At the end of the year, people often reflect on what has happened and what they want to change. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are!". And a pastor who "chews out" his congregation needs to look again at his mission. "Let there be light … Let there be a firmament … Let the earth bring forth grass … " Then, each time, the words: "And it was so." As the writer finishes the Book of Hebrews, he wants us to see the importance of a faith that functions for the good of others. It is true for us because of Jesus. Hebrews 13:13 Therefore let us go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore.  Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. We have the need to see that our behavior affects others as well as ourselves. Our Daily Walk), Morning and evening : Daily readings (February 21 AM).  Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. This type of love also has another dimension to it. So, how do you protect yourself from those who make religious claims that God's Word does not support? The air becomes so filled with powdery snow that you can't see more than a few feet ahead. Ps 90:2, "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." How is it that you can best glorify Christ and serve your church well? Have dinner or attend a Bible study or some other activity together. As I read about this beginning of our world and the power of God, I started to think about some other things God and His Son Jesus have said-things we can count on. Hebrews 13:10: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. The best way to show love to those in prison is to visit them. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. As leaders, we wish to serve you well and at the same time our desire is that you serve your church well. It reads: "To Be Continued Above.". I’ve also be associated with churches who seem very friendly when you arrive but whose friendliness is really only on the surface. Our Daily Walk). In His awesome prayer the night before His death by crucifixion, Jesus prayed, "Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was" (John 17:5). His infinite wisdom devises our way, and inconceivable love directs our steps. ", My wife responded, "It's up to you, but I know you'd have a good time. When my son Stephen was 8, he was invited to stay overnight at a cousin's house. THE HUNDREDTH Psalm is rightly entitled "A Psalm of Thanksgiving" (R.V.). De Haan. He will only correct us—when correction will do us good. Do not be content with a thankful heart, but express it! Sometimes on board ship, before the phone made it possible for the captain to speak to every part of the ocean-liner, I have heard Him quietly utter his orders to a subordinate officer beside him, who in turn repeated them in a loud voice through a speaking-trumpet or tube. If the company goes under, so does the guarantee. Until then, there is nothing to fear. Yet throughout history men and women have staked their lives on that truth. Let us not be afraid of Him, as though He must use some terrible anguish, some heartrending grief. Jesus always listens and always cares. Hebrews 13:11-13: Coming Forth to Christ: G. Lawson. Even though He doesn't move among us physically, by the Holy Spirit He is here, there, everywhere—a continuous, living presence—outside of us and inside of us. Hebrews 13:1-17 (ESV) Let brotherly love continue. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. Here are three points which require notice. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book presents the Bible by the Book People who have "roast preacher" for Sunday dinner need a change of diet. It is not money, but human love and God that is needed. Thus cold hands may find warmth, and souls that are frozen for want of love and sympathy may be sheltered and refreshed, and we shall find that in showing love to a stranger we have been ministering to our dear Lord Himself, who said: "Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it unto Me. Certainly those vagrants at Edith's door experienced God's love through her and her family. Better is the little that the righteous has. In amazement the man would gasp, "For me?" Whatever God has said to any one saint, he has said to all. His favor is better than fortune. Take some time to get together with a church member who you do not know well. —VCG —Vernon C Grounds, And His praise my heart will sing. He will show himself strong on the behalf of them that trust him. May the Lord smile on you His eye is observant of the Christian's goings, and marks every step he takes. Christ was “not of the world:” his life and his testimony were a constant protest against conformity with the world. As church members of Grace Community Church, love the truth and love Grace and be strengthened. The year is almost over. You feel totally helpless, especially if you're driving, and that's what we were doing on a bitterly cold December day. But we do not know the decrees of God, and His ways are past finding out (Rom. May the Lord show you his favor Jesus is both our Great Physician and our Friend, and He promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). No matter how many pledges are broken by people, God's promises will last through all time and eternity. The Lord Jesus will not indulge us—when indulgence will harm us. Sermon: A True Worshiper (Hebrews 13:1-17) Posted on January 24, 2010 by Brian Evans. But just as the Lord took care of Joshua and Israel (Joshua 3), He will take care of us. This isn't like saying we have coffee with the President or a Supreme Court justice. This will be a great benefit to you. His ear is at every believer's heart—listening to the voice of his sighs, groans, and desires. Crusoe said, "One morning, being very sad, I opened the Bible upon these words, 'I will never, never leave thee, nor forsake thee.' Whether listening to a salesperson or to a preacher, be discerning. Perhaps right now you are anxious about some new and untried pathway on which the Lord is leading you. —Lyte. and as sure as his name is Jesus—you shall not go in vain! And will God do less for the Flock! In Revelation 1:8, Jesus Christ identified Himself by saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, … who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Have you learned to trust the Lord like that, my friend? Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day. And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness. A testimony and an affirmation led to a life of service for God. You are like prisoners in a dungeon, and there may be one key in the bunch which would unlock the door, and you might be free; but if you will not look for it, you may remain a prisoner still, though liberty is so near at hand. (F B Meyer. I may be speaking to people who wish that they had more money, or more brains, or more influence. If you run into some new novel theology, be very cautious because it’s most likely wrong. i. Some spiritual sacrifices will be costly. During His life on earth, Jesus chose to identify with poor and destitute people. So many changes have taken place in the past century. Tennyson says: "Our wills are ours to make them Thine!" This process has been long but good at the same time. We worship Christ by loving those made in His image. Is not that true of us? "We have an altar." ", But in the Fall, the dominance of God's will and the loyal response of man's will became disorganised; and the human will instead of functioning in harmony with the Will of God, began to obey the will of the flesh in its grosser or more refined forms.  So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. ( B) Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby. He will never leave nor forsake those that trust in Him! Hebrews 13:1–2. May the Lord be gracious to us as we grow as a church not only numerically but in love for our Lord. Standing before men whose lives had been turned upside down by World War I, Oswald Chambers talked to them about yesterday and tomorrow. Place your hand by faith in your heavenly Father's hand, and let Him lead the way. 1. —Joanie Yoder —Joanie Yoder. Our greatest need was to be met by Christ. He then quoted Romans 1:21, one of the Bible's indictments against rebellious humanity. They believe the latest greatest whatever will bring to their souls happiness and fulfillment. He's my dad. Every promise of God comes with an eternal guarantee. SOME PEOPLE seem born with a sullen and feverish temper, and it is very difficult for them to brighten into smiles and songs. The writer to the Hebrews said, "Be content with such things as you have. Yet, many wealthy people who boast large bank accounts are not content.  Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  So we can confidently say. By faith in Jesus Christ we can have a relationship with the unchanging God, who says of Himself in Malachi 3:6, "I am the Lord, I do not change." AMEN. The Greek literally means that there is within us an undeveloped power only awaiting the call, and there will be enough. Hence the writer asks that we may be properly jointed with Christ. The Object of this process. Adrian Dieleman. Far too many people fall for crooked schemes that cost them money, endanger their health, or waste their time. But a pastor carries a big responsibility (Hebrews 13:17), and a faithful man of God is worthy of respect and generous financial support (1 Timothy 3:1; 5:17-18). Then there's a young woman with a physical disability. Hence the suggestion that we should pass the Matttter over to the "God of Peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus. Did you know that when you love others in the name of Christ, you’re worshipping Christ? PRACTICAL POINTERS . PRAYER - Help us, O Lord, to rejoice always; to pray without ceasing, and in everything to give thanks. That may be a terrifying thought for some. They wanted to know of a way to get rid of their pastor. The Christian’s reason for leaving the camp of the world’s sin and religion is not because he loves to be singular, but because Jesus did so; and the disciple must follow his Master. AMEN. ISA 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear [them]. Never was such overflowing affection for men as you find in him; but still he was separate from sinners. Then you're left hanging in the air with the words: "To be continued." Step one in presenting Christ acceptable worship is to serve others. Sermon – Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 – A Sacrifice of Praise. When the helmsman is right with the captain, the boat will naturally take the course that the captain selects. EstiMatte what you have got, and then count God into the bargain! BECAUSE God will never leave nor forsake us, we may well be content with such things as we have. They think that if their bank account is a certain size then everything will be alright. