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September 2, 2011, 10:55 AM

I'm Baaaaack!


My goodness, it is so easy to get out of the habit of blogging!  Kind of like a Sunday morning habit of doing other interesting things.  But I am back on this page on the eve of the wrap of yet another 7-UP sermon series in Hebrews.  If you are keeping count, we have done a series in Ezra (actually ten sermons there), Romans, Genesis, Matthew and Deuteronomy.  That's a pretty good spread and balance of significant Scripture!  In a few weeks, we will drop the catchy, if a little cheesy, overarching title.  No more 7-UP.  However, we will keep the seven sequence, and we will keep the pattern of covering significant ground in both the OT and the NT.  We will still try to capture the sense and core of each book we study.  But, as a new twist to this sermon thing, we will include specialized studies in the puplpit.  For example, in a few weeks we will cover the life of the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings.

Parenthetically, I want to also add that this is honoring a suggestion from the pew.  So, the moral of the story is that you too can have some input into what the preacher preaches.

(Note well that I did not say that there was any hope of influencing the length of these homiletical gems!)

Let me just add a few more closing thoughts as we bring the curtain down on Hebrews.  The gist of the "sermon" [the book of Hebrews] is that what we do; what we believe; what we hope in as it relates to our faith and trust in Jesus, our Great High Priest, is ultimately worth anything that the world can throw at us.  There is absolutlely no reason to give up and turn back to whatever we came from.  In the case of the original hearers, it was a return to Judaism to smooth over family splits and embarrassment.  In our case -- fill in the blank.  The options are multiple:  Mocking neighbors, skeptical co-workers, mean fellow students.  On another level, perhaps it is a health crisis; a death in the family; a financial crisis; or just flat out disappointment with God for one reason or another.  Don't go there.  Stay the course.  It will be worth it.  God is faithful and true.  He can't lie about what he has promised to us.

A couple of weeks ago, we had sermon entitled "A Hard Word."  What a tough passage to preach from:  It's impossible to renew a person to repentance once they have tasted of the goodness of God if they fall away.  [My paraphrase!]  It is so tempting to get carried away debating things that aren't there when coming to this passage!  As I told you, this is not about losing your faith.  This is not about undermining the cherished understanding of eternal security.

This was there to remind the hearers (and us) that there is peril in unbelief.  But, this is not our story.  There are better things for us.  We don't have to go there.  It is a prod to move on in our understanding of the Faith.  To move on to greater and even more awe-inspiring things about our Savior and High Priest, Jesus.

As we close this Sunday, we are going to be looking at the finish line.  We are going to see the whole heavenly host and those who have gone on ahead of us to be with the Lord -- standing at the finish line cheering us on!

This is going to be an uplifting message, and I hope that you will be there to be encouraged this Sunday.

Again, sorry for the gap in entries.  I am currently in the process of determining what my penalty will be for such a lapse. indecision   


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