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3 Exhortations

The writer of Hebrews is clearly trying to encourage the believers to hold fast to their faith in hard times.  Because of their circumstances they are reverting back to old ways and the writer compares the old ways with the new, that is, Jesus and the impact on our faith He has.   After comparing the old covenant with the new covenant the writer encourages the believers with three exhortations.  Hebrews 10 vs 19 - 25 (19) Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,  (20) by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  (21) and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  (22) let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  (23) Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  (24) And let us consider how to stir up one ano

Be Like the Bereans!

One thing that has become key in my walk lately is to figure out if what I am being told by TV preachers, online preachers (and online Christian accounts), my church preachers, is  the truth?   Are they carrying over God's word as it is or tainting it ever so slightly with their experiences, or their own interpretations? It has become a real issue for me when someone says something or quotes a scripture or statement. I no longer take what is said or posted at face value.   This is my motivation!  Getting the scriptures right and understanding them as God intended for us to do!  Hearing/reading things, and being like the Bereans and checking it out against the scriptures .   Learning what it is God is saying for myself and not just foolishly be led by the nose because people say they are Christians, or have studied the bible in depth, etc.  And in this way I will learn, I will grow in the word and in Christ, and I will be able to share that with others and encourage them to do the

Are you Afraid?

We often read that scripture in 2 Chronicles when we feel helpless and in need of encouragement.  It says in 2 Chron 20 vs 17:   you will not need to fight in this battle, but stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.  Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. I read this chapter this morning as part of my quiet time and the verse that got me was vs 12 :  "O God, will You not execute judgement on them?  For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You " .  It completely spoke into my heart about how I feel right now - powerless !  Powerless in the face of the worldwide virus issue.  Powerless in the face of the vaccination dilemma.  Just plain powerless.  Seriously, what can I do?  What can little me do?   But the verse does not stop there!  No!  It ends in faith!  Jehoshaphat heard ( vs 2 ) about these armies coming against him.  He was afraid ( vs 3(a) :  T