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Hebrews 9 | Clearing Your Conscience

When reading a book like Hebrews, it is very important not to let the chapter divisions break the flow of the text. Hebrews was written as one communication, and at times the chapter divisions can interrupt the train of thought. This is never clearer than when reading chapters 5-10. This entire section of scripture is best understood when read together and, when that is done, a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ as our high priest begins not only to appear…

Hebrews 7 | High Priest Forever

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20 Many of us have spent time in dentist offices getting repairs done to our teeth. We don’t realize how much we need our teeth until we start losing them! I recently cracked a tooth…

Hebrews 2 | How God Did It!

Around 2,000 years before Jesus Christ came, a man named Bildad asked a question:“How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?” (Job 25:4). This question would haunt the human race for the next 2 millennia. During that time, the nation of Israel would be born. The law would be given at Mt. Sinai. Then would begin the cycle of chronic disobedience, receiving the covenant curses, crying out, and restoration until finally…

I Thess. 5 | Like A Thief In The Night

For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 No other event has captured people’s attention like the second coming of Christ. Countless books and articles have been written on this topic. It has been discussed and debated from pulpits, Sunday school classes, television programs, and the list goes on. Denominations and non-denominations have debated the events surrounding the second coming of Christ. What is not…

“Pass the Salt Please.”

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:2-6 There is an ‘infamous’ campus preacher by the name of Brother Jed who has been preaching on campuses all over America…

Philippians 3 | Straining Forward

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in…

Eph. 6 | Readiness for Battle

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Eph. 6:13 “Now the true soldier of Christ must always be prepared to do battle for the truth, and must never, so far as lies with them, allow false convictions to creep in.” Origen Several years ago, my daughter and I watched The Princess Bride. At the time,…

Ephs. 4 | Building Up in Love

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16 As human beings, we love to build things. In the construction industry, (I work in construction materials), I see it every…

Galatians 5 | Has Anyone Hindered You?

“You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?”   Galatians 5:7 In an NFL football game on Thanksgiving Day, 2013, a strange event happened that would go down as one of the most bizarre plays in NFL history. The Pittsburgh Steelers were playing the Baltimore Ravens in the Thanksgiving Day evening game. It was midway through the third quarter and the Steelers trailed 13-6. Pittsburgh kicked off to the Ravens and the Ravens kickoff return specialist Jacoby…

Counting the Cost

In a small village located in Colombia’s Pacific coast jungle, we awaited the arrival of a king. Our team’s excitement could not be denied that God had chosen us to preach the gospel for the first time in history to the Epena Pedee tribe. But, the tribe had a king. He sent us a message saying they had enough gods already and we were not welcome. We went anyway. When the king arrived, his countenance revealed he was not happy.…