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June 13 2013 at 5:51 pm 2 Comments

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This month we’re taking a break from our study of the gospel of Matthew. I believe the Lord is leading us to work our way through the 12th chapter of Hebrews

We know that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, reproof and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s all part of the living and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). We need all of it. But isn’t it true that at certain times in our lives certain parts of Scripture seem to speak so directly to our circumstances that the breath of God’s Word feels like a mighty wind? The Word doesn’t just speak to us in those moments; it feels like it thunders! And the living and active Sword of the Spirit seems to pierce even more deeply.

That’s how I feel about Hebrews 12 right now for myself personally and for our church family as a whole. In so many ways this chapter with its 29 verses speaks to where we find ourselves. We’re facing disorienting challenges. Many of us feel weary and discouraged. Hebrews 12 calls Christians to endurance and faith. It speaks to God’s purpose in painful circumstances. It addresses the temptations we face in times of difficulty. And most importantly it holds forth Jesus. Hebrews 12 calls us to fix our eyes on him and to remember the unshakeable nature of his kingdom.

So Lord willing, for the next five weeks, I’m going to preach Hebrews 12 to you, and to me. And I’m asking the Lord to send his Holy Spirit and do something deep and powerful and lasting in our hearts through his living Word.

—Joshua Harris

June 9: The Race of Faith
June 16: Disciplined for Our Good
June 23: Make Straight Paths
June 30: Are We There Yet?
July 7: The Unshakeable Kingdom

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I have studied the above mentioned scripture many times and the illustration of running a Marathon knowing that Jesus is not the spectator but the finish line blew me away and clearly drew me to His Magnificence.  How wonderful it is to be so loved by GOD knowing He is our REWARD!!!

By Gricel Bloom on 06/18/2013

Grateful to our pastors for seeking the face of God in adversity and listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  We will endure little of the Christian life if we have not been captured by the beauty, majesty and glory of our God and Savior.  He is so far above our religious impulses and and times fleshly pursuits.  He stands always beckoning us to come to Him.  To eat, drink and be satisfied.  The coming is scary because it involves continual dying to self and our claims on this life.  Lord help us remember that you are The Way, The Truth and The Life.  We lose nothing of value coming to you.  Discipline us Lord for Your Glory.  Through the process we get You!  We see You and we know You better!  Lord, take us and lead us on!

By Gabriel Knowlton on 06/18/2013
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