“Looking Unto Jesus”

One of the most compelling phrases in the book of Hebrews is found in Hebrews 12:2:

Looking Unto Jesus.” The NASB renders this phrase, “Fixing our eyes on Jesus.Continue reading

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Daily Nudge: Hebrews on Jesus — and news

One more on Hebrews: Pull out a statement about Jesus from the book of Hebrews, one you find compelling, powerful, thrilling. Not a whole paragraph nor verse, just a phrase. And explain it, develop it, envelope it with your impressions and thoughts.

Our reading last night used Hebrews 1.1-2.4 to great effect. What power in the Word!

And what news have the churches produced of late?

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Fix Your Thoughts On Jesus

Hebrews 3:1   . . .fix your thoughts on Jesus. . .

Jewish Christians tended to fall back into the familiar.  They:

  • were infatuated with angels
  • looked to Moses as the great leader
  • considered rituals of the Levitical system God’s answer to sin
  • and trusted the Old Covenant as their hope for the future

All these things were inadequate substitutes for radiance of God’s glory—Jesus Christ.

Those silly Jewish Christians.   Couldn’t they see that Jesus had not only replaced, but is superior in every way to all these things?

Shouldn’t we be grateful this is never done today?  Or is it?  Honestly answer the following questions.

Do you have an extravagant passion for any of these?

a.  Movie stars                          b. Athletes

c.  American Idols                      d. Jesus

Whom do you look to as a great leader?

a.  Reagan                                b.  Obama

c.  Jefferson                              d.  Jesus

Who or what is your go-to source to improve your life?

a.  Dr. Phil                                b.  Dr. Oz

c.  Disney Movies                     d.  Jesus

Where do you learn about the meaning of life?  (Remember, be honest.  Do you spend more time with Oprah than in Bible study?)

a.  Dali Lama                            b.  Oprah

c.  Science & psychology          d.  Jesus

Where do you place your hope for the future?

a.  Financial holdings                 b.  Family

c.  Government                          d.  Jesus

Once you locate the target of your infatuation, the one you consider a great leader, your go-to source to improve your life, and where you place your hope for the future, then you will know all the things you have substituted for Jesus or that you have Jesus right where he belongs.

By the way—There’s only one right answer.

Fix your thoughts on Jesus.

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Repeat, Repeat, And Repeat

The Bible is full of repetitive phrases and terms, in order to emphasize the importance of our adhering to a principle or teaching. For example, in his letter Continue reading

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“Faith see the unseeable and greets the …

“Faith see the unseeable and greets the unreached.”

Tom Wacaster citing Dayton Keese in Tom’s commentary, Studies in Hebrews, page 453.

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Your conduct must be free from the love …

Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5-6

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Hebrews 11

Last night I was watching old family videos and came across one that brought the tears. I had thrown my husband a surprise birthday party one Wednesday night after Bible class. Since it had been several years ago, some of the guests had since passed on. As the video panned over them, and I said their names, it reminded me of the great faith chapter, Hebrews 11.

If I were to write a Hall of Faith chapter, their names would be there. They were wonderful Christian examples who took time out of their busy schedule to be with us. Fellowshipping, you might say. I’m thankful for them and their influence on not only me, but my family.

So, my question to you is- who would be in your Hall of Faith chapter? If they’re here, send them a note today and thank them. If not, relish the memories and be certain you’ll be together again.

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