Words from the Heart for Friday January 10th, 2020

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Exodus 20:5-6 (NIV)

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Worship God Alone

McDougall United Church is the original and oldest Protestant congregation in Alberta. The church was named after an early Methodist missionary by the name of Rev. George McDougall who arrived in Edmonton with his wife Elizabeth, in 1871. Construction of the first church building was completed in 1873 and a second building built in 1892 helped to accommodate the growing congregation. The current sanctuary was built in 1910 and seated 2,000 people. At the time, Edmonton had a population of 20,000.

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In the human sense, jealousy is a bad thing. We see others having more than we do and we want what they have. We wish we were as good looking, or healthy, or that our relationships could be as happy and fulfilling as theirs appear to be. But, there is another meaning to the word jealous. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, jealous means “to be extremely careful in protecting someone or something.” This is the meaning of the word used in Exodus 20:5-6, when God says, “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” God cares deeply for us. He knows that when we worship anything or anyone except Him, we will never know the peace and joy that comes from walking with Him in faith. He will go to great lengths to draw us back to Himself. He is jealous for you. Turn your heart back to the Lord.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley