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President Bush's inaugural address focuses on freedom, friendship, and faith!


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Trial advocate Edwards could not defend Kerry against charges!


Who cares for the the 2nd victim!


Republicans are the political party for African-Americans and people of different ethnicities!

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“Worship Our Redeemer Seeking Him In Praise!" (W.O.R.S.H.I.P)

By Ramesh C.Reddy
Pittsburgh Standard

Friday, July 14, 2006

Editors note: This devotional is taken from the archives of Gospel of Mark, chapter 6.

Quiet Times (Psalm 14, Proverbs 14,  Mark 7:1-8)

“The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were "unclean," that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.(Mark 7:1-4, NIV)

“So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with 'unclean' hands?" (Mark 7:5, NIV)

“He replied, 'Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men." (Mark 7:6-8, NIV)


I asked myself who are the characters involved.

  1. Pharisees & Teachers of the law

  2. Disciples

  3. Jesus

I asked myself the role of the Pharisees and teachers of the law.

  1. They came from Jerusalem and gathered around Jesus.

  2. They saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were “unclean,” that is, unwashed.

  3. They asked Jesus, ”Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with ‘unclean’ hands?”

I asked myself the role of the disciples.

They were eating food with “unclean” hands according to the Pharisees and teachers of the law.

I asked myself the role of Jesus.

Jesus responds to the ‘Pharisees & teachers of the law’ with 7 rebuking statements against them:

  1. Jesus tells them the prophet Isaiah was right when he prophesized about them.

  2. Jesus says to them, ‘You hypocrites.’

  3. Jesus reminds them prophesy that states, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’

  4. Jesus reminds them prophesy that states, “They worship me in vain.”

  5. Jesus reminds them prophesy that states, “Their teachings are but rules taught by men.”

  6. Jesus says to them, “You have let go of the commands of God.”

  7. Jesus says to them, “You are holding on to the traditions of men.”

I decided to look at today the next two of Jesus' 7 rebuking statements: 

Jesus reminds them prophesy that states, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’

Jesus reminds them prophesy that states, “They worship me in vain.”


I asked myself what is significance of Jesus letting the Pharisees and Teachers of the law know, “These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.”

I felt Jesus was making a significant statement about worship. The Pharisees and teachers of the law were thinking they were worshipping God properly but to Jesus they were not. Jesus wanted them to know just because words come out of their mouth regarding God does not make their worship true because their words do not match their heart towards God.

Wow! That is a powerful statement to make! Jesus wants them to know honoring someone if our heart is not in it is the same as not honoring them at all. In essence, Jesus was telling them that they were not truly honoring God by their worship. To hit the point home, Jesus told them ‘they worship me in vain.”

I asked myself the significance of Jesus stating, ‘they worship me in vain.'

Jesus is letting them know that they are indeed worshipping but just because they are worshipping God does not mean their worship is genuine. Instead, Jesus states their worship is in vain. In other words, they may as well not have been worshipping God than going through the motions thinking they are honoring God by their words. Jesus wants more than people’s lip service and it starts with the heart. Jesus wants their hearts to be right and worship the Father in spirit and truth.

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23, NIV)

This is something the Pharisees and teachers of the law were not doing according to Jesus. Jesus wanted their words coming out of their lips acknowledging God to be in line with their heart towards God. When they are not, the worship is in vain.

I asked myself what is worship.

Worship can be singing songs to the Lord; prayer to the Lord; but most of all a personal sacrifice of our lives to the Lord in a spiritual sense. It means our songs, our prayer, and the way we live our lives when examined by the Lord has to show the Lord that our worship is genuine because our hearts are close to the Lord.

I asked myself why Jesus states, ‘their hearts are far from me.’

When people are doing things for the sake of ritual, going through the motions, or their devotion is misplaced in the wrong place. In those times, the Lord will feel that their hearts are far from Him even though they are worshipping. So, without worshipping the Creator from the heart in obedience to His Word cannot be seen as true worship.

Time after time God saw the people’s hearts far from Him because they were worshipping the created than the Creator. They were worshipping man made things than the One who made man. If there was one sin that Israel was gravely sinful of was the sin of idolatry. Their lips felt they were worshipping God when they were in essence worshipping idols from God’s point of view so their hearts were not with Him.


I saw important implications for my own life when it comes to worship. I need to be aware how easily our hearts can be far from God when we do things for the sake of motions, ritual, or if our worship is misplaced. Then, our worship becomes vain.

