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The Truth About Fear and Doubt

1ST PETER BLOG POST

Many of us may object to the old saying, "knowledge is power," because we don't feel very powerful. In fact, we may more often than not struggle to believe and implement what we know to be true. The struggle of fear and doubt is not something that is foreign to the Christian. If it were, then the encouragement we find in scriptures like 1 Peter would be unnecessary. In...

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Striving Towards the Prize

Hebrews Blog Post

Don't grow weary. Don't quit. Don't give up. Don't stop pushing towards the goal, the prize, the finish. Keep fighting. Run the race with endurance. And on it goes......

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Wrapping Up Faith

Hebrews Blog Post

This week we concluded our extended look at chapter 11 in the book of Hebrews. The famous "faith chapter," as it is known, has had much to teach us. In an attempt to "put a bow" on this section of our study, I want to briefly just summarize a few key points or important takeaways for us in regards to faith - what it is, how it works, and why it is so important to us as ...

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Abraham Skywalker???

Hebrews Blog Post

One of my favorite books of the Bible is Genesis and in particular from chapters 11 onward as we are introduced to Abram (Abraham). For the "uninitiated," Abraham's family is the Bible's equivalent of the Skywalkers in the Star Wars franchise (if you don't know what I am talking about, I just can't help you!). I say that partly in jest, but it's actually not a bad analog...

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Faith Like Gravity

Hebrews Blog Post

Over the last few weeks in our study over the book of Hebrews we have slowed down to reflect on various aspects of faith. We've looked at what faith is and how it is manifest in the lives of believers through examples that the author puts forward from the Old Testament. What has hopefully started to come into focus is that faith is far more complex than one would probabl...

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Simul justus et peccator

Hebrews Blog Post

"Simul justus et peccator." This Latin phrase was used by the great reformer Martin Luther to describe the tension that exists in the lives of every believer. It translates to "simultaneously justifed and sinner;" and it means that Christians live in both a state of freedom from the just penalty of sin, yet also in a state of human brokenness that still often leads us to...

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Assurance or Insurance?

Hebrews Blog Post

We'd all love to have assurance, but experience has taught us that it is elusive. One need look no further in history than this year to see how quickly our lives can be turned upside down by an unforeseen event like a global pandemic. Often times in life, we hope for the best, but we plan and prepare for the worst. This is touted as wisdom. To be human is to struggle f...

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The Struggle to Believe

Hebrews Blog Post

I think the Christian faith may be the simplest thing on the face of the earth. Jesus died for my sins so I can be forgiven. We teach this to our children in rhymes and songs so that they can recite it back to us. It's not a complicated formula. There's no elaborate rituals one needs to participate in. The gospel is simple and to participate in it is even simpler. We...

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The New Covenant in His Blood

Hebrews Blog Post

The New Covenant is the foundation of the hope that Christians enjoy. Jesus ratified this covenant by the shedding of his own blood. It is by his blood that we are made righteous, holy, and perfect before God. Through this alien righteousness that lies outside of ourselves and our own works, we are guaranteed a future inheritance in God's eternal kingdom. This is a tre...

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Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King

Hebrews Blog Post

The theme of the priesthood of Jesus is one of the most unique characteristics of the book of Hebrews. It is central to the argument that the author is making, and in many ways a unique contribution to the New Testament, but it is firmly rooted in God's messianic promises of the Old Testament. In fact, according to the scriptures, God's Messiah would fill three important...

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