 
What was the response of the disciples?


7. Matthew 28:16–17.

When the disciples met Jesus 
before His ascension, what did they do? 
What was the reaction of some? 
How do we worship the Lord? Your answers will vary.


8. John 4:20–24.

What did Jesus teach the woman at the well about worship? 
What are the two vital elements of worship?


9. Colossians 2:18.

Paul warned against the worship of angels. 
What early tendency did men have with regard to worship? 
(Romans 1:25). 
Does this kind of worship continue to this day? 
Who alone is to be worshiped?


10. Revelation 5:13–14.

All creatures in the universe will worship God and the Lamb. 
The twenty-four elders represent all the redeemed who will 
worship. Share some worship experiences.


Postlude
 
When John Wesley was listening to the preface of Martin Luther’s 
commentary on Romans, he said he felt his heart “strangely warmed.” 
As you search through the Scriptures and discuss the questions in this 
book, or meditate on them at home, I pray that your heart will be 
strangely warmed, as well. And may these Bible studies help keep 
Jesus and your relationship to Him the central focus of your life.


From 102 Fascinating Bible Studies by Preston A. Taylor

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Pay-Back !!! Pedophile Who Assaulted Nearly 200 Kids Stabbed To Death In Prison

A convicted pedophile who abused almost 200 children was stabbed to death in North Yorkshire, England, on Sunday.

Richard Huckle, 33, from Ashford, Kent, was given 22 life sentences in 2016 after he admitted to sexually abusing 71 kids whose ages ranged from six months to 12 years between 2006 and 2014, according to the BBC.

The report said Huckle was attacked with a makeshift knife while inside his cell at the Full Sutton Prison.

At the pedophile’s trial in 2016, investigators said they found over 20,000 indecent photos and videos of his assaults, which were shared with other pedophiles via a site on the dark web called The Love Zone.

Reports said that prior to his arrest, Huckle posed as an English teacher and Christian volunteer worker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he groomed impoverished children.

In one of his online posts, Huckle reportedly wrote “Impoverished kids are definitely much easier to seduce than middle-class Western kids.”

Reports said he attempted to make money from his crimes by crowdfunding the release of the photos.

“Huckle also created a 60-page ‘how-to’ guide for other pedophiles seeking to evade being caught, and kept a scorecard and points system regarding the children who were abused — leading investigators to speculate he may have as many as 200 victims,” a Fox News report stated.

At his sentencing in 2016, Judge Peter Rook condemned Huckle for his heinous crimes he said had become routine for the pedophile.

Rook commented:

Your offending behavior became entrenched in your everyday life. Your life revolved around your sexual activities with young children. Your distorted beliefs in respect of children are deep-seated. Your self-delusion knows no bounds. It is also clear that, had you not been arrested, you planned to continue the same lifestyle using the expertise that you were keen to show off to and share with other abusers so as to continue your sexual exploitation of the children of such communities.

Reports said prior to his death, Huckle refused to cooperate with authorities when they tried to unlock a cache of encrypted files he had access to that may contain the names of victims and other pedophiles, according to Fox News.

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