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  Lord Worthy of Praise Luke 1:46-56 This song, used in our worship liturgy, is full of joy and praise because Mary recognizes that God has acknowledged the life of a simple girl living in a small place– who in the eyes of the world is a person of no consequence. But not so with God. Where God is concerned, everyone is of equal value. All this is very much in line with the picture of Jesus that Luke will show emerging as one reads through this gospel. It is a gospel where the poor, the weak, the marginalized, the outcast, and the sinful have a special place in the eyes of Jesus. This note will often be stuck in the preaching of Jesus - the humble will be exalted and the exalted will be humbled. And there are ‘beatitudes’ praising persons whose lot in this world is a hardship. The whole of history – who is victorious, who is downtrodden, is in the Lord’s hands. Mary’s response to the loving action of God is to give praise and thanks. She is the lowly servant who acknowledged the favor o

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  Lord Worthy of Praise Philippians 2:1-11 V9-10” Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”. In this passage, Paul exhorts the church at Philippi to be like-minded,  have the same love, and be one in spirit and purpose by setting before them the example of our Lord Jesus Christ. Being united with Christ was a prerequisite to achieving this unity in the church. v1-2 When we have accepted Christ as our personal savior, we are comforted by God’s love for us, demonstrated in the sacrificial death of Christ. We take the forgiveness offered to us for our sins and are assured of the hope of eternal life. We are encouraged to carry on with our responsibilities and to live out God’s will because of the righteousness that comes through faith in him. When we have fellows

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  Lord Worthy of Praise Acts  16:19  - 31 V25” 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them”. Every time we face a challenge in life, among the multitude of thoughts that flash through our minds, a fleeting thought would be, "Oh Lord, how did you allow this to happen to me." And in this context, if somebody advises us that our Lord is always worthy of praise, we may feel, "Ok, I agree! But I don't feel like praising Him today". In Acts  16: 25 , Paul and Silas went through one such episode of persecution when they got imprisoned for healing a woman with an evil spirit. But their response to this challenge is most surprising to me. Verse 25 says, "About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God." What a commendable response of faith to praise the Lord, undeterred by their circumstance or mental state! This teaches us one truth-Our Lord is always worthy of prai

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  Lord Worthy of Praise Exodus 15: 1-18 Exodus Chapter 15, verses 1-18, tells of the story of the children of Israel along with Moses singing praises to the Lord following their safe passage through the Red Sea. The ferocious sea hurls the chariots, horses, and the best of the Pharaoh’s army, while it offers a safe passage for the Israelites. While water is death for the Pharaohs, it is symbolic of life and salvation for the Israelites. In many ancient cultures and religions, inducing Hinduism, the ritualistic use of water for purification is a common practice. Followers of John the Baptist, known as Mandaeans, even today continue their religious practice called “Mandaeism.” A key feature of their faith practice is baptism, not as a onetime activity, but as a regular ritual for salvation of the soul. Here again the power of water as a source of transformation is obvious.  In this chapter, the God of Moses is also the God of his forefathers. It is an everlasting relationship and a legac

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    Lord Worthy of Praise Acts 16:19-30   In 1 Cor 14, Apostle Paul directs the hearers about their spiritual gifts and encourages them to choose the ones that do the most good. In vs 14-15 the apostle is posing the question, what to do when you are filled with the Holy Spirit and want to share your joy with others? Our response should be very similar to Paul’s: to pray with “your spirit and minds.” That means to sing praises to the one Lord, Who is worthy! Let’s praise Him with words that others can understand (vs16). May we be clear on why we are praising him. Let us not just mumble our words but be bold and clear about why we are praising the true Lord, moving others to know more about the attributes of our God and what He has done for us.    The Lord is worthy of our praise! We praise Him for who He is and for what He has done for us. God’s Holiness is revealed in both nature and in scripture yet he remains immeasurable. He is the Omniscient (All-knowing), Omnipotent (all-powerful)

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  Lord Worthy of Praise Acts 16:19-30 V. 25 –About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them   Every time we face a challenge in life, among the multitude of thoughts that flash through our minds, a fleeting thought would be, "Oh Lord, how did you allow this to happen to me." And in this context, if somebody advises us that our Lord is always worthy of praise, we may feel, "Ok, I agree! But I don't feel like praising Him today".   In Acts  16: 25 , Paul and Silas went through one such episode of persecution when they got imprisoned for healing a woman with an evil spirit. But their response to this challenge is most surprising to me. Verse 25 says, "About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God." What a commendable response of faith to praise the Lord, undeterred by their circumstance or mental state! This teaches us one truth-Our Lord is always worthy of praise

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  Journey with the Risen Christ Psalm 23 V. 4 – Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  This Psalm displays the great love and cares the Lord has for us. The main focus of this passage is in verse 4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me..” This verse reflects how even though our journey may be dark, the Lord is still guiding us and providing us with the strength and courage to face our biggest obstacles. 1 John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” God is our shield Through God, we are able to continue with His purpose. God is our shield by protecting us from succumbing to trials and tribulations. He is the light we hold in our lives to bring His good news to others and cherish it ourselves. God is our sword Through God, we are able to triumph over our probl