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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect on what we have read this week. The book of Hebrews makes two very important points. The first is that Jesus and new covenant is truly superior to the old Law! The second is there is an ever present danger of drifting away from this amazing salvation, so we

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A reflection to consider

[Jesus said,] “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it” (John 11: 4 NIV). “Sometimes life is hard. We know God is always at work in us, but our circumstances often leave us scratching our heads. What is God up to

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Hebrews 6

The Hebrew writer makes it very clear – we can lose our salvation if we we become lazy and do not remain faithful to our calling! “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you

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Hebrews 5

The writer of Hebrews had spoken strong words against his readers. First, he said, You’ve been Christians long enough to be teachers, but you still need instruction in the ABCs. They should have been able to pass on their basic understanding of the Christian message to others. Instead, they needed a good review of the

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Hebrews 4

In this chapter the Hebrews writer lays out what we need to make it to the Promised Land. First we need a guide for this journey – the Word of God. This word will show us the way and convict our hearts in the process so that the process of transformation is on going. Second

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Hebrews 3

In this chapter the Hebrew writer says that our Christian walk is like (a type) the journey the Israelites made for 40 years as they traveled towards Cannan. They broke away from Egypt and became a nation when they passed through the Red Sea, just as we broke away from the world and became part

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Hebrews 2

The Hebrew writer reminds them and us that if we become lack in our Christian walk, we are in danger of drifting away. What a powerful picture! Picture if you will this painting – a cabin by the edge of the water where all who are inside are safe, warm, and happy. Then off in

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect on what we have read this week. Our Lord kept His promise and against all odds Paul did have the opportunity to witness about Jesus in Rome. We now have begun to read Hebrews a letter written to Hebrew Christians that have faced hardships because of their faith and

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A reflection to consider

The first century shepherd who began a journey with a flock of sheep met many obstacles along the way, some of which could prove fatal to his charges. We twenty-first century sheep are likewise on a long trek. Our journey too is filled with dangers along the way: health issues, troubled relationships,famine, the threat of

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Hebrew 1

This chapter shows us that Jesus is both Creator and savior! The writer of Hebrews wants his reads to know from the very beginning that Jesus is second only to the Father Himself in glory, power, and honor. Moses was a great man in the eyes to whom this book is addressed but Jesus is

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Acts 28

When Paul arrived in Rome he wanted to meet with the Jewish leaders to explain why he was charged and sent to Rome to face the Emperor. The leaders had not heard from Jerusalem about Paul, but they had heard about this sect called Christianity and they wanted to know more. As Paul had done

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Acts 27

This chapter is an amazing chapter for many reasons! The detail of this journey makes you feel like you are on the ship. Here the fourth “we” section of Acts appears, indicating Luke accompanied Paul across the Mediterranean and could, therefore, give us an eyewitness report. The expedition was under the command of Centurion Julius

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Acts 26

“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”  Jesus when He encountered Paul told him that when he persecuted Christians, he was persecuting Him! Just think we are so closely connected with Jesus that when we suffer because of our proclamation of faith, Jesus takes that

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Acts 25

Festus was sent by Nero to succeed Felix as procurator of Judaea, probably in the autumn  A.D. 60. Paul was summoned before Festus and asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem; but the apostle, knowing full well the danger that lurked in this proposal and conscious of the rights he possessed as a

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect in what we have read. Paul this week had an opportunity to testify before the Jews in Jerusalem and the ruling Roman authorities in the region. These have not been easy years for Paul, but all that is unfolding is being used by God to spread the gospel! The

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A reflection to consider

“People go through life trying to find the doors of security, significance, and satisfaction, but they never do. Be honest with yourself. Are you secure in who you are, what you have, where you are going? Do you feel significant? Are you giving your life to things that matter and make a difference? Are you

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Acts 24

Who is this Felix? He was originally a slave and for some unknown service was freed by Claudius Caesar. He was appointed by this emperor procurator of Judea, probably  A.D. 53. He was the husband of three queens or royal ladies (he had 3 wives). Tacitus in his History declares that during his governorship in

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Acts 23

Our Lord told Paul that he would testify about Him in Rome as he did in Jerusalem. I wondered if Paul had any idea how that was going to take place? Here he was in Jerusalem in chains and there were men that hated him so much that they vowed to kill him! How does

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Acts 22

The scene in our reading is worth noting, the very steps that Paul now stood as he made his defense – is the very spot Jesus stood on when He heard the crowd yell “crucify him!” They both had the same view of Jerusalem, they saw the same look in the face of their countrymen,

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Acts 21

In reading this chapter this time I was struck by the detail that Luke recorded the journey to Jerusalem! Luke could have just told us that they left the elders of Ephesus at Miletus and sailed on to Caesarea but he described the journey to us in such a way you knew you were reading

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