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Hebrews 6,1-3

Hebrews 6,1-3 notes “So, let us leave the state of infancy and be carried toward maturity, completion, not again laying the foundation of repentance from dead works and faith in God.”   We need to remember that the author of Hebrews is concerned that the people, whether in whole or in part, have become resistant [...]

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Hebrews 2:5-9

Hebrews 2,5-9.pages

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Hebrews 1:2b-c

Slides for our discussion on 2/21/2013 Hebrews 1:2b-c

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Hebrews 1:1-2a

Slides for Hebrews 1,1-2a. Hebrews 1,1-2a

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Hebrews :: overview

The following link is for the slides of my overview of Hebrews. Hebrews overview slides

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compromise

I have been reading alot of Ernest Hemingway lately. He had a great capacity for love and he loved greatly.  Sadly (to me), he took his own life in the end. Does love allow for such a compromise? What is love that we may know when we have compromised? This past week we opened our [...]

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Severe

In Amos 4 God says to Israel: “I left you with no bread, anywhere.  So scarce was the bread that your teeth were without need of cleaning.” “I did this hoping you would forsake a life lived apart from me.  I was hoping you would come to me.  But you didn’t.” “I stopped the rain [...]

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Un-me

On this march of life I find, Company of a certain kind. A kind that yields no form, nor state, Yet solid more than breath I take. Desire is the name. Choosing choices incessantly; Choices chosen to create Un-me. Un-me to be to enslaved by thee, This company I sense in me.   My will [...]

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Forever Never

Hell! Oh! What a word.  What a concept.  And who likes to hear of it? Anybody talk about Hell over coffee lately? Its not a subject we like.  But, according to the Bible, like death, it is something that applies to everyone. (And everything?) Well there I go.  The Bible mentions Hell (sort of).  Well, [...]

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Next

Well, here we are half the way through August.  Many of you will be returning to established routines that the Fall season of life brings.  Many of you will be returning to routines, though a bit different from last Fall.  And some of you will be moving simply from one season of the year to [...]

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Walls

“So I  hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after the wind.” Ecc 2:17 (ESV) The general fear of someone who is claustrophobic is that of being restricted, confined, or trapped. While not everyone goes into a panic attack while  in an [...]

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close

What if we have been given the Gospel in order to bring us down instead of up? What if we have been given the Gospel in order to develop similarities with the world instead of differences? What if we have been given the Gospel in order to bring us back to earth instead of away [...]

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bad eyes

“In  the days when the Judges ruled there was a famine in the land…” Ruth 1:1 (ESV) As we have noted in our study, the placement of Ruth after Judges in our Bibles is significant.  Not only because Ruth is of the same time period, but also, I believe, because the story of Ruth gives [...]

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chimerical

“…and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.” Ruth 2:3 (ESV) This portion of verse 3, as we noticed last week, is one of those allusions to the providence of God in the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz, though God, Himself, [...]

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(why[naomi)why]

“…so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.” Ruth 1:5 (ESV) C.S Lewis, in The Problem of Pain writes, “Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to [God]…” As we discussed last week in our first look into Ruth, there is no way to pinpoint [...]

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At Ease

C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain writes, “My own experience is something like this.  I am progressing along the path of life in my ordinary contentedly fallen and godless condition, absorbed in merry meetings with my friends for the morrow or a bit of work that tickles my vanities today, a holiday or a [...]

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Advent: Joseph the Just

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.” [...]

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Advent 1

“Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted” (Isa 52:13) If you didn’t know it, then, welcome!, we are in the time traditionally known in the Church as Advent. Now advent means: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. So for the Church, Advent [...]

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Exceptional

“…keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” (Jude 21, ESV) We are nearing the end of our look into Jude.  And as I have mentioned repeatedly, I believe that Jude is a book stressing the need to be humble before order; [...]

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Myopia

“But you must remember, beloved, the words of foretelling by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they spoke to to you, ‘In the last times there will be scoffers who follow after their own desire for ungodliness.” Jude 17, 18 As I have mentioned lately, there is a risk, I say, of reading [...]

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Ahhhhhh…so vulnerable :)

“[These are] wild waves of the sea…” (Jude 13) The imagery of wild waves is not to difficult to imagine.  But more importantly, the imagery I believe Jude has in mind here is not the vastness of the sea; not the clarity or murkiness of water; not the crashing waves against rock; not riptides; not [...]

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Just sticks

“Yet in like manner, these people people also, relying on there dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme glorious ones.” (Jd 8, ESV) Jude is a letter for maintaining order; to keep the message of the gospel in tact through the tumultuous waves of generations which incorporate different cultures, nations, philosophies, ideologies, and so [...]

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Feel Judas

“Beloved, with all earnestness being made to write to you concerning our common salivation I am obligated to write to you commanding to contend for the faith once and for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3) I suppose most of us would agree that a particular saying or word of instruction may be received [...]

