Follow the Leader (Hebrews 13:7-9)

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7, ESV) When I was a child, we did not have all the toys and things that kids have today to keep them occupied. We played games outside. As aContinue reading “Follow the Leader (Hebrews 13:7-9)”

Jehovah Jireh (Hebrews 13:5-6)

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”” (Hebrews 13:5, ESV) I read a story about a woman who was married to a man who loved money more than anything else. The man had amassed andContinue reading “Jehovah Jireh (Hebrews 13:5-6)”

Marriage and Sexuality (Hebrews 13:4)

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” (Hebrews 13:4, ESV) The other day, I saw a post from a so-called church. It said, “The Bible isn’t the Word of God” but it was, “a product of community.” AfterContinue reading “Marriage and Sexuality (Hebrews 13:4)”

Sacrifice of Love (Hebrews 13:1-3)

“Let brotherly love continue.” (Hebrews 13:1, AV) One of the things that just broke my heart in the pastorate was when parishioners in the church who professed to be Christians just could not get along. It was so frustrating when I tried to get two believers to settle their differences and they were just tooContinue reading “Sacrifice of Love (Hebrews 13:1-3)”

Stirred not Shaken (Hebrews 12:25-29)

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28–29, AV) A few years ago, my son and I were sitting in our living room in Portsmouth NH. We were watching televisionContinue reading “Stirred not Shaken (Hebrews 12:25-29)”

Heed the Warning (Hebrews 12:25)

“See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:” (Hebrews 12:25, AV) In 1966, the United States passed a law that mandated the inclusion of a warning labelContinue reading “Heed the Warning (Hebrews 12:25)”

Terror to Reverence (Hebrews 12:18-24)

“(For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city ofContinue reading “Terror to Reverence (Hebrews 12:18-24)”

Responsibilities (Hebrews 12:15-17)

“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” (Hebrews 12:15, AV) As I have encountered various leaders in my journey through the military, industry and the church, I have noticed that certain leaders seem to excel in whatContinue reading “Responsibilities (Hebrews 12:15-17)”

Lasting Influence (Hebrews 12:12-15a)

“Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12–13, AV) Occasionally we meet someone who cannot get around without help. I have had a few instancesContinue reading “Lasting Influence (Hebrews 12:12-15a)”

Discipline Benefits (Hebrews 12:9-11)

“For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Hebrews 12:10–11,Continue reading “Discipline Benefits (Hebrews 12:9-11)”