Shame: A Biblical Perspective

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Shame may be defined as “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” One can also be shamed or put to shame by others, causing him to feel ashamed.

Shame has a very negative connotation in our society today. Many believe that children should not be disciplined or corrected for fear that they might be made to feel ashamed. Sin is tolerated and even celebrated so that those who practice it will not feel shame for their actions. Behaviors that were once kept secret because they were shameful are now proudly announced to the world.

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Holy and Reverend Is His Name (Sermon #33)

Holy and Reverend Is His Name (Sermon #33)

 
 
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Holy and Reverend Is His Name (Sermon #33)

We’re in between season 11 and season 12. During the break we’re posting audio sermons each week instead of the regular episodes. The sermon for this week was preached on June 10, 2018 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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The Proper View of Worship (Season 2, Episode 9)

The Proper View of Worship (Season 2, Episode 9)

 
 
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The Proper View of Worship (Season 2, Episode 9)

In John 4, Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman about, among other things, worship. He told her that God is seeking people to worship Him (John 4:23). Those who do worship Him, “must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). We often talk about worshipping in truth. That is, doing what God has said when we gather together to worship. Worshipping in spirit refers to our attitude and mindset. This is what we’ll focus on in this episode. How should we approach our worship to God? We’re going to consider 5 ways to have the proper view of worship:

  1. View worship as something special.
  2. Enter into worship with a prepared heart.
  3. Anticipate worship with gladness.
  4. Engage in worship with reverence.
  5. Worship God, realizing that He is worthy.

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The Psalm of the Word (Part 21): Reverence

The Psalm of the Word

Princes persecute me without cause,
But my heart stands in awe of Your words.

I rejoice at Your word,
As one who finds great spoil.

I hate and despise falsehood,
But I love Your law.

Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your righteous ordinances.

Those who love Your law have great peace,
And nothing causes them to stumble.

I hope for Your salvation, O Lord,
And do Your commandments.

My soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I love them exceedingly.

I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
For all my ways are before You.

(Psalm 119:161-168)

In this lesson, we will focus on the idea of reverence. If we fear God, we should hold His word in the highest regard. This will necessarily lead us to respond in a certain way toward His word.
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The Psalm of the Word (Part 5): Revival

The Psalm of the Word

Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall observe it to the end.

Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law
And keep it with all my heart.

Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.

Incline my heart to Your testimonies
And not to dishonest gain.

Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
And revive me in Your ways.

Establish Your word to Your servant,
As that which produces reverence for You.

Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your ordinances are good.

Behold, I long for Your precepts;
revive me through Your righteousness.

(Psalm 119:33-40)

“Revivals” are common in the religious world – assemblies conducted for the purpose of bringing people to Christ or leading a Christian to rededicate his life to the Lord. They are similar in some ways to “Gospel Meetings” that are more common among brethren, but notably different. The difference is rooted in how we understand this revival to be happening. The verses we will consider here are helpful in understanding how we can be revived.
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“Hallelujah!” – A Call for Praise or a Thoughtless Exclamation?

Man at Sunrise

We are used to hearing and seeing the word hallelujah as we read the Bible, sing spiritual songs, and listen to teaching from the word of God. I have also noticed this word being used with increasing frequency as a mere exclamation that one utters when something good happens to them.

  • We found a parking space close to the door – Hallelujah!
  • Our electric bill was down this month – Hallelujah!
  • It’s five o’clock and time to clock out and go home – Hallelujah!

Is this how we ought to be using this word? Does it matter? Let us consider a few things from the Scriptures.
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The Proper View of Worship

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

John recorded the occasion in which Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman. Among the topics He discussed with her was worship (John 4:19-24). He told her that God is seeking people to worship Him (John 4:23). Those who do worship Him “must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). We often talk about worshiping in truth – doing what God has said to do when we gather together to worship. Worshiping in spirit refers to our attitude and mindset. This will be our focus in this article. How should we approach our worship to God?
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