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Finished

Jude 1 (NET) 1:1 From Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, wrapped in the love of God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” Ps 139:23 (Alone) (Seeking) You know what I [...]

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Memoir of a Former Sadducee

But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” Mt 22:29, ESV The power of God is, I believe , something (at least in our current finite state of affairs) that catches us by surprise. It can happen as fast as a thought.  It is as [...]

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In Subordination

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enetr the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18:3) In this passage and the forthcoming references to becoming children which follow, Jesus is calling us to accept and operate from the position or status of a child in society.  If we read [...]

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whatever

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Php 4:11, ESV, emphasis mine.) Whatever… (sigh…) Whatever… Whatever situation. What…ever…(a reference to any entity, event, or state.) Whatever = Any? Any entity… Any event… Any state… (God help me!) Now I know I should [...]

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efficacious execution

“…with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Php 4:6) James Houston in his work Joyful Exiles writes, “Hiding ourselves when the world tempts us to exhibit our selves is an effective way of ‘dying away.’ ” (p.35) I believe that the Christian life is death sentence. In a way, I would consider [...]

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robust repose

“But I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also hold of me.” (Php 3:12, NET) You were with me this morning Lord. I mean, I was aware of it. As I held my son. As he laid in my arms. As my arm was around him. As I ran my fingers [...]

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Now

“For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus…” Php 3:3. I am beginning to understand the gospel. I am beginning to understand God. All religions appeal to the mystical.  All people think of religion as eternal. All creeds have their language for the unseen. They all [...]

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At sometime…

“But you know Timothy’s proven worth…”(Php 2:22) So, I saw you yesterday. You were on your Harley. Your Harley wasn’t loud. Odd. It wasn’t clean. Hmmmm….. And I agreed with your sticker to watch out for bikers. You had the image but…….. something was different. Good grief! Who told you to leave the house dressed [...]

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Silent Worship

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning.” (Php 2:14) Yeah.  Right.  You got it Paul. Sure. No grumbling?  No complaining?  Uh oh.  I feel that tightness in my chest again. This is ludicrous.  This is unrealistic. My culture prides itself with freedom of speech. My culture expresses itself through its opinions. My culture seeks progress [...]

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I’ll take The Usual

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he [...]

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Redemption’s Reveille

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy…” (Php 2:1) You surpised me this morning, Lord. It was when I looked up and realized the leaves had crept up on me. You surprised me this morning, Lord. It was when I looked [...]

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my mentor :: my pleasure

“A disciple is not above his teacher, or a servant above his master.  It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.  If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.  So have no fear of [...]

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As always

“As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:20) As always, Paul says. As always. There is more, I’m sure,  wrapped in these two words [...]

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What then?

“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.” (Philippians 1:18) What then?  Hmmmmmmm…. What then? Paul, I do not think I can answer such a simple question. But my pulse is rising and my eyes are welling up, because your humanity, your [...]

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Security’s Overflow

“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.  Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1Co 15:17-19, ESV) Theologians and missiologists debate the [...]

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Called Out

“Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”  Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “By this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead for days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did [...]

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Tested

“After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here am I.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.’ [...]

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Death Cache

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the [...]

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Good

“He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes; my soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, ‘My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the LORD.’ ” (Lamentations 3:16-18) Lamentations is a book chronicling the grief of one who has observed [...]

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Partially Impartial

“The LORD within her is righteous; he does no injustice; every morning he shows forth his justice…” Zeph 3:5 Last week in Zeph 3:1-5 we observed the ways the Lord characterizes the leaders of Jerusalem. The officials are roaring lions who have seized their own people as prey.  The judges are evening wolves who operate [...]

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Unsatisfied Bride

“I will make you stop playing the whore…”  Ezekiel 16:41 Or put another way, “I will cease you from being a whore.” If we look back to Ex 31:12 we read, ” ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that [...]

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The Threat in Snow

The Threat in Snow Without a doubt, our brief look at Zephaniah thus far has been tough. But I, even ask myself now, “Why has it been tough?” I believe it has been tough because in the end my mortality is threatened.  I spend everyday making sure, in one way or another, that I care [...]

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Syncretism

syncretism noun: 1 the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought. 2. Linguistics. the merging of different inflectional varieties of a word during the development of a language. Ezekiel 7 proclaims the Day of the Lord as we have just begun to discuss in Zephaniah. We noticed that the earth [...]

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Playing Favorites

Jean Vanier, in his book Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John, writes: “Shouldn’t seekers of God be open and passionately interested in all that existed, in all that was human. Shouldn’t seekers of God be open and passionately interested in all that speaks of God and manifests God in creation, [...]

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Matthew 5:3-10

James Houston in his book Joyful Exiles writes, “In many of his works, Kierkegaard interprets three stages of human consciousness. The Christian has to grow through and overcome these stages in order to appreciate the divine relationship.  It is instinctual to be ‘aesthetic’–that is, to only live on the surface of things. We need to die [...]