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I’ve never been accused of being a vegetarian, but I have been eating a lot more salad since studying the book of Hebrews.  The primary ingredient of this spiritual feast has been the “let us” that can be harvested from virtually every page of Hebrews.

The author of Hebrews did two things amazingly well.  First, he or she brought glory to our King Jesus through the powerful comparisons that prove Jesus to be superior to anything in all creation.  Second, he or she knew how to inspire readers to action.

Over and again we are confronted with challenges of how to live our lives in light of the glorious King we serve and the marvelous covenant we have with God.

Below, I present to you a Hebrews Salad, which is a collection of the “let us” gleaned from the letter of Hebrews.

  • Hebrews 4:1 (NIV) Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.
  • Hebrews 4:11 (NIV) Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
  • Hebrews 4:14 (NIV)  Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
  • Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
  • Hebrews 6:1-3 (NIV)  Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
  • Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)  Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
  • Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
  • Hebrews 10:24 (NIV) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
  • Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
  • Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • Hebrews 12:28 (NIV) Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,
  • Hebrews 13:12-14 (NIV) And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
  • Hebrews 13:15 (NIV) Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.

 

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Honor and the Smell of SmokeSome things you just can’t hide.  Like standing by a fire, you’re gonna end up smelling like smoke.  Honor is one of those unconcealable qualities of life, because honor doesn’t flow from the lips, it flows from our lives. 

Our Lord Jesus nailed the essential aspect of honor when He said, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matthew 15:8). 

As we looked at the life of the prophet Elisha yesterday, we were able to discover the protection a life of honor offers and the doors honor is able to open.  Elisha was simply tending to his fields when the Mantle of Elijah was placed upon him, but he did two things well in response to this new anointing.  He burned his escape route and he kept his eyes focused on his instructor.  Elisha fully honored his mentor until it was his time to pick up Elijah’s cloak and step into his own ministry.

Is honor a word that fits into your vocabulary?  Does it fit into your lifestyle? 

What struggles do you have honoring the people and the positions around you? 

It is my hope that, in my life, honor will not be a catchy word I throw around for my own benefit, but that honor will be the established attitude of my heart.  Regardless of what I perceive with my eyes, I desire to treat people with the honor being fashioned in the image of God deserves.

  • Honor is a choice.
  • Honor is given, not earned.
  • Honor is given, not grabbed.
  • Honor remains even after its usefulness.

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power,  for ever and ever!”

Podcast

Follow the link to access Pastor Eric’s Father’s Day message from the life of the prophet Elisha at http://efcsweetwater.com/index.php?nid=11648&s=gl

Links

Check out this great “Happy Father’s Day” kinda wedding video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMtm1M8Q9tI&feature=related

How about a “Happy Father’s Day Sprite Style.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJBcbnSqGz8

Something to chew on: “Rethinking the Cross” by Peter Lopez

On the Radar

Our youth are spending the week at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX, for an awesome time of worship and the Word.  Please remember to lift them up in prayer as they experience the life changing love of God.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cyqn2LxKVk
  2. “Your Love Is Everything” by Chris Quilala — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aSjM2kF4pA&feature=PlayList&p=CE575C95FECBEFB4&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=10
  3. “Dance With Me” by Chris Dupre
  4. “Forever And A Day” by Anthony Skinner

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, we will conclude our series on Old Testament Heroes with a look at the remarkable life of the prophet Jeremiah.

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