Holy Land Day 3 – True or False

imageI had the best of intentions to post each day on our trip to the Holy Land, but REALLY bad internet connections, and super busy days seemed to win out.  Since it was such a valuable experience I’ve decided to go back and post a few quick articles to summarize the trip.  I might blend a couple together but I want to share the experience and encourage those who may consider a trip someday to definitely do so.

Each day has held a theme and today’s theme was true or false worship.  There are many people that are very sincere in their worship; the problem is they are sincerely wrong.  What is the difference between something that is true and something false?

God has given His people very specific guidelines for true worship.  Believers must worship in Spirit and in Truth, so it is imperative that worship is done according to God’s plan not our own, no matter how that “feels”.

God has provided His word, the Bible, as the guide for how we are to worship.

If your church gathering is more concerned about pleasing people than it is about preaching with authority the word of God you may want to dig deeper into what is true worship.

When Jesus took his disciples up to Caesarea Philippi to reveal Himself to them, He took them to the center of pagan worship, the place pagan’s believed a cave was the entrance to the gates of hell.  Jesus shows His disciples He is the source of true worship.

Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

Matthew 16:15-16 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.  And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

In ancient times and in modern times, those that depart from God’s commands for worship are either punished or chastened, having worship done correctly is a matter of life and death and Jesus took them to this region to show them the difference.


I’m thankful today

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

I spent today away from my family in Cincinnati, OH.  It’s not a bad place to be, but I would certainly rather be home.  I miss Jen, I miss the kids and I miss my church family, as I think about them all gathering together today.

As I’ve heard said many times, “absence makes the heart grow fonder” and I believe that.

The Lord has blessed me with more joy and thankfulness than I could ever imagine.  I’m most thankful for the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  He bore the wrath of God so I could be declared righteous in His sight.

What a gift and what a reason to give thanks and worship Him on this Thanksgiving Day.

I enjoyed a wonderful time with some friends today.  They welcomed me into their home and showed me much love and generosity.

I greatly appreciated my friend Rob’s comment as I left, “I look forward to spending eternity with you”.

What a great thing to consider, that all Believers will spend eternity with one another, enjoying fellowship with the saints and worshiping Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:8-10 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.  For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.

Happy Thanksgiving