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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. The book of James is a very practical book. James was Jesus’ brother and one of the elders of the church in Jerusalem. He is writing to his brethren who were under his care but now have been dispersed because of persecution. So this a survival

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A reflection to consider

“Jesus substantiated his claim to be the Son of God by performing the miraculous. Diseases were healed, the blind were given sight, even the dead were raised. It would have taken a first-century onlooker with a very hard and unbelieving heart to deny the source of Jesus’s miracles. That’s true today too. Skeptics discount the

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James 2

James in this text helps us understand that faith is more than believing that something is true. No! Faith is a belief that will cause one to act. The classic example that James gives is of the demons, there is no doubt in their minds that God exists but that belief does not cause them

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James 1

I like this article on this text and I thought I would share it as my post today. “William Barclay wrote, ‘In order to attain Christian maturity and holy conduct, it is essential to have a firm foundation. The Believer must be able to stand with confidence. He dare not be pushed down by trials.

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Galatians 6

Two words jumped out at me “weary” and “give up!” I have seen Christians do both over the years, they become weary and they give up and it is very sad. In classical times the word was used to describe how a bow is ‘unstrung’ when the archer was through using it. People can get

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Galatians 5

Paul in our reading reminds us that we enjoy freedom under the new covenant but that does not mean we are free to live as we please! Paul says if I live according to the flesh, some text read “sinful nature” but a better translation would be “flesh,” I will find myself in opposition to

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Galatians 4

Paul in this chapter continues to show the Galatians they were no longer under the Law. Paul takes the story of Abraham and compares Abraham’s two sons to the two covenants. What is interesting is that Paul also connects the physical city of Jerusalem to the old Law and thus the importance of the city

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings of the past week. I often think about what Paul said in chapter 2 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son

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A reflection to consider

[Jesus said,] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” (John 15: 1) “Jesus’s image of the vine illustrates the intimate connection he wants with his followers. This teaching sets Christianity apart from other religions. No other faith offers its followers a personal union with its founder. The Buddhist does not claim

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Galatians 3

Paul in this chapter presents a very powerful argument! Paul refers back to the promise that “all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you (Abraham).” A promise that could not be fulfilled by the Law because the Law was only given to the Israelites. For Paul noted that the Law that came along

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Galatians 2

Paul makes the point that salvation does not come by obedience to the Law but through faith and grace!! This faith is not just about believing Jesus is the Son of God – but a faith that will motivate us to be “crucified with Christ.” A faith that would move one to shift the focus

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Galatians 1

Paul notes that some were now teaching a different gospel. Some in the churches of Galatia had begun to teach that for the Gentiles to be saved had had to obey the Law and be circumcised. They had taken this wonderful gospel of grace and perverted it. What always strikes me in this chapter is

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Hebrews 13

The writer as he concludes this powerful letter reminds us to stay faithful to our calling as we serve our Lord. He reminds us that it is our Lord that will provide and equip us to serve Him! So often we look at our skills, resources, and opportunities to determine our service to the Lord.

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Hebrews 12

As we read this chapter we are faced with a powerful “therefore!” The writer has built his case and it is a powerful one. I challenge you as read this chapter to step back and hear what the writer is telling us. Keep moving forward, whatever you have to face might be hard as you

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. One of the major themes that we have encountered in our readings is the superiority of what we have under the new covenant compared to the Law. The point has made a number of times that since what we have is so wonderful we should be

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A reflection to consider

On the day of our salvation it was like we entered the on-ramp to the freeway of true life—God’s freeway. For some of us, we searched for the on-ramp for years. Perhaps in our search we tried various wrong on-ramps that led us down many a dead-end street. Or maybe we tried to fashion our

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Hebrew 11

This chapter called the roll call of faith put on full display what faith looks like in action! Of course, that is the point that the writer is making – faith is about trusting God and acting to do His will. These men and women drew a line in the sand and were God’s servants

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Hebrews 10

After the writer of Hebrews has built his case that the salvation we have in Jesus is truly superior to the old Law, he declares a very scary warning! He declares that if we continue to deliberately keep on sinning no sacrifice of sin is left. It is not simply ‘sin’ that threatens to disrupt

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Hebrew 9

The writer of Hebrews now presents his most powerful argument why they should follow the new covenant and Jesus and not the Law. Forgiveness! For the writer helps us understand that true forgiveness ONLY comes through the blood of Jesus! He is the key and answer, for He is the seed of woman that would

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Hebrews 8

The Hebrew writer made the case when he quoted Jeremiah 31:31-34, that what Jeremiah had prophesied 600 years before Jesus has now come true. A new covenant had now arrived and it was by far superior to the Law of Moses! Under the New covenant Jesus is both our High Priest and King, like Melchizedek.

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