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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Mitt Romney is back in state politics, this time in Utah instead of Massachusetts. However, conservatives in The Beehive State aren’t exactly warming up to the 2012 Republican standard-bearer quite the way many people expected they would.

After finishing second in votes at the state GOP convention, Romney will now face a primary in his run for the Senate seat being vacated by Orrin Hatch, Fox News reported.

At the convention in West Valley City on Saturday, Romney polled just behind state lawmaker Mike Kennedy.

Kennedy captured 50.18 percent of the delegate vote compared to Romney’s 49.12 percent.

That means the two will face off in a primary on June 26 to determine who will represent the GOP this fall.

Romney, the first Mormon to head a major party ticket, is considered an extremely popular figure in Utah and was widely expected to have an easy path to the upper chamber.

In a hypothetical matchup with Democrat Jenny Wilson, at least one poll showed Romney up by 46 percent. That’s, uh, slightly more than the margin of error.

However, among party loyalists, Romney isn’t exactly viewed with unalloyed fondness.

The 2012 presidential nominee was always known for being decidedly moderate, particularly on issues of immigration and global trade. There was also the fact that he ran a campaign so bumbling that it almost made Michael Dukakis look good.

And then there was Romney’s war of words with Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, which likely led many to perceive he secretly wished Hillary Clinton would take the Oval Office.

Trump would later consider Romney as a secretary of state pick, although how serious the president-elect was about appointing him is something we’ll likely never know.

While your average Utah Republican is unlikely to let these slights affect their vote, hardcore party activists probably don’t want another RINO who isn’t exactly known for his rapport with the president in the upper chamber of Congress, no matter how famous he may be.

For his part, Romney tried to put a good spin on the humiliation.

“I’m delighted with the outcome. Did very, very well,” he told KSTU. “On to a good, important primary ahead. This is terrific for the people of Utah.”

Dude, you just lost to a guy nobody has ever heard of. However, Kennedy was happy with the results, and unlike Romney, he had good reason to be.

“I’m a candidate with a compelling life story and a unique set of life circumstances I’d like to use to serve the people of Utah,” Kennedy said.

I have no idea what that story or those circumstances are, but I think the key point here is that he’s not Mitt Romney. If he wants to win, that’s pretty much what he should be focusing on. I can see the billboards now. “Mike Kennedy: Not Mitt Romney.” “Mike Kennedy: He didn’t borrow Ward Cleaver’s haircut.” “Mike Kennedy: Because Utah deserves a senator whose favorite food isn’t buttered noodles.”

Utah’s electorate tends to be less conservative than convention-goers, so it’s unlikely that Romney won’t be the GOP nominee for Senate. However, that’s not a 100 percent certainty — and it wouldn’t be the first time he’s lost to a Kennedy.

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