Idols is mentioned 172 times in Scripture! This is to show how seriously idol  worship is taken by Jehovah when the Israelis turned to other forms of worship. The Pharisees and teachers of the law were doing something similar according to Jesus. The sad thing is they would have known Scriptures and yet their hearts were far from God. These are some of the commands they would have been obeying if they followed God with their hearts and worshipped Him and Him alone.

“You shall have no other gods before me. "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God,…” (Exodus 20:3-5a, NIV)

" 'Do not turn to idols or make gods of cast metal for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:4, NIV)

 " 'Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 26:1, NIV)

“You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have provoked me to anger and thrust me behind your back.” (1 Kings 14:9, NIV)

"Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” (Jonah 2:8, NIV)

"Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak. Woe to him who says to wood, 'Come to life!'  Or to lifeless stone, 'Wake up!' Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.” (Habakkuk 2:17-19, NIV)

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:20-21, NIV)

"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:36-39, NIV)

It is interesting that ‘heart’ is mentioned over lips when loving God so our worship of the Lord should involve us loving the Lord with all our heart, all our soul, and with all our mind.’ This means total surrender and not keeping some of our heart, soul, or mind to do our own things.

I asked myself how our hearts can be close to the Lord when we worship Him.

I was reminded of Romans 12:1-2 which states, Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2, NIV)

Worship does not begin and end on Sunday. Sunday worship is a corporate act of worship when our hearts are turned towards the Lord. But, worship of the Lord should continue throughout the week by mediating on His Word, praying, praising, and the way we live our lives. It is not just about feel good songs but the deciding factor of true worship is whether it is geared towards the Lord or to make us feel good because we loved the song tunes, etc.

I ask you now dear friend how does the Lord view your worship?

Dear friend the Lord viewed the Pharisees and teachers of the law’s worship as being in vain because their hearts were not turned genuinely towards the Lord. Instead, they were following ritual, tradition, and whatever was coming out of their mouths. They were saying things but their heart was far from the Lord. This can happen to us too if we let our worship of the Lord just become a ritual, a checkout thing to do for the week, etc. This is not what Jesus sees as worship friend. Singing and praising the Lord with songs, music can be great when accompanied by our devotional to the Lord coming from the heart. This can only happen when we are obedient to the Lord and worship Him as He wants to be worshipped. We may think we are worshipping the Lord but the Lord can think it to be in vain when not done properly and in obedience with Scripture. We are to worship God and God alone and keep our eyes focused on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Keeping myself reminded of Romans 12:1-2 had made such an impression on me especially when it came to worship.

Friend, Jesus loves you so much and waits eagerly for you to come and worship. Yes, He does! Your worship can be like fragrance going to the Lord.

Won’t you do that friend?

Won’t you worship the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind in all you do.

You can do it friend! You can spend time in His Word, in prayer, and praising of the Lord as you seek Him and Him alone in your life. Let Him guide and lead you for He will! Yes, He will friend! I know He will! He loves you so much! That is exciting to know. Lord views your worship so you make it special by putting your heart close to the Lord and seeking Him to give Him all the praise, honor, and glory.

May you worship the Lord in spirit and truth! May the Lord see your heart close to Him throughout the week and not limit yourself to Sunday worship. May your first love be Jesus Christ and Him alone! May everything you do in life be a reflection of your worship of the Lord our God! Amen!

“Worship Our Redeemer Seeking Him In Praise!” (W.O.R.S.H.I.P)/”How does the Lord view your worship?”

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you so much for loving us so much. Thank you for dying for our sin and coming back to life to save us. Thank you for what I have learned regarding worship. There is so much more to learn and you will show it in your time. We are sorry for our sin especially when our hearts have been far from you and our words have just been words because heart towards you has not been a reflection of your heart. Forgive us Oh Lord for the glory and honor of your Name. Deliver us and bring us closer to you. May our life bring you honor and glory! May our lifestyle of worship everyday show others that you are Lord of all and there is no other. Thank you Jesus for you tell us that you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through you. You remind us not to worship idols for when we worship idols we cannot be worshipping you at the same time. Help us please not to be engaged in any type of idol worship but to give our bodies as living sacrifices to you Lord, holy and pleasing to you for that is our spiritual act of worship you want. Thank you so much Jesus. We entrust our lives to you and thank you for loving us so much! Thank you for hearing us and answering us! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

Make this your prayer. Don’t let the enemy deceive you into thinking you need all the answers before coming to Christ. Let me just assure you though you may not have all the answers right now before coming to Jesus, He will answer them slowly. Yes, He will for I know our Redeemer will! Amen!

