HEBREWS 13:9-16 STEADFASTNESS (IN DOCTRINE), SEPARATION (FROM JUDAISM AND THE WORLD SYSTEM) AND SACRIFICES (OF PRAISE, OUR GOODS, AND GOOD DEEDS) II

  Last week we looked at steadfastness in doctrine and focused on the futility of religious rituals (for the Jews of that day) and self-effort for spiritual growth for all believers then and now versus the need for God's grace … Continue reading

HEBREWS 13:9-16 STEADFASTNESS (IN DOCTRINE), SEPARATION (FROM JUDAISM AND THE WORLD SYSTEM) AND SACRIFICES (OF PRAISE, OUR GOODS, AND GOOD DEEDS)

As we approach the end of this great epistle, the author is particularly speaking to the Jewish believers in Christ  in verses 9-16 but it has application for all believers as it applies to doctrines related to grace versus law, … Continue reading

BECOMING MEN OF THE WORD

I will never forget what Ken Boa said to me years ago about reading and studying the Bible. Immediately after he came to Christ and realized that the Bible was true – pure truth, ultimate truth, he changed his career … Continue reading

REVELATION 6:1-2 A SUMMARY OF THE MAJOR EVENTS WHICH TAKE PLACE DURING THE FIRST SEAL JUDGMENT OR THE FIRST 3 1/2 YEARS OF THE TRIBULATION

  January 2011 Dear Friends,  "I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was … Continue reading

ONE MORE NIGHT WITH THE FROGS – A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Christmas is about hope. "Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn." Jesus' first … Continue reading

HEBREWS 13:7-8 REMEMBER YOUR LEADERS, WHO SPOKE THE WORD OF GOD TO YOU. CONSIDER THE OUTCOME OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE AND IMITATE THEIR FAITH.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever Let's contextualize the messages of the past few weeks by emphasizing what the author of Hebrews is saying to us: He is telling us how to worship God (not in … Continue reading

HEBREWS 13:5-6 A QUESTION OF AFFECTION – DO YOU LOVE A PERSON (THE LORD) OR POSSESSIONS?

"Keep your lives (character, lifestyle) free from the love of money (from covetousness) and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never (never, certainly not, not at all, by no means) will I leave you (not to … Continue reading

THE BLESSED HOPE – THE BEATIFIC VISION – BEHOLDING GOD FACE TO FACE

Dear Friends,             "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,  looking for the blessed hope … Continue reading

HEBREWS 12:28-13:4 HOW TO “OFFER TO GOD AN ACCEPTABLE SERVICE WITH REVERENCE AND AWE” – LET LOVE OF THE BRETHREN (BELIEVERS) CONTINUE

"Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.  Let love of the brethren … Continue reading

HEBREWS 12:18-29 “FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE, A JEALOUS GOD”

GREATER PRIVILEGE (THE GOSPEL VERSUS THE LAW) CALLs FOR GREATER RESPONSIBILITY The Lord warned His people to fear Him and keep His commandments with an awesome display of His power at Mt. Sinai when all the people of Israel heard … Continue reading

REVELATION 6:1-3, PERSONAL (TEMPORAL) PEACE – THE IDOL OF MAN AND THE BAIT OF SATAN – THE CALM (FALSE PEACE) BEFORE THE STORM

Dear Friends,                                                                         "As long as they [Americans] can have these things [personal peace and affluence], they will give up anything!" (Francis Schaeffer – 1912-1984) Before we begin our study of the tribulation (God's wrath and judgment) let's review what we have … Continue reading

HEBREWS 12:12-17 GOD DISCIPLINES US FOR OUR GOOD, SO THAT WE MAY SHARE HIS HOLINESS

RECEIVING AND GIVING GOD'S LOVE & TRUTH BY HIS GRACE  The author of Hebrews continues his exhortation to these suffering (10:32-34) and weary believers whom God is training in holiness through trials and hardship (12:3-11) so they and we can … Continue reading

HEBREWS 12:3-11 GOD DISCIPLINES US FOR OUR GOOD, SO THAT WE MAY SHARE HIS HOLINESS

Joni Eareckson Tada, after suffering 43 years as a quadriplegic, is now "in the fight of my life."  Recently she has suffered "jaw-splitting pain" for several years and just as it let up she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast … Continue reading

HEBREWS 12:1-4 “THEREFORE, LET US RUN WITH ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US. FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS”

"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance (perseverance) the race that is set before … Continue reading

GENESIS 22 AND HEBREWS 11 – “TAKE NOW YOUR SON AND OFFER HIM THERE AS A BURNT OFFERING.”

"He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead." As we continue our study of Hebrews 11 and particularly the faith of Abraham, we learn a valuable and essential lesson in Biblical faith; that we must … Continue reading

REVELATION 4-5 – HOW OUR VIEW OF GOD IN HEAVEN AFFECTS OUR LIFE ON EARTH

  Dear Friends,                                                                             Our view of the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) as seen in this powerful vision given to John should lead us to worship Him and serve Him only, as Jesus said to Satan in … Continue reading

HEBREWS 11 YOU HAVE NEED OF ENDURANCE (PATIENCE) – THE PATIENCE OF FAITH

   "For you have need of endurance (patience) so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised." Heb.10:36 "Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious … Continue reading

HEBREWS 11:7-10 AND HE WENT OUT, NOT KNOWING WHERE HE WAS GOING

  [‘If there is true faith, there will be consequent actions. The writer now launches on a lengthy section in which he shows the variety of actions that can accompany faith, depending on the circumstances which an individual faces. The … Continue reading

HEBREWS 11:1-6 “NOW FAITH IS THE ASSURANCE/SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE CONVICTION/EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN.”

  Biblical faith is not just theology but the power of God to create a new life (a born again person) and to give us power over sin to know, love and obey God. In the first ten Chapters of … Continue reading