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PostSubject: A Meaningful Focus...   Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:31 am

Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise! John 2:13-16

Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover feast. Entering the temple, He detected something going on that shouldn't have been. The focus should have been on His Father. Instead, He found a marketplace. Money changers busily converting money from festival attendees into temple currency, making a healthy profit in the exchange. In addition, merchants were selling animals and doves for sacrifices at greatly inflated prices. Jesus was indignant.

What should have been a celebration honoring His Father had become a money-making scheme for temple personnel. What should have been a meaningful act of worship for even the most impoverished person had become a painful expense. Even worse, God was being ignored in a celebration to His honor.

Jesus made a whip of cords and drove the offending moneymakers out of the temple. What does Jesus see in our worship? Where is our focus as we sing, pray, and give our offering?  Is our focus on God or more on the building, the form of worship, or on how we appear to others? Are we taking time at all to worship our Creator like He so deserves?

Insight: Worship is not a formal procedure but the expression of a relationship that is full of personal meaning. How meaningful is your worship?

Dear Lord, Forgive me for being so busy that I forget about You. Even when I find the time to go to church service or to worship You in my own quiet time my mind still drifts onto other things. I know this is not right. Quiet my heart Lord, help me to worship You daily as an expression of our relationship that is full of meaning. In Jesus' Name, Amen

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PostSubject: Re: A Meaningful Focus...   Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:51 pm

Sounds a lot like modern day Christmas festivities, so commercial.

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PostSubject: Re: A Meaningful Focus...   Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:52 am

57belv wrote:
Sounds a lot like modern day Christmas festivities, so commercial.

Yes Chris...absolutely. The meaningful focus of Christmas has (for the most part) been lost to commercialism...no doubt. For the world, it's all about making money. That's an excellent comparison of a present day celebration that has lost it's true meaning. I think Jesus needs to "clear the temple" again!

Most people can't even say Merry Christmas now. Sadly, to be politically correct "Happy Holidays" has taken over. Many years ago, athiests came up with "merry x-mas" to cross out Christ! Many use it to this day in ignorance. I did too, before I received Christ as my Savior. Crying or Very sad Thankfully, there's still a remnant of true Bible believing Christians left to worship God...in spirit and truth at Christmas and year round. Watch out though when we're all gone. Perhaps this will be sooner than we think? Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: A Meaningful Focus...   Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:32 pm

It's really very sad how commercialized how Christmas has become. It's all about in the stores of purely just making money. And for the most part, people have done the same; buy this, buy that. That's all what people think about is buying. I think people have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas for the most part; about the birth of Jesus Christ. My neighbor has a bumper sticker that says "Keep Christ in Christmas". I hope others have seen that besides me, and that it may open up people's eyes to the real meaning of Christmas.

I don't think that the true Bible-believing Christians will go non-existent; I have seen when I go to Church that the Christians who have young children bring them along to Church, teaching them about God. Then the older ones I've seen are speaking of the Bible and God out loud to others; and it doesn't look like a phony act to please their parents either, cause I seen them doing this even when they're not around their parents, and it looks like they are speaking of the truth also and not putting on an act.
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