Father God thank you, you love us so much that you sent your only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. I love you Lord. Thank you Father God for your Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus thank you for loving me so much. Thank you Jesus, you will take care of my problems. Nothing is too hard for you. For many of us Lord, we face many obstacles in life whether it be Spiritual, financial, marital, emotional, physical, or educational problems. We turn these problems and the prayer requests to you. Thank you Lord you never fail to answer our prayers. Just because we don't understand does not mean you didn't answer our prayers. Thanks Lord for cleansing us by your precious Blood. Please come into my heart Jesus. Please forgive my sins. Wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart. Thank you Jesus for making my heart, your home. Thank you Jesus for living in me. I will live for you Jesus and serve you the rest of the days of my life. I pray right now for the one who is so troubled that only your presence and love can meet them where they are at. Come Lord Jesus and please intervene in their life. Cover them with your awesome presence and help them through what they are going. Thank you Jesus as you saw the disciples in trouble and came to their rescue, you can come to our rescue too. We entrust our lives in your care. Thank you for the answer and you will carry us! IN YOUR NAME, I PRAY JESUS THANKING YOU FOR EVERYTHING. AMEN.

Friend you may feel something or may not feeling anything but do not go by your feelings. When you ask Jesus to come into your life, He will and does. He will take over from here as you depend on the Lord and let Him work in you and through you! This is exciting friend! May each one that came to know Jesus be filled with His Holy Spirit forever more and those that know Jesus come to know Him more and more! Amen!

Get yourself involved in a campus Bible study, fellowship, and most of all find a Bible believing church and be involved to grow in your Christian walk with the Lord. They all need to be supplements for your own precious time with the Lord in prayer and meditating on His Word. If you need a Bible, please let me know!

As the movie DaVinci Code opened across the theaters on May 19, 2006, which speaks against the church and most importantly degrades the Name of Jesus Christ, we need to make ourselves available to speak the truth to the falsity presented in the movie and the novel. If you plan to watch the movie or have read the book and have questions or your faith seems to be shaken, please email me or give me a call at 412-720-4579 so we can discuss the false claims in the book that are presented as fact even though the book itself and the movie is presented as fiction. May the Lord bless you and guide you!

If you need anyone to talk to, pray with, or study the Bible with this  Summer of 2006, you can email me at reddy4hisglory2004@yahoo.com or call me at 412-720-4579. Please do not hesitate. One-one Bible studies can be so powerful too because the Holy Spirit is still in the midst.

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

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How seriously do you T.E.S.T.I.F.Y to prophecy?  (Sept 01, 05)

Who do you P.O.I.N.T to? (Sept 02, 05)

"Will you take a S.T.A.N.D?" (Sept 03, 05)

How is your loving P.R.A.I.S.E? (Sept 06, 05)

"How do you handle T.E.M.P.T.A.T.I.O.N?" (Sept 07, 05)

"Who controls your T.I.M.E?" (Sept 08, 05)

"What kind of P.R.O.F.E.S.S.I.O.N are you in?" (Sept 09, 05)

"Whose T.E.A.C.H.I.N.G.S do you listen to?" (Sept 12, 05)

"What C.A.P.T.I.V.I.T.Y are you facing today?" (Sept 15, 05)

"Where do you need H.E.A.L.I.N.G?" (Sept 19, 05)

"Where do you need an A.N.S.W.E.R?" (Sept 20, 05)

"Where do you find S.O.L.I.T.A.R.Y time with the Lord?" (Sept 21, 05)

"Where do you want to be C.L.E.A.N?" (Sept 22, 05)

"What do you actions C.A.U.S.E?" (Sept 24, 05)


"What kind of F.R.I.E.N.D are you?" (Sept 26, 05)

"Where does P.A.R.A.L.Y.S.I.S take hold of you?" (Sept 28, 05)

"What are you thinking in your M.I.N.D?" (Sept 29, 05)

"What do you represent by your A.C.T.I.O.N.S?" (Sept 30, 05)


"Where do you look for A.C.C.E.P.T.A.N.C.E?" (Oct 04, 05)

"Who Do You I.N.V.I.T.E?" (Oct 05,05)

When do you F.A.S.T? (Oct 24, 05)

How do you see your L.I.F.E? (Oct 25,05)

"What kind of L.E.A.D.E.R are you?" (Oct 26,05)

"What does the S.A.B.B.A.T.H mean to you?" (Oct 27,05)


What are your N.E.E.D.S? (Oct 28, 05)


What is your I.M.P.A.C.T?  (Nov 01,05)

What S.P.A.C.E  do you give yourself? (Nov 07, 05)

