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The Word of God In Church

 

Luke 24:28-35

(v.32) “They said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

What of Today’s Verse…

Another thing that brings about a changed perspective when we make our way to the house of God is the reading and exposition of the Scriptures.  I make this statement on the assumption that the Scriptures are expounded in your church, for, sadly, in some congregations this is not so.  In the days of the psalmist, of course, they did not have the Bible as we know it today, but the portions of the Word of God that they did have they recited and meditated upon.  How many times have you gone to church feeling confused about God’s dealing with you, only to find that as the Scriptures are opened your view of God and life changes, causing you to leave refreshed and reinvigorated?  Calvin put it like this:  “As the elderly, or those with poor sight can hardly make out the words in a book, but with the help of glasses can read clearly, so Scripture crystallises ideas about God which had been very confused, scatters the darkness and shows us the true God clearly.”  You could, and should, read the Scriptures at home, but there is something special about hearing the Words of God expounded in churches.  Merely to hear a well-known text spoken by someone who emphasises a word which we might not emphasise, can strike us in a way that adds new meaning to it.  Do you have a jaundiced view of God and life at this very moment?  Go to church on Sunday, to a Bible-believing church, and expect God to speak to you from His Word.  I have it on the highest authority that He will.

Let us Pray:

Father, forgive me for taking for granted the revelation that flows from Your Word — whether it comes privately or in church.  From now on, whenever I am “talked to” by the Scriptures, help me to recognise it and to receive it with gratitude.  Amen.

Words of Wisdom

FAITH

I have faith in God for the perfect outcome in my life and in the world.

The abundance of God’s love nourishes my faith.  Filled with the love of God, I express my gratitude for the goodness of all people.  I give thanks for loving friends and colleagues who enfold me with love and support in all situations.

With faith in the perfect outcome, I take every challenge to God in prayer.  In the silence, I hear the still small voice within my heart, and my faith is rejuvenated.  As I celebrate the experiences that have caused me to call forth greater strength, my deep and abiding, faith overflows in every area of my life.
Stepping out in faith, I place my life, my world in God’s care.  With God, no challenge is too large and no task is too daunting.  My faith in God knows no limit.

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” —1 Corinthians 13:2,

 

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