Hebrews

Here is a great letter. We don’t know who wrote it, but it is full of the greatness of Jesus Christ. Using the themes of Old Testament priesthood and sacrifice, this letter explains what God has done for us by sending Jesus. This is a theme we find in the writings of Paul (Colossians 1) and John (John 1), but here it is expressed most excitingly for people with a Jewish background.
Hebrews is also written for Christians who are being persecuted for their faith. It tells them that Jesus also suffered and knows how life is for them. It lists the heroes of faith in the past, and describes them as a ‘great cloud of witnesses’ who are urging us on in the race of faith today.

Knowles, A. (2001). The Bible guide (1st Augsburg books ed., p. 662). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg.

What Is A Pop Tart Christian?

What Is A Pop Tart Christian?

Contrary to what some seem to believe, there’s no such thing as a Pop Tart Christian.

Strong and mature Christians do not simply pop out of the oven overnight.
The fruit of the Spirit takes time to grow in a person.

What Is A Pop Tart Christian?
I read the quote above and immediately thought about pop tarts. Unlike the picture on the left, there was practically nothing inside. Very little filling compared to the dough. Not unlike a new Christian. Or even an “old” Christian who was satisfied with the initial “committing their life to Jesus” – and then does nothing after that. Someone who doesn’t allow the Holy Spirit to fill them and guide their lives.

Does God Forsake You If Cancer Surgery Isn't 100% Successful?

Did God Forsake You If Cancer Surgery Isn’t 100% Successful?

Never will I leave you or forsake you. I suppose pretty much every Christians knows that line. Or something like it, depending on which translation you read. It’s from God. But do we know where it comes from? And of course, the ultimate questions related to that line – do we believe God will never forsake us and do we live like we believe it?

Was casting lots really used to determine God's will?

Was casting lots really used to determine God’s will?

Seriously, casting lots, usually pebbles or stones, isn’t the first thing most of us today think of as a way to talk with God. And yet, we read about it in the Bible. More than two dozen times. We’ll look at seven of them. Four in the Old Testament and three in the New Testament. For example, you may remember, Jesus’ clothes were divided up after His death on the cross. That was done by casting lots.

Is going to church encouraging for you? Why? or Why not?

Is going to church encouraging for you? Why? or Why not?

Being encouraged by going to church is far better than being discouraged. But given what “church” is really about for Christians, it should be a whole lot more than just encouraging. Going to church should be things like exciting, uplifting, energizing, and the like. It should encourage us to build each other up. And it should lead us to want, more than anything, to be more Christ-like. More loving. More forgiving. More alive!

So what do you think? Which of those words describe your church-going experience?

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