Category Archives: Chapter-a-Day

Chapter-a-Day Hebrews 5

TeacherI have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Hebrews 5:11-13 (TM)

I wonder what changes we’d see in our culture if we began to set the expectation that everyone must become a teacher. You know, kind of like countries do with mandatory military service. Everyone who sits in the pew must put in their time as a teacher. It wouldn’t have to be in a classroom, it could be mentoring someone, teaching someone their trade so they could earn a living. I don’t think, in our couch potato culture, that we communicate the expectation God clearly places on us. Pastors are afraid to ask too much and congregations bristle at being asked for any commitment.

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Chapter-a-Day Hebrews 4

Gods_word_by_rehuxleyNothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it–no matter what. Hebrews 4:13 (TM)

I was sent a blog post yesterday from a friend. Is was a quote from George Orwell recounting his terrible experiences growing up in the old British private school system. Orwell was caned mercilessly for wetting his bed. His conclusion was very interesting because the text related clearly that he had stumbled onto the reality of his own sinfulness in a sinful world. That’s what I thought of when I read today’s verse. God’s Word and the spiritual realities of God are all around us. We can’t escape them no matter how we try to run or how much we do cosmetically or psychologically to deny it.

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Artwork: "God’s Word" by rehuxley

Chapter-a-Day Hebrews 3

Desert_roadIf we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul. Hebrews 3:14 (TM)

The reason I use the metaphor of "wayfarer" in the title of my blog is that I really view life as a journey. The journey – the sojourn – the wandering – is a theme that God uses over and over and over in His Message (e.g. Abraham, Moses, Israel, Elijah, Judah, David, Jesus). For most of us, our faith journey is "the long haul." With any long haul there are hills, valleys, storms, sunshine, doubt, hope, strength, and weariness. There are times that the journey seems to take us through Death Valley – it does. God promises it (Ps 23:4) and promises to be by our side every step.

That’s why I don’t particularly freak out when I go through (or see others going through) periods of spiritual drought, difficult circumstance or a crisis of faith. I know that there’s a reason behind every leg of the journey. My grip is secure. The path is leading me, step-by-step, home.

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flickr photo courtesy of Stilin Style

Chapter-a-Day Hebrews 2

Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death. Hebrews 2:14-15 (TM)

How awesome to know that I have a God who knows. Because Jesus lived on this Earth as one of us, He knows my grief, He knows my joy, He knows my struggle with appetites that would destroy me. More importantly, He knows suffering and the anticipation of Death. He knows the pain of my sin – it was placed on him when He died on the cross. The cool thing is – because He chose to ’embrace death’ – I am freed to ’embrace Life.’

It’s going to be a good day.

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Chapter-a-Day Hebrews 2

Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death. Hebrews 2:14-15 (TM)

How awesome to know that I have a God who knows. Because Jesus lived on this Earth as one of us, He knows my grief, He knows my joy, He knows my struggle with appetites that would destroy me. More importantly, He knows suffering and the anticipation of Death. He knows the pain of my sin – it was placed on him when He died on the cross. The cool thing is – because He chose to ’embrace death’ – I am freed to ’embrace Life.’

It’s going to be a good day.

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Chapter-a-Day Hebrews 1

AngelIsn’t it obvious that all angels are sent to help out with those lined up to receive salvation? Hebrews 1:14 (TM)

Obviously, the writer of Hebrews started his letter arguing against one of the teachings of the day, that Jesus was an angel. He puts that notion to rest, but ends with this verse. He’s saying that angels are helpers in the spiritual realm (as opposed to Jesus who was the author of our salvation). But, it’s also saying that angels are spiritual helpers, and that gives me some comfort to know that there are spiritual messengers and helpers assigned to help me!

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Flickr photo courtesy of Glubeburne

Chapter-a-Day Colossians 4

CoversationBe gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. Colossians 4:6 (TM)

I’m currently having to deal with a person to whom no one wants to talk. Everyone avoids this person like the plague because, at one time or another, they’ve gotten their heads bitten off, their butts chewed, they’ve been called names and hung up on. Yesterday, I asked a mutual friend how things were with this person and he said he’d just been avoiding because he knew that a verbal explosion was imminent. How sad. And this human volcano is a believer. I love to be around positive people. I hope that others could describe me with today’s verse.

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