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11/13/19: Hebrews 11:17-31; Psalm 111:1-10; Proverbs 27:13

Hebrews 11: 17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[ 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner

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11/12/19: Hebrews 11:1-16; Psalm 110:1-7; Proverbs 27:14

Hebrews 11:1  Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  I had always considered this verse the “definition” of faith but after reading several commentaries I agree that, as commentator Dr. Thomas Constable wrote, “Hebrews 11:1 describes faith rather than defining it.” And what a description!  In Greek the

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11/9/19: Hebrews 9:11-28; Psalm 107:1-43; Proverbs 27:11

Psalm 107: 23 Some went out on the sea in ships;     they were merchants on the mighty waters. 24 They saw the works of the Lord,     his wonderful deeds in the deep. 25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest     that lifted high the waves. 26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;     in their peril their courage

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11/8/19: Hebrews 9:1-10; Psalm 106:32-48; Proverbs 27:10

Hebrews 9: 9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order. When I read the section from Hebrew 9 today I was reminded of

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11/7/19: Hebrews 8:1-13; Psalm 106:13-31; Proverbs 27:7-9

I found it interesting that today’s reading included passages from Psalm 106 that traced the history of the nation of Israel.   It is certainly important that as believers we read this history for God’s plan of salvation flows through each page.  Plus by studying the Old Testament we have a fuller understanding of the New

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11/6/19: Hebrews 7:18-28; Psalm 106:1-12; Proverbs 27:4-6

Proverbs 27:  4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,  but who can stand before jealousy? The wisdom of this little verse caught my eye today.  Anger is often directed “outwardly” towards another person(s.)  But anger is most often a rapid-fire emotion and will calm quickly.  Not so jealously  … jealously is inwardly directed, self-centered  and long-lasting.  Jealously destroys

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11/5/19: Hebrews 7:1-17: Psalm 105:37-45; Proverbs 27:3

As you are reading were you thinking a thought that I was — “Why is there so much focus on this Melchizedek?”   It may be a bit difficult for us to understand because we are not Jews and are not immersed into Jewish history as were the first century Jewish converts. Jewish converts were being tempted

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11/4/19: Hebrews 6:1-20; Psalm 105:16-36; Proverbs 27:1-2

Personally, sometimes I may need to be reminded of the immensity of the power and authority of God.  As I read today’s passage from Psalm several expression caught my eye and heart.  The expressions were the action verbs expressing what the Lord had done for Israel.  No  external help was needed — He just did:

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11/3/19: Hebrews 5:1-14; Psalm 105:1-15; Proverbs 26:28

Hebrews 5:  11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone

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11/2/19: Hebrews 4:1-16; Psalm 104:24-35; Proverbs 26:27

Hebrews 4: 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[e] just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. If you are like me when I think

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11/1/19: Hebrews 3:1-19; Psalm 104:1-23; Proverbs 26:24-26

Hebrews 3:  2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was

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10/31/19: Hebrews 2:1-18; Psalm 103:1-22; Proverbs 26:23

Gracing most families is a special bond that keeps them caring for one another regardless of the miles they are apart, regardless of the time that passes and regardless of their individual changing priorities.  Being a member of a family helps make all members “special” to one another. The author of Hebrews describes how this

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10/29/19: Philemon 1:1-25; Psalm 101:1-8; Proverbs 26:20

Unfortunately how many times have you witnessed a very minor disagreement or misunderstanding spread into a full-blown destruction of a relationship?  And quite often the growth of the disagreement may not initially even involve the participants — another person or persons may be the catalyst.  Relationships among believers  are precious and the destruction of one harms

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10/28/19: Titus 3:1-15; Psalm 100:1-5; Proverbs 26:18-19

Psalm 100:  1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2     Worship the Lord with gladness;     come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God.     It is he who made us, and we are his;     we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving     and his courts with praise;     give thanks to him and praise his name.

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10/27/19: Titus 2:1-15; Psalm 99:1-9; Proverbs 26:17

In today’s reading Paul continues to give Titus strong advice.   Today’s instruction it is centered around what Titus should teach the body of believers — including older men, older women, young men, and slaves. The fundamental tenant in teaching these categories is very simply stated for Titus and for today’s church leadership as follows: Titus

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10/26/19: Titus 1:1-16; Psalm 97:1 – 98:9; Proverbs 26:13-16

During a Thursday night Bible study that Bill was teaching the question of  “when did God put his plan of salvation & eternal life into place” was raised.  Among other scriptures the answer is given by Paul in our reading today — “before the beginning of time:” Titus 1: Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of

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