Pastor Tim Romero

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Mark 11:15

Mark 11:15 (ESV): "15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons."

Nothing angers God more than when His house is converted to a worldly flea market. It's not to be a networking opportunity or an elevator pitch gathering, but a place of worship where God's people come to glory in the greatness of our King. Beware when it is made into something more or something less!

After Jesus entered Jerusalem with the cries of Hosanna He immediately went to the Temple and became enraged by what He saw. The religious leaders had reestablished the marketplace that Jesus had already once torn down. He once again becomes indignant with what His house has become and begins flipping tables and driving out merchants saying, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers."

The modern-day church can easily turn into a marketing machine for the pastor's new book or the worship team's latest album. Worse yet, it can become a marketplace for the parishioners to offer their goods or services. If we are offering more than Jesus and gathering for some other reason we are in the same condition as the Temple was in here. May our gatherings be concerned on and dedicated to God alone. May we seek to give Him the worship He deserves and not seek to offer what we have to sell. Always. Only. Jesus. Amen?

Father, we thank You for showing us the desire of Your heart for our gatherings. We are to keep the main thing the main thing. That is Jesus. Help us to never make it about anyone or anything else we pray in Jesus' precious name, amen, and amen.
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