Grace to You (Hebrews 13:25)

“Grace be with you all. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:25, AV) When I was in school, we learned how to write a formal letter. We would begin by writing, “Dear Mr.” or some other title and then the letter. At the conclusion we were taught to write, “Sincerely,” and then our name. It seemed quite simple andContinue reading “Grace to You (Hebrews 13:25)”

United We Stand (Hebrews 13:23-24)

“Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.” (Hebrews 13:23–24, AV) The phrase, “United we stand, divided we fall,” has had a place of prominenceContinue reading “United We Stand (Hebrews 13:23-24)”

Landing the Plane (Hebrews 13:22)

“And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.” (Hebrews 13:22, AV) One of the things that pilots must master in their training is how to land an airplane. I’ve never flown a plane, but can imagine that the most difficult part ofContinue reading “Landing the Plane (Hebrews 13:22)”

Pastor’s Prayer (Hebrews 13:20-21)

“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be gloryContinue reading “Pastor’s Prayer (Hebrews 13:20-21)”

Parishioner’s Prayer (Hebrews 13:18-19)

“Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.” (Hebrews 13:18–19, AV) My wife is a prayer warrior who faithfully prays every day. I am convinced that herContinue reading “Parishioner’s Prayer (Hebrews 13:18-19)”

Folly of Rebellion (Hebrews 13:17)

“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” (Hebrews 13:17, AV) In my day, I have seen some pastors that truly lacked joy.Continue reading “Folly of Rebellion (Hebrews 13:17)”

To Please God (Hebrews 13:15-16)

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16, ESV) As a young boy, one of the things that I sought was to please my father. He often asked me to help him with projects. Now, I was kind of a lazy youngContinue reading “To Please God (Hebrews 13:15-16)”

Out of the Closet (Hebrews 13:15)

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.” (Hebrews 13:15, NIV84) Years ago, I worked for a company that made industrial printing equipment. My job was to oversee the operation of field service and engineering in the United States. Once I needed toContinue reading “Out of the Closet (Hebrews 13:15)”

The Outsiders (Hebrews 13:10-14)

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” (Hebrews 13:12–14, AV) “Oh, you’re one of them!” Throughout history, there haveContinue reading “The Outsiders (Hebrews 13:10-14)”

The Privilege (Hebrews 13:10-12)

“We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without theContinue reading “The Privilege (Hebrews 13:10-12)”