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A PRAYER FOR GLORY
John 17

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The prayer of Jesus found in John 17 has rightly been called “the most important prayer offered in the entire history of the world.”1 It is often referred to as ‘The High Priestly Prayer’ because of Jesus’ intercession on behalf of the apostles and all those who would come to believe in Him through their witness. It can be broken up into three sections: Jesus’ prayer for Himself (v. 1-5), for the apostles (v. 6-19), and for the Church (v. 20-26). Since the last section involves a specific prayer of Jesus for us, we might be tempted to skip all that comes before it. But that would be a mistake. So for the next four weeks we will be walking through these three sections (spending two weeks on the second section) and asking the Lord to teach us from this most important prayer.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 March 2017 )
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A CLOSING CALL TO FOLLOW CHRIST
Hebrews 13:7-25


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Jesus is better than anything or anyone else in all of creation. From the opening of the letter of Hebrews to our passage this morning, the author has argued for the superiority of Jesus. He is better than angels, better than Moses, and better than Joshua. He is the better rest, the better High Priest, and the better sacrifice. His covenant is better than the old for the access it provides to the presence of God is better. Faith in Him is better than the passing pleasures of this world and the glory of Mount Zion is better than the glory of Mount Sinai. His Kingdom cannot be shaken. The author of Hebrews has written all of this to show us that Jesus is better. No one compares to Him. I pray that we have all seen this glorious truth clearly in our study of this book.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 March 2017 )
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Hebrews 13:1-6: Love Like Christ Print E-mail

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Loving God normally feels easier than loving other people. Sometimes people joke about how loving the Lord is not the problem, it is trying to love His people. I talk to folks regularly who say that they love God but refuse to go to church because they have been hurt by people in the Church. Truth is, relationships are hard. Loving people, truly loving people, takes effort. One way around this is to change the definition of love from wanting to serve and care for others for their good to just tolerating others. When true love, which includes tough love, gets hard, we just do something different to avoid the trouble. But that is not love. And not loving is not optional for the follower of Christ. In fact, to say we love God while not loving those around us is to lie (see 1 John 4:20). If we truly love God, then we must truly love others. We must do both or neither is true.

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 March 2017 )
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LaHebrews 12:18-29: The Great God of Mt. Sinai and Mt. Zion Print E-mail

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Mountains declare the glory of God. Anytime I get the chance to see a mountain or visit a mountain (just not drive up the side of it), I take it. Truth be told, I have really only seen two sets of mountains in my life: The Smokies in Tennessee and Alps in Switzerland. Yet, I have seen enough to know that they scream out the glory of the One who could speak them into existence. There is a small church in Grinderwald, Switzerland that has a cemetery behind it. Standing in the cemetery you can get a great view of the Alps across the valley below. It is a majestic and humbling view. To behold those mountains is to catch a glimpse of the glory of their Maker.

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 March 2017 )
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Hebrews 12:3-17: A Word to the Weary Print E-mail

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Probably all of us have had particular times where we have been extremely weary. So let me ask you as we begin this morning: when was the most tired you have ever been physically? For me, I could mention a few times. Obviously, as I told you about last week, I was exhausted after we finished our half marathon a few years ago. I can also remember a few times of helping people move with many of you that have left me weary physically. I spent this past Monday cleaning up leaves in my backyard and I was pretty tired when I was done. What about you? What time you most weary physically? Sometimes we can grow weary emotionally and spiritually. We have words to describe these times: depressed, discouraged, low. Can you recall a time when you felt weary spiritually? I have experienced that as a pastor and as a follower of Christ. I have grown weary in the fight for enduring faith. So what can we do in those times?

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 March 2017 )
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Hebrews 12:1-2: The Race of Enduring Faith Print E-mail

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As many of you know, Glenna and I decided to run a half-marathon a few years ago. We started our training a bit late and had a few months to prepare. Which meant we had to get from running zero miles to running thirteen miles pretty quickly. We did the training, sort of, we went to the race, and we finished the course without dying (barely). For the record, it was one of the worst days of my entire life physically. We got done and I was hurting so bad that I prayed for Jesus to just come back or take me home. It taught me a good lesson: marathons are difficult to endure.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 February 2017 )
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