Hebrews 12 “Love and Discipline” – 10/4/15 – CD#1572




CHRISTIANS MUST UNDERSTAND THAT GOD DISCIPLINES US BECAUSE WE ARE HIS CHILDREN, AND HE LOVES US. God does not punish us; He corrects us. There is a great difference between punishment and discipline.                                                    Parents know how important it is to correct a child. When we see our child running into the street without looking, we realize the danger, and we correct them. Our Father sees us doing things that can destroy us, and He corrects us. It may be painful, but not as painful as if He just allowed us to continue along the deadly path.                                                 When you know you’re being disciplined by the Lord, don’t resist or resent Him for it. Take it as evidence that you are God’s child and He loves you.

Hebrews 11:13-40 “Choosing Faith” – Sept. 27, 2015 CD#1571


MOSES IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT A LIFE OF FAITH IS ALL ABOUT …. He could have lived as a prince in Egypt, with all the luxuries the world can offer. But he chose to suffer with the people of God, knowing that “the reproach of Christ is greater riches than all the treasures in Egypt.” (Hebrews 11)                                                                         The worst that God has to offer is better than the best that the world has to offer. This kind of faith can see the invisible One. When you look at the eternal things, the best that the world has to offer can’t hold a candle to what God offers. The choice is easy when you get the right perspective.


Hebrews 11 – “Pleasing Your Lord” – Sept.20,2015 – CD#1570


GOD IS PLEASED WHEN HIS CHILDREN PUT THEIR FAITH AND TRUST IN HIM!  It pleases our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ! It would seem that the opposite is also true. God is not pleased when we do not trust in Him, when we doubt His promises, and when we live in panic and anxiety. (Hebrews 11)                                                                         We are encouraged in the Scriptures, over and over, to trust in God. It pleases our Lord when we take Him at His Word. It pleases Him when we believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him – when we trust that Jesus will do what He says He will do.

Hebrews 10 “Hold Strong To Your Faith” Sept.13, 2015 – CD#1570


THE JEW COULD NOT PERSONALLY GO UP TO THE MERCY SEAT;  he had to go through his representative, the high priest, and we have Jesus Christ as our “high priest over the house of God,” so we come to God through him. The Jew could not pass through the veil which hid from public view the glory of the Shekinah, and Jesus Christ’s humanity was a veil which somewhat concealed the glory of his Deity; but the flesh of Christ having been crucified, the veil has been torn, and now we may come right up to the throne of God without trembling; in fact, we may come even with holy boldness and familiarity, and speak to God without anxiety. Having such a privilege as this, do not neglect it! It was denied to prophets and kings in the Old Testament time; but now that it is bestowed upon us, let us avail ourselves of it, and constantly “let us draw near” unto God “with a true heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews10) Spurgeon 1865

Hebrews 9 “The Shadow & The Reality” – Sept.6, 2015 – CD#1569


THE EARTHLY PRIESTS ENTERED INTO THE TABERNACLE TO OFFER THE BLOOD OF THE SACRIFICE (Hebrews 9). That tabernacle was only a shadow or model of what was actually in heaven. And those animal sacrifices didn’t really work in taking away sins. It was only a shadow of the real thing. The reality was Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, entering into heaven itself, and offering His own blood once and for all!                                                                               There is no need for any further sacrifice. The blood of the goats and calves could only simulate the reality of Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus was the reality.


Hebrews 8 “A New Relationship Of Love” August 30,2015 – CD#1568


THE NEW COVENANT BRINGS US INTO A RELATIONSHIP OF LOVE. Now the law of God is written on hearts. It is no longer based on our ability to keep the regulations of the law. Now it is based on the cross and on the faithfulness of God. And the wonderful thing is, now God is working in our hearts. Christ is changing our desires from within. And now, instead of longing for the things of the world we are longing for the things of the Spirit!  The glorious result is a real, intimate, personal relationship with Jesus our God. “I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Hebrews 7 – “The Law Is Lacking” -August 23, 2015 – CD#1567


JESUS IS A PRIEST OF A HIGHER ORDER THAN THE LEVITES, HE IS OF THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK. And that is the reason He can be our High Priest although He was not a Levite. (Hebrews 7)    The Levites represented the Law, and the Law is Lacking. There is nothing wrong with the law, but there is something wrong with people. And The law is unable to fix what is wrong. “The law makes nothing perfect.”

The law can reveal your sin, but it can’t take away your sin. It condemns you and shows you that you are guilty, but it can do nothing else. It still leaves you separated from God. But Jesus changed all that with The New Covenant.


Hebrews 6 “The Results of Immaturity” August 16, 2015 – CD#1566


“FOR YEARS I preached evangelistic, topical messages, on repentance, faith in God, baptism, and the life & death nature of the gospel. I never led the congregation to maturity in Christ, and so they were immature, babes in Christ because I was only feeding them milk. (Hebrews 6)                                            I read in Ephesians 4:11-15 the work of a pastor is to ‘equip the saints for the work of the ministry’. This changed my understanding of ministry, and I set out to make our people the best equipped & best taught Christians around. I began to teach through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.      In Acts 20:27 Paul told the Ephesian elders ‘I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God’.                 I can now say the same: ‘I have declared the whole counsel of God to you.’ There is a place for evangelism, & we share the gospel with those who haven’t heard, & we thank God for those who are saved, but the primary purpose of the church is to bring Christians to maturity”.  Pastor Chuck Smith – edited by Pastor Gary

Hebrews 5 “Learning Obedience” – 7/9/15 – CD#1565


SOMETIMES WE HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING the concept that Jesus “learned obedience” and was “perfected.” But there are certain things you can only learn by experience. (Hebrews 5)                                                                             When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Take this cup from Me,” He was expressing His own desire. But He didn’t stop there, because He was showing you and I how we should pray, as He went on to say, “Not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). He learned obedience as He submitted His will to the will of the Father, and we will also learn obedience when we submit our will to His. And so, Jesus was “perfected” or “made completely ready” to be our Savior.

Hebrew 4 “Soulful or Spiritual” 8/2/15 CD# 1564

Hebrews 4

THE SOUL AND SPIRIT are so entwined within us that it can be difficult for us to recognize whether or not the feelings we have come from a soulish or a spiritual experience. All of us have had soulful experiences, and spiritual experiences. So how can we tell the difference? That is where the Word of God comes in.     As we compare our experiences & our feelings to God’s Word, & as we study the Living Word of God it will help us divide between the soulful feelings, and the spiritual feelings. By comparing our experiences to the teaching of the Bible we have a true standard by which we can evaluate our experiences & feelings. The Bible is a living & powerful indicator of that which is Soulful & that which is Spiritual. (Hebrews 4)


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