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Making God’s Word Unapproachable

3 Joshua took down the camp early in the morning. He and all the Israelites marched out of Shittim and came to the Jordan, where they stayed overnight before crossing. 2 At the end of three days the officers went through the middle of the camp. 3 They commanded the people, “As soon as you see the Lord your God’s chest containing

07 Nov 2018

Is That What Strength Looks Like?

Last week, we started a new series on the book of Joshua.  And there we read God’s call to the people of Israel to cross over the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land.  Remember how God told Joshua these words: “Now get ready to cross over the Jordan with this entire people to the

31 Oct 2018

God’s People: Homecoming

1 After Moses the Lord’s servant died, the Lord spoke to Joshua, Nun’s son. He had been Moses’ helper. 2 “My servant Moses is dead. Now get ready to cross over the Jordan with this entire people to the land that I am going to give to the Israelites. 3 I am giving you every place where you set foot, exactly as I

24 Oct 2018

If It Keeps You Frozen, It Ain’t Faith

As the theologian Paul Tillich once pointed out, there are few words in the English language that have more carelessly applied, and poorly understood, than the word faith.  So before we get started today, I just want you to take a moment to think about your own understanding of what’s attached to the word ‘faith.’ 

10 Oct 2018

Our Trembling, Sanctuary Hearts

  For about the last six weeks, we’ve been reading and gaining instruction from the New Testament sermon called “Hebrews.”  And we opened the series talking about the many different kinds of ‘messengers,’ or angels, that we might encounter in the world.  This sermon continues by identifying the greatest messenger of all, who is Jesus,

03 Oct 2018

Last Word, Jubilee

Before we get to our reading for today, we need to talk about the Year of Jubilee.  The Year of Jubilee is this absolutely beautiful idea that we find in the book of Leviticus, chapters 25 and 27.  And there’s a little more to it than this, but the basic idea is that every forty-nine

26 Sep 2018

A New Era of the Eternal

13 When God gave Abraham his promise, he swore by himself since he couldn’t swear by anyone greater. 14 He said, I will certainly bless you and multiply your descendants.[a] 15 So Abraham obtained the promise by showing patience.16 People pledge by something greater than themselves. A solemn pledge guarantees what they say and shuts down any argument. 17 When God wanted to further

19 Sep 2018

When Nursing Becomes Illegal

Hebrews 5:1-4, 7-6:3 5 Every high priest is taken from the people and put in charge of things that relate to God for their sake, in order to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 The high priest is able to deal gently with the ignorant and those who are misled since he himself is prone to weakness. 3 Because

12 Sep 2018

Only Fooling Ourselves

  Very quickly before we jump into our scripture reading for the morning, I want to fill in a few gaps.  First of all, the book of Hebrews is really a kind of sermon.  It was written to be read aloud to a group of people following the way of Jesus, and according to one

05 Sep 2018

Struggle for Control

Hebrews 2:1-9 2 This is why it’s necessary for us to pay more attention to what we have heard, or else we may drift away from it. 2 If the message that was spoken by angels was reliable, and every offense and act of disobedience received an appropriate consequence, 3 how will we escape if we ignore such a great

29 Aug 2018