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Hebrews 13:1-4

December 7, 2015

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…

Hebrews 12:18-29

December 4, 2015

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…

Hebrews 12:12-17

December 3, 2015

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,…

Hebrews 12:3-11

December 2, 2015

Discipline.  Nobody likes it, but everybody needs it.  The term discipline is often used synonymously with the idea of punishment.  And though discipline might include punishment at times, there is much more to it than that.  Discipline means that a person has been held accountable to a certain standard that, in the end, makes him…

Hebrews 12:1-2

December 2, 2015

Hebrews 11 was filled with great examples of very faithful people.  When we talk about them and ponder their lives, what should happen?  Our reading today tells us that we should be moved to live great lives of faith ourselves!  And he mentions several very specific aspects of the Christian life that should come into…

Hebrews 11:32-40

November 30, 2015

The life of faith can empower the Christian life!  According to our reading today, it can enable us to do two things.  It can quicken us to experience great victories, and it can enable us to survive great suffering.  It is easy to focus on the first one and sort of ignore the second.  As…

Hebrews 11:23-31

November 28, 2015

“He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt” (v.26).  Moses threw away being the king’s son so that he could find his identity with God and His people.  That’s an amazing act of faith!  As a man of faith, Moses wanted God more than he wanted the “fleeting pleasures of…

Hebrews 11:17-22

November 27, 2015

Do you expect great things to happen in your future? Do you look forward to what God is doing in your life, or are you anxious and fearful that only difficulty in trouble await you?  Our passage today reminds us that the person living in faith in God is filled with an undying optimism in…

Hebrews 11:13-16

November 25, 2015

This is an incredible passage that shows just how future-focused faith is!  People believed God for a great life.  And most of them did not get it in this life.  And they were ok with that because they were really putting their hope on the future life that goes beyond the few years we have…

Hebrews 11:8-12

November 24, 2015

One of the results of living in a faith relationship with God is that this world takes on a different meaning for us.  Abraham was willing to live in tents, in a foreign land, because he was not looking for all his desires to be fulfilled in this world, but in the world to come,…

Hebrews 11:4-7

November 23, 2015

In his discussion of what faith in the Christian life is all about, the writer throws us three examples of how faith works, and what it does.  Let’s take a look at these three and see what they can tell us. Able had faith in God, and this moved him to offer the kind of…

Hebrews 11:1-3

November 20, 2015

The book of Hebrews opens with a definition, a definition of faith.  Furthermore, the writer explains to us why faith is important. Then, thirdly, he gives us a basic illustration of faith at work in a person. So let’s look at these three things. What is faith?  The writer explains it by comparing it to…

Hebrews 10:32-39

November 19, 2015

Dwelling on the past is not always good nor is it something to be done overly much. But sometimes looking back at a past event, especially an event that was a very positive and very heroic, is helpful for the Christian as we live life today. The writer of the book of Hebrews calls upon…

Hebrews 10:26-31

November 18, 2015

The word of God is given to us for our comfort and encouragement, but it also serves to shake us up when that is our greatest need.  Our reading today is a shaker!  The writer has been telling us that we have Jesus, who is the perfect one, given to us to deliver us from…

Hebrews 10:19-25

November 17, 2015

Where does high-powered theology lead us?  Do the things we believe actually make a difference in our lives.  Notice what we get to do, get to enjoy and are called to do because Jesus has made a new and better way for us to be saved. We are clean!  People who are plagued by guilt,…

Hebrews 10:11-18

November 16, 2015

Waiting for something is usually not all that much fun.  There is something in the human spirit that wants things now.  We don’t like to wait.  But it seems as though the believer is a professional “waiter”.  We are waiting for the salvation that we have now tasted of to come to us full and…

Hebrews 10:5-10

November 13, 2015

When the writer of this book wants to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus really is from God and that his death on the cross really was the perfect sacrifice that truly removed sins from all those who believed on him, he would turn to the Old Testament and begin quoting verses…

Hebrews 10:1-4

November 12, 2015

Our reading today tells us that the Old Testament sacrifices were a constant reminder of sin (v.3).  Every time an animal was killed the obvious question was “why are we doing this”?  The answer – “We have sinned, and those sins require some sort of payment or compensation.”  Not only were the people reminded that…

Hebrews 9:23-28

November 11, 2015

The Jewish people had been living life based on the Law for a long, long time.  This had gone on for some 1400 years.  That is quite a habit to have in your life.  And now Jesus comes along and changes things.  He fulfills the Law, completes it, and then points His people to a…

Hebrews 9:15-22

November 10, 2015

There is the good news and there is the bad news.  Which do you want first?  Ok, let’s start with the bad news.  When a person commits a sin, and we all do, that sin becomes a reality in the world.  It is as though it pops into existence and just hangs over us like…

Hebrews 9:11-14

November 9, 2015

The Old Testament Law had animal sacrifices as part of it’s worship ordinances.  The idea was that a human being had sinned, and so someone had to pay.  That someone was the animal.  But can the death of an animal really cover the fact that man has violated God’s will and has become utterly sinful.…

Hebrews 9:1-5

November 5, 2015

The Old Testament people of God had very specific directions on how they were to construct the Tabernacle, in which God would be worshiped and sacrifices for sin would be made.  Our reading today reminds the reader about the way the Tabernacle was made.  There was no planning committee, no changing of the plan, no…

Hebrews 8:7-13

November 4, 2015

Jeremiah 31:31 is the passage to remember.  Jeremiah 31:31 is one of the key references in the Old Testament that enables us to understand God’s plan of salvation.  Hebrews 8:8-12 is a word for word quote from Jeremiah 31:31-34.  What this passage says, in essence, is that the Old Testament Law was never intended to…

Hebrews 8:3-6

November 3, 2015

Did you know that the Old Testament Law, with it’s sacrifices, was not the real thing? Our reading today in Hebrews tells us that these earthly aspects of the Law, including the sanctuary, the priesthood, the altars, the sacrifices and so forth, are all simply a copy of the real thing up in heaven.  When…

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