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Whatever Is Praiseworthy – Sat – 21-05-01



Have you ever saved the best for last? I often do this when eating. I’ll save the slice of toast with jam at breakfast, or the second helping of something delicious for the last thing I eat. This ends the meal with a good taste. Believe me, I don’t save back brussels sprouts in this way!

As we finish our focus on whatever is praiseworthy, I’ve saved the best for last. If you want to understand the definition of praiseworthy then think about God. Look at what he has done in creating the world! Marvel at his grace and love in sending Jesus to restore us to a right relationship with him! Break out of the rut of focusing on your daily routine and see his hand providing and caring for your needs! When we understand God’s action and character we should erupt in applause and praise!

In fact, this is the root of our purpose in life. In Ephesians 1, the concept of praise to God appears repeatedly. God’s saving work results in praise of him. This is echoed in 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) where it says we are chosen by God so we “may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

As we focus our thinking on the positive things of life, be sure that focus includes God.


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Whatever Is Excellent – Fri – 21-04-23



Have you ever been around sports fans who were discussing a recent game? Die-hard fans will often discuss their team, the games, reports of the locker room and more. If fans have a good team with a superstar, they will often recite the stats of the star player and relive the exciting plays made in recent games. Fans have such enthusiasm for their team! They declare how excellent their team is, whether in conversation, wearing apparel or affixing bumper stickers to their cars. I’ve even seen fake tiger tales hanging from cars on the freeway. The owners were fans of a team whose mascot was a tiger.

This reminds me of our purpose in life. According to 1 Peter 2:9, God chooses people to be his so that we can declare the excellencies of God. The word excellencies, sometimes translated praises, is the word we have focused on this week. Like enthusiastic fans, we should be talking about God’s qualities and actions. We should be sharing about the biggest victories of all – the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus – as well as about the answers to prayer and his hand in guiding the events in our lives. We must have enthusiasm to declare how great God is.

Of course, like sports fans, we can’t talk about him if we don’t tune in to see what is happening. Are you looking to see what God is doing in your life?


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