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Learning a New Language

This week I had a friend come and visit from out of town and he asked if I could take him to see some of historical sites in Philadelphia. I immediately agreed but didn’t have the heart to tell him that even though I have lived in the Philly area since 1991 I have never toured...

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Hebrews Study 9:15-10:10 “He has appeared to put away sin”

In this passage the author of Hebrews continues his focus on Jesus’ superiority by revealing the enormous and eternal power of Jesus’ blood. The blood of Jesus is something we sing about, pray over others and trust in but I’m not sure that we have fully understood it’s purpose and it’s power. “The blood of Jesus” does...

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The Day of Atonement

Tuesday at sundown is the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. You can read about God’s implementation of the Day of Atonement to Israel in Leviticus 16. One of the things that has stood out to me as I have been praying is the beginning of verse 34, “This is to be a...

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Hebrews Study: 8:7-9:15 “A Better Covenant”

The author of Hebrews says that Jesus is the “Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.” At first glance this sounds offensive to the old covenant, as if it was in error or was without effect but that is neither the truth about the covenant or about what the author is...

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Hebrews Study: 7:20-8:6 “Once for All”

The explanation of Jesus as our Great High Priest reaches it’s pinnacle in these verses closing out chapter 7 and entering into chapter 8. Jesus’ eternal, unending, unchanging priesthood has given Him the power and authority to “save to the uttermost” through His sacrifice and his constant intercession. Our salvation is described as “all complete and...

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Hebrews Study 6:7-20, “Better things through Christ”

The first two verses of this week’s study are a parable of sorts that illustrates what was taught in the first six verses of the chapter. This parable brings to a close what had been a healthy rebuke for immaturity and the sad truth that there are some that fall away. The author then shows us...

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Hebrews Study: 5:12-6:6 “Let us go on to perfection”

In chapter 5, after declaring Jesus’ superiority as our High Priest, the author then admonishes the readers for their immaturity and then calls them to move forward into “perfection” (which means completion or maturity). There is great danger in immaturity, first of all, it leads to ineffectiveness, those who should be teachers continue to be...