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Difficult Doctrines and the Importance of Being Good Students of Scripture

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You will always find me cheerleading for Bible literacy. I can't overemphasize the importance for each and every believer to be not just a reader of scripture, but a genuine student who approaches the scriptures with a desire to learn and understand. When we avoid or ignore the areas of scripture that challenge us, then we leave ourselves susceptible to being "tossed to ...

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United to Christ in Suffering

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Who among us can't relate to feeling that way? It is in the midst of our own sufferings that we most need to be reminded that we are united through faith to the Suffering Servant. Jesus, "in whom the whole fullness of [God] dwells bodily" (Colossians 2:9), was unlimited in his power. We want to experience that kind of power in our own lives. For most of us, we use what...

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Letters to my son (Week 5) This is how we know

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If only we could think like God. Imagine if every one of your thoughts was holy, every motive pure, and every idea good. If you could think like that then your thoughts would only result in a perfectly holy life as well. In other words, you wouldn’t sin if you thought like God. If we want to be righteous like Him then we must be willing to change how we think. ...

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Jesus: Life-Giving Savior, Empathetic High Priest, and Reigning King

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Being a Christian can, in many ways, feel as if you live in two drastically different realities. When we read in scripture, we are confronted with all of these powerful exhortations and beautiful truths of who we now are in Christ...loved, redeemed, adopted, guarded, holy, chosen, reconciled, blessed, etc. But then we close our Bibles, leave the comfort of our favorite r...

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Pay Attention

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In this week's passage from Hebrews, the author warns us to pay attention. He says, "we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it." So, what does he want us to pay attention to? How does paying attention protect us from drifting away? And what simple practices can help us to become better at focusing our attention where it should ...

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Jesus is God

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The author of Hebrews wastes little time getting to the heart of the matter. In fact, the entire first chapter is aimed at immediately establishing for his audience the supremacy of Christ. Your ESV translation likely even contains the section heading, "The Supremacy of God's Son," at the beginning of chapter 1. But, what do we mean when we say that something or someone...

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Letters To My Son (Week 4) - Jesus Changes Us

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Like father, like son. That’s an old saying people use to point out that sons, more often than not, turn out to be like their father. That reality may excite or depress you, but that’s beside the point. The reason that saying is often true is that we all tend to imitate those who take care of us. We pick up both their good and bad qualities as we’re figuring out...

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Jesus 2.0???

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In this week's lesson, Cody asked us the question, "What is the object of your faith?" If you profess to be a Christian, then you likely know that the answer to that question is, obviously, Jesus. The problem is, a lot of different people who would claim to fall under the banner of Christianity would likely present to you many different descriptions of Jesus...who he is,...

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Letters to my son (Week 3) - Jesus Saves Us

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Knowing the ins and outs of God’s plan of redemption is a beautiful thing. The meaning and significance of that Gospel have been taught and shared around the world for centuries. It’s no wonder— understanding how and why Jesus did the things He did can be incredibly inspiring to think about. However, merely being captivated by the story of Jesus doesn’t neces...

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Welcome to Hebrews!

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This Sunday we’re starting a new teaching series through the book of Hebrews! There’s always something special about the first Sunday of a new study. Gathering on that first Sunday always renews an excitement in my heart to teach God’s people. However, this weekend feels a little awkward though doesn’t it? Here we sit in a stay-home order that’s sure to last...

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