"What has E.V.I.L done to you?" (Nov 08, 05)

"How is your R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.H.I.P with Jesus?" (Nov 14,05)

"Who will give God T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G because of you?" (Nov 25, 05) (Taken from Gospel of Luke)

"Where is your A.P.P.O.I.N.T.M.E.N.T in?" (Nov 29, 05)


"Where do you G.A.T.H.E.R?" (Dec 01, 05)

"How are your actions seen by your F.A.M.I.L.Y?" (Dec 02, 05)

"How do you handle S.L.A.N.D.E.R?" (Dec 03.05)

"What is your V.I.E.W of Jesus?" (Dec 28, 05)

"What are you doing with G.O.D.'S  W.I L.L?" (Dec 31,05)



"What do the P.A.R.A.B.L.E.S mean to you?" (Jan 04, 06)

"What kind of  F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L receiver will you be for Jesus?" (Jan 05, 06)

"How is your W.A.L.K with God?" (Jan 17, 06)

"What kind of L.A.M.P are you?" (Jan 18, 06)

"What do you C.O.N.C.E.A.L?" (Jan 25, 06)

"What do you do with what you H.E.A.R?" (Jan 26, 06)

"What do you do with the W.O.R.D of God?"(Jan 30, 06)

"What will you do with the S.E.E.D?" (Jan 31,06)


"What kind of  F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L receiver will you be for Jesus?" (Feb 05, 06)

MARCH 2006

"What kind of S.T.O.R.M.S are you facing?"  (March 11, 06)

APRIL 2006

"What does P.A.S.S.O.V.E.R  C.R.O.S.S mean to you?"  (April 13, 06)

MAY 2006

"What kind of P.R.O.F.E.S.S.I.O.N are you in?" (May 01, 06)


"Where is your T.O.R.M.E.N.T coming from?"  (May 15, 06)

"Where do you need  H.E.A.L.I.N.G?" (May 16, 06)

"What do people R.E.P.O.R.T about you?" (May 17, 06)

"Are you A.F.R.A.I.D of Jesus too?" (May 18, 06)

"Will you T.E.L.L about Jesus?" (May 19, 06)

"What do you do with your T.E.S.T.I.M.O.N.Y?" (May 20, 06)

"Will you G.A.T.H.E.R before Jesus?"  (May 22, 06)

"What place do you give P.R.A.Y.E.R in your life? "   (May 23, 06)

"Where do you feel U.N.C.L.E.A.N?" (May 24, 06)

"Where do you need F.R.E.E.D.O.M?" (May 25, 06)

"Who's T.I.M.I.N.G are you following?" (May 27, 06)


"Where do you seek W.I.S.D.O.M, in Jesus of the Bible or Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code?" (May 29, 06)

"What is your C.A.L.L.I.N.G?" (May 30, 06)

"Where is your I.D.E.N.T.I.T.Y?" (May 31, 06)

JUNE 2006

"Do you feel A.C.C.E.P.T.E.D?" (June 01, 06)

"How is your F.A.I.T.H?" (June 03, 06)

"What do you T.E.A.C.H?" (June 05, 06)

"Where are you S.E.N.T?" (June 09, 06)

"Where are you S.T.A.Y.I.N.G?" (June 10, 06)

"How is your Spiritual H.E.A.L.T.H?" (June 12, 06)

"What have people H.E.A.R.D about you?" (June 20, 06)

"What do you T.H.I.N.K about Jesus?" (June 21, 06)

"How do you handle D.O.U.B.T.S?" (June 22, 06)

When do you S.P.E.A.K out?" (June 24, 06)

"What has P.R.I.D.E done to you?" (June 27, 06)

What is your M.I.S.S.I.O.N? (June 28, 06)

"Where do you find your R.E.S.T?" (June 29, 06)

"Who is your S.H.E.P.H.E.R.D?" (June 30, 06)

JULY 2006

What kind of B.R.E.A.D do you eat? (July 03, 06)

"Whose C.A.R.E are you in really?" (July 05, 06)

"When do you P.R.A.Y?" (July 06, 06)

"What is the T.R.O.U.B.L.E you are facing?" (July 07, 06)

"What keeps you in F.E.A.R?" (July 08, 06)

"What causes your  heart to be H.A.R.D.E.N.E.D?:" (July 10, 06)

"What are you R.E.C.O.G.N.I.Z.E.D for?"  (July 11, 06)

"Who do you I.N.T.R.O.D.U.C.E to Jesus?" (July 12, 06)


"How do you view H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.S.Y?"  (July 13, 06)


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