Archive for December 2015

Ephesians 1:1-2

It’s time for a new book!  That’s always exciting.  I am not sure why we are staying in the New Testament.  Usually I alternate between new and old, so my brain must have not been working fully when I made this choice.  But, it must be God’s will, so here we go into Ephesians.  Ephesians…

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Hebrews 13:22-25

We have spoken much about the “writer of Hebrews”, referring to him in this generic way.  The truth is, we are not sure who wrote this letter.  Now at the end, the writer refers to himself in a personal way, but we still don’t know who it is.  For many years the Apostle Paul was…

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Hebrews 13:20-21

Every time I lead a graveside committal service I share this benediction as the concluding act.  This benediction is appropriate in such a setting for it speaks of the resurrection of the dead, specifically Jesus’ resurrection.  Christians are resurrection people and our lives are powered by the resurrection of our Lord.  The power of God…

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Hebrews 13:17-19

The last two exhortations in this list of final things the writer wants to say to his readers involves obeying Church leaders and praying for them.  When we think about the people we elect to Church council, and the teachers we appoint to teach our classes, and those who give leadership to our various ministries,…

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Hebrews 13:10-16

The writer of Hebrews says some very profound things about the death of Jesus on the cross in this reading today. First, he refers back to the Old Testament law.  The bodies of the animals sacrificed for the sins of the people were burned outside the camp (v.11).  Jesus, just like the sin offering, was…

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Hebrews 13:7-9

The next exhortation we encounter in Hebrews 13 has to do with the leadership of the Church.  Leadership in the Church is essential for the Church to do her work.  And so it followership!  Is that even a word?  Followershiip?  My computer doesn’t think so.  It keeps underlining it in red. When I say “followership”…

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Hebrews 13:5-6

This is a very interesting couple of verses – bordering on the weird.  Stay free from the love of money, for this will help you confidently say that the Lord is your helper.  Is there really a connection between avoiding a love affair with money and trusting in the Lord?  Well, Jesus did say that…

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Hebrews 13:1-4

The writer of Hebrews is beginning to draw his book to a close.  As he does so, he lays down a series of exhortations rapid fire, not spending too much time on anyone of them, but simply calling people to embrace the common ethical teachings that all believers hold since we have received them from…

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Hebrews 12:18-29

Jesus told the story of a wealthy man who set out a huge banquet and then invited everyone to come to it.  But many people came up with excuses why they could not come, and thus they never were able to attend the Master’s banquet after that (Luke 14:15-24).  The writer of Hebrews is making…

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Hebrews 12:12-17

I love the line in verse 12 of our reading – “lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees”.  That’s  a very picturesque way of describing a person, don’t you think?  This person almost seems to be in the act of falling down.  Why would a person have “drooping hands” or weak knees”? Well,…

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