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I read the small print at the bottom of my Bible as I read in Deuteronomy 4 that there wasn’t a word for “religion” in the Old Testament. Worship was an attitude of the mind or was an act of adoration and not ritual.

Sometimes our attending church or “worship” services becomes an act of ritual instead of an act of adoration. I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes (if I’m honest, most times) I go because of the ritual. It is what I, as a Christian, do. I do it because that’s the way I was raised.

 Instead, I need to go to adore the Creator of the universe and the One who took the punishment for the sins I have committed.

As I go to church next Sunday, I should say, I’m going to the adoration service instead of worship service.

Deuteronomy 4:19-20 (New International Version)

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 19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. 20 But as for you, the LORD took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.

Footnote:

I’ll start posting the NIV version. This is what I found:

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