Tag Archive: Hebrews

Mar 09

Two words that can give meaning to life and death

Two words There are two words from the Bible that challenge how we view life and death. In the New Testament people who follow Jesus are called pilgrims on this earth and citizens of heaven. We are pilgrims and citizens. How we think about these words determines how we face death and how we find …

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Feb 05

Judge not and you shall not be judged. What does this mean? Is it possible?

Judge not and you shall not be judged A verse that many people quote but fewer can find in the Bible is “judge not and you shall not be judged.”  The usual reasoning behind their quotation is that we should never criticize anyone and no one should criticize us. If we keep this ethic, when …

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Jan 16

Do you interrupt your schedule and move quickly to serve someone else or to obey God… like Abraham did?

Usually we move at our own pace People who have rank or are in authority usually get to set their own pace. Most of us have some time each day when we are free to organize and plan our lives. Abraham moved quickly to serve It was in the afternoon, a hot afternoon, and Abraham …

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Apr 01

What does Jesus want to find when he returns to the earth?

The widow and the corrupt judge Jesus told a story about a corrupt judge and a widow who wanted justice. The widow wins her case not on its merits but by wearing down the judge with her persistence. (Luke 18:1-8) The parable seems unlikely for two reasons. In the passage before Jesus talks about the …

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Feb 16

Are there some things too evil for Jesus to heal?

Uncleanness in the Hebrew Scriptures In the Hebrew Scriptures there are many regulations about uncleanness. Why are they there? Some say that they address hygiene issues but that does not explain all of them. Some say that they are basically arbitrary…do this because I told you. That doesn’t seem to explain them either. (Leviticus 14-16; …

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Jul 02

My Theological Problem From Fifth Grade

My Theological Problem From Fifth Grade From the first grade until halfway through sixth grade I attended Trinity Evangelical Lutheran School in the Bronx. I can still remember a theological problem that confounded me in the fifth grade. We were studying Hebrews, chapter 11, and I could not understand how “The Just Shall Live By …

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Apr 02

Jesus is the consummation of the prophets, priests, and kings

The Prophets When I was in seminary one of the professors referred to the prophets as God’s relief pitchers. They were called in to meet needs, usually when things were not going well. They came from different regions of the country and different tribes. Some like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel were lifelong prophets. Some …

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Apr 01

What if you knew the future when you were 26 years old?

Josiah the boy-king Josiah began his reign as king of the Jews about 635 years before Jesus was born. He lived 350 years afer King David. The history of God’s people followed the fortunes of kings who followed God and those who ignored the covenant given to the Jews through Moses. Josiah began to reign …

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Mar 14

Followers of Jesus must be fruitful

Jesus knew that the time of his death was near Jesus knew that His hour had come as He approached the final night with His disciples. He washed their feet as an example of humility. He then told them that one of them would betray Him. He told them that He was leaving and that …

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Mar 03

God promised Abraham a great name.

The God of Abraham In the Scriptures, God is referred to as the God of Abraham over a dozen times. He was not ashamed of that name and used it Himself when He called Moses to free His enslaved people from Egypt. (Hebrews 11:16; Exodus 3:6, 15, 16; 4:5). When God called Abraham and told …

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