When John the Baptist came on the scene at the start of his public ministry, he preached a gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sin. He knew that in order for people to experience God’s kingdom on earth as it was in heaven that there were some rough folk that needed smoothed, high and mighty that needed humbled, lowly who needed to be lifted up, and crooked lives that needed straightened. The same
We have heard it said, “Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us.” But the Bible teaches us much differently. Our words can bless or curse, heal or destroy, give life or bring death. Zachariah uses intentional words of promise to sing over his son, John the Baptist. These words laid a foundation of peace for John’s faith to form and to prepare him to point others to Jesus.
Deep down in each of us is a yearning or a longing for home. No matter how good we might have it in this life, we realize that this world is not as it should be and we long for something more. We might even say that we are homesick for it. Advent is a reminder that God has planted a seed of eternity in everyone’s heart and the closer we get to celebrating Jesus’ birth the more we realize that this hope is always among us.
When faced with extreme pressure, one must keep what is truly important before them. The author of Hebrews wants us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. His sacrificial love compiles us to be like him and love our neighbors as we love our selves.
In the season of thanksgiving as we gather around those we love, let us not only give thanks to God for our many blessings but let us soberly acknowledge the pri
One look at the names of the Old Testament Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 shows that there were some pretty incredible people who did some extraordinary things. But a deeper look would reveal that each of them also had backstories that would have disqualified them from even being on this list. The truth is that they were imperfect ordinary people just like you and me. It’s just that, by faith, they offered themselves to God and were used in a ti
These three elements are the glue that holds a congregation together through rough times. And Christ's Church is the locus of where we are to grow in them. As we gather weekly for worship, we practice our faith as a means of being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see is real. So let us grow in faith, hope, and love together and not give up the habit of meeting regularly for worship. Come, Be Fed, and Be Sent!
Not only was Jesus’ blood a much better offering than that of animals, but the human heart is a much better tabernacle than one made by human hands. We as Christians contain the Holy Spirit and are each tabernacles of the living God. If this is true, then the implications for the church of how we worship and where we do mission are huge!
When something becomes obsolete, it is usually because the manufacturer has come up with something new and improved to replace it with. The same was true with the covenant that God made with Abram years ago. After the Law was sent, it was obvious that God’s people couldn’t live up to the rules and regulations it provided for holy living. So, God made a new and better covenant with us but this time His Son, Jesus, would satisfy the conditio
Melchizedek was a high priest in the Old Testament, who would have been easy to miss the significance of if we didn’t dig deeper. Closer look, however, tells us that not only was he a high priest of the Most High God, he was also a foreshadow of Jesus Christ who was to come. Curious? Check out this past week’s sermon.
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The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that Jesus alone, over anything or anyone in the created order, was able to fill the role of our Great High Priest. As a sinless person, he was able to serve not only as the Great High Priest, but as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all humanity. And if Jesus’ spirit lives in each of us, then there is a role for us in his priesthood as well.
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