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Hebrews 3:7-19: The Trouble with Unbelief Print E-mail

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Our lives are shaped by what we believe. Every day we make a thousand decisions based upon our belief that something will or will not happen. We turn the key in the morning believing that the car will start (and believing that someone did not secretly hide a bomb in the engine). We go to work believing that we still have a job. We work all week believing that we will get paid at some point. We text and call and schedule lunch with friends and family members believing that they will continue to love us. We turn on the TV, log on to the internet, unlock our cell phones, believing that they will entertain us or connect us. We believe and so we act. Unbelief shapes us as well. We do not believe that our car will blow up. We do not believe that our job will refuse to pay us. We do not believe that our friends and family will ignore or abandon us or that our technology will fail us. Yet, what happens when our belief or unbelief is wrong? What happens when life and experience teaches us to believe what is false and deny what is true? What happens when persecution tempts us to look for an easier path? In particular, how do we fight against unbelief in the gospel?

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 October 2016 )
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Hebrews 3:1-6: Jesus is Greater than Moses Print E-mail

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I am a very slow, deliberate shopper. I will not buy hardly anything without researching it first. I will look around at the different brands. I will compare features and prices. I will go on Amazon and read reviews (way too many reviews). And then I will think about it some more. I am pretty certain that it drives my wife crazy. Why do I shop this way? I am slow because I want to be certain. I have made large purchases in the past and realized quickly that I made a mistake or that I could have gotten a better deal. I don’t like that feeling. So now I try to do all that I can to keep that from happening. I want to be slow and deliberate. I want to take time to consider.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 October 2016 )
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Hebrews 2:10-18: Jesus Suffered to Save Print E-mail

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For the past couple of weeks, I have chosen a Christmas song to be part of our corporate worship, even though we are still in September. I have done this for a couple of reasons. First, as I shared last week, the theology in our Christmas hymns is too good to only sing once a year. Second, the author of Hebrews teaches about the incarnation of Jesus in Hebrews 2. Just as the first chapter points to the deity of Christ, so the second chapter points to His humanity. The author demonstrates how Jesus became a human and fulfilled God’s role for humanity which is outlined in Psalm 8 (see 2:1-9). At the end of his exposition on that Psalm, the author states that Jesus is crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone (v. 9b). Jesus became a man and suffered in our place on the cross. But we might ask at this point: Why was that necessary? Why did Jesus have to become a man and why did He have to suffer and die? Why do we celebrate His incarnation each year in December? The author goes on to answer these questions in our passage this morning by giving us several descriptions of why Jesus took on flesh and suffered at the cross. Let’s consider these together.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 October 2016 )
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Hebrews 1:5-2:9: Jesus Is Greater Than Angels Print E-mail

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Yesterday’s faith will never be enough to save us. No one who fails to persevere in their belief in Jesus as Savior and Lord will make it to glory. Heaven will not be populated with people who ‘had a religious experience’ when they were young and lived the rest of their lives for themselves and for their sin. These are statements that make us uncomfortable. Yet, they are at the heart of the message of the book of Hebrews. The author is writing to some Jewish Christians who are being tempted to return to Judaism and abandon their faith in Christ. Over and over again he warns them to not make that horrible mistake. Why? We must persevere in the faith because it is necessary for salvation. One of my commentator’s writes: “The NT nowhere teaches that an initial acceptance of the saving message is sufficient without perseverance in faith. We must not drift from the faith or neglect our great salvation.”1

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 September 2016 )
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Hebrews 1:1-4: The Greatest Revelation Print E-mail

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Jesus Christ is better than anything or anyone in all of creation. Nothing compares to our Savior. No one is greater than Him. If I offered each of you two gifts this morning, in the first was a dollar bill and the second contained a check for one million dollars, which would you choose? What if I offered you two cars, my green truck or a new Lamborghini, which would you want? Or maybe two vacations, one a week in a tent out behind the Church or one on a beach in Hawaii, which would you choose? It is not hard to figure out which one of those is better than the other. We see the value of a million dollars over one dollar, or a Lamborghini over my old green truck, or a trip to Hawaii over sleeping in a tent out back. One is clearly greater than the other. The author of Hebrews wants us to see that Jesus is greater than all. He is better than anything or anyone.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 September 2016 )
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Psalm 61: A Prayer from the End of the Earth Print E-mail

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We are exiles on the earth, longing to finally and forever dwell with our God. We don’t always feel like exiles. We can get pretty comfortable in our life here on this planet. But then suffering hits, maybe through a battle with sin or death of a loved one, and we are painfully reminded that this is not our home. We are not meant to dwell in enemy-occupied territory. We are meant for God. We are meant to dwell with Him forever, sheltered by His glorious presence (Revelation 7:15). But until the Lord returns and takes us home to dwell with Him, we continue in our exile here on the earth.

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 September 2016 )
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