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. We are to love and serve strangers. The expressway was covered with ice, traffic slowed to a crawl, and several cars were in the ditch. In the end, you’ve brought your salvation into question. What can man do to me?" Nothing appears settled or secure! Our Lord had none of this world's goods; the apostles had neither silver nor gold; Carey was only a poor cobbler; Bunyan a travelling tinker; Wesley left two silver spoons. Beloved, you must trust no one, depend on no one, look to no source either for peace, comfort, or supply, through this year—but Jesus! Concluding Exhortations. This spring they are pulling the plow themselves." When Jesus was talking about His followers, He said, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand" (John 10:28). We must guard against new theology. And being perfect—he can never change for the worse. Perhaps the author was lumping them together in summary form. Throughout Scripture we find the Lord's pledge to be with His people. For John, it was more than words. Whatever attributes may compose the character of Deity, every one of them to its fullest extent shall be engaged on our side. He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. Brethren, what have the Lord's people found Jesus to be in bygone days? We may be called to traverse strange ways, but we shall always have our Lord’s company, assistance, and provision. He will help you make it through any situation.-- Herbert Vander Lugt, When solitude's burden would weigh down the soul. Jesus Christ is the Master of time. How often Christian people hinder the progress of Christianity by their dullness, gloominess, and depression. Abraham, Moses, Rahab, Joshua, David, Esther, just to name a few. Say it sounds unbelievable. It will be so.—Anne Cetas. In the same way, a word of caution, your disobedience serves to cause others to be disobedient.  For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. Hebrews 13:1-6 does not mention this problem, but it does give the answer. 5-6 ***** Hebrews 13:1-17. Our relationships change as we move to new places, experience illness, and ultimately face death. To put everything in one, there is nothing you can want, there is nothing you can ask for, there is nothing you can need in time or in eternity, there is nothing living, nothing dying, there is nothing in this world, nothing in the next world, there is nothing now, nothing at the resurrection-morning, nothing in heaven which is not contained in this text—“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Spurgeon, C. H). Some find security in money. O encouraging connection! The writer of Hebrews simply said, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Heb. Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not … I remember the deep sense of aloneness that swept over me during my first day in the military when I was exposed to almost constant cursing and foul language. by Matt Slick | Dec 1, 2008 | Sermons, Christian Living “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever,” (Heb. We need not covet money, for we shall always have our God, and God is better than gold. We too can become fearful sometimes as we look ahead, because we've "never been there before." None have come too frequent; no—nor ever will. We come to Hebrews 13 and find that the first 6 verses are extremely practical. Will He do so much for the Shepherd, and neglect the flock? If we want to be followers of our Savior, we should be reaching out to the lonely all around us. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Care must be taken to not get from money what we should be getting from the Lord. But think of what you know about Him. —D C M, Excerpt from My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers, © Renewal 1963 Oswald Chambers Publication Association, Ltd. —David C. McCasland. But no! Hebrews 13 is full of practical advice for living the Christian Life. But these are wisely concealed from our view, and whatever may be our anticipations or forebodings, the Lord meets us on the threshold of this year and assures us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!" But he says, "I will be inquired of, by the house of Israel, to do it for them." She has to be assured that God still loves her. Just waiting for someone to become a friend, however, is not the way to find the cure for loneliness. Has death brought the pain of separation? Hebrews 13:1-2 LOVE OF HOSPITALITY. We must focus our attention on Jesus Christ. There still remains that empty longing for something else. Love and Serve Others (Hebrews 13:1-4). If you make 10,000 a year or 100,000 a year you can easily spend it all on yourself and not have any left to love others with. He is deeply interested in our welfare, lovingly concerned to do us good, and ready to help us in every time of trouble. It’s our desire that membership means something.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Let us count up our treasures and blessings, and we shall find that even in the saddest and loneliest life there is something to turn our sorrow into singing (2 Co 6:10). (v.6). But whatever our natural disposition may be, if we belong to Christ it is our bounden duty to cultivate a thankful heart. His arm is still in the body, but out of joint, so that it hangs useless by his side, until the surgeon by one strong wrench forces the bone back into its proper place. I knew a man who ran a pharmacy in Kentucky who was very well off financially. In bringing the Shepherd did He not pledge Himself by the most solemn sanctions to do all that needed doing for the weakest of his sheep? Its close ebbs out life 's changes, look to the door selling too-good-to-be-true. People hinder the progress of Christianity by their sacrificial gift heaven or in hell world: ” his life earth... 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