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Hebrews 4

by: Judy Ledene

08/03/2021

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“Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience” (v11). The author of Hebrews offers a serious warning and an encouragement at the same time. “Today” the opportunity to trust Jesus “still stands,” yet we see from biblical examples (v12) that people can refuse God’s invitation. Thankfully, “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we ar

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Hebrews 3

by: Judy Ledene

08/02/2021

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“So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief” (v19). The author of Hebrews urged believers facing persecution and pressure to remember that they shared “a heavenly calling,” because they were united with Jesus the faithful One. He warned believers not to lose their confidence like the ancient Israelites did, after they were led out of Egypt and then hardened their hearts in the desert (v7-13). Despite many miracles, they were enticed by “the deceitfulness

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Psalm 116

by: Judy Ledene

08/01/2021

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“I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy” (v1). The psalms gave the Israelites examples of the Lord’s mercy, helping them learn to depend on Him and develop a prayerful intimacy. “When I was brought low, He saved me” (v6). The psalmist did not hide his emotions, but cried out to God: “I suffered distress and anguish … I am greatly afflicted” (v3,10). God responded, leading to thanksgiving: “You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from t

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Jeremiah 21-24

by: Judy Ledene

07/31/2021

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Jeremiah 21-24

In these chapters, Jeremiah's sermons are directed to Judah's kings who have failed in their duty to rule justly. Jeremiah says that these kings will lose their thrones (22:8-9). Their wealth and power will not keep them from judgement because they have not done their duty to protect "the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow" (22:3). The result of idolatry is always mistreatment of the disenfranchised and the vulnerable. 

God promises a "righteous bra

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Jeremiah 19-20

by: Judy Ledene

07/30/2021

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Jeremiah 19-20

The prophet is given an illustrated sermon (19:1) He is to take a clay wine jar outside the city and break it (v10) to show the impending consequences of their sin. God's people have embraced idolatry and all its disregard for life (v4-5). Their hearts are hardened like the clay flask. 

Sin hardens us toward God and inevitably leads to our own destruction. Let us remain pliable and soft in the potter's hands. Quick to confess our sin and quick to respond in o

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Jeremiah 17-18

by: Judy Ledene

07/29/2021

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Jeremiah 17-18

Jeremiah continues to paint pictures of those who trust in God and those who trust in themselves. Those who trust in themselves are like a "shrub in desert" who will not " see any good come" (17:6). For those who trust in God, we are like "tree planted by water" when the heat or drought comes we still flourish green and fruitful (v8). 

Jeremiah cautions us because our "hearts are deceitful" (v9). The key to being a tree planted by water is to allow the Lord to

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Hebrews 2

by: Judy Ledene

07/28/2021

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Hebrews 2

Because Jesus is the best and last word of God, the writer reminds us that we ignore Jesus at our peril. We must not "neglect such a great salvation."  One of the ways that Jesus is the best revelation of God is that he entered our human experience with all its suffering. He "partook of the same things" (14).

Jesus as God's final word of revelation demands our obedience response (1). But Jesus is not a distant overlord, rather he is not "ashamed to call us brothers

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Hebrews 1

by: Judy Ledene

07/27/2021

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Hebrews 1

Hebrews teaches us that what God has done in Jesus is superior to all other ways to relate to God. Jesus is the pinnacle of God's work in our world and in our lives. In this opening chapter, the writer reminds us that though God has revealed himself in "many ways."  God final and best revelation is in his Son, the "exact imprint" of God.

When life gets hard or when we face doubts or difficult questions about our faith, we can know what God is like by looking to wha

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Philemon

by: Judy Ledene

07/26/2021

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Philemon

This short, personal letter accompanies the letter to the Colossians. A runaway bondservant (debt slavery) had become a follower of Jesus and a "son in the faith" to Paul. In Colossians, Paul had urged submission of slaves to masters. But even as Paul sends Onesimus back to submit to his master, but he then calls upon Philemon to submit to something greater ... to love and reconciliation.

We cannot stop at mere moral rule following. Paul moves us toward a higher pri

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Psalm 115

by: Judy Ledene

07/25/2021

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Psalm 115

The Lord God cannot be limited to mere, created idols. The psalmist cannot imagine why anyone would worship or call "god" something that was the "work of human hands."  A limited god has limited capacity to bless but the God of the bible "remembers and blesses us."  He can do so because instead of being created, He is the Creator (v15).

It is so easy for us to begin to think of God have having limits like our own. Our faith shrinks to the size of our vision and our

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Psalm 114

by: Judy Ledene

07/24/2021

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Psalm 114 

When Israel was enslaved in Egypt, God chose to enter their world to make them his "sanctuary" and "dominion."  When he makes his place among His people, the whole earth "trembles at his presence." The whole creation jumps to attention in awe of Him (5,6).

When God enters our situation, our world and our lives, everything changes. God shakes things up by his presence. No matter what we face or how trapped we feel, God's presence in our lives is the definitive real

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Jeremiah 13-16

by: Judy Ledene

07/23/2021

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Jeremiah 13-16

Jeremiah is given a difficult task. He is to announce and portray the exile of God's people... his own people. This kind of preaching isolates him and gains him many enemies. He thinks it might have been better if he had never been born (15:10) than to live in such troublesome times. But the Lord promises that he is not alone and that he will be made strong like a "fortified wall of bronze" (15:20).

We don't choose the times in which we live. We may think that

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Jeremiah 11-12

by: Judy Ledene

07/22/2021

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Jeremiah 11-12

In these chapters, Jeremiah brings an indictment against God's people for a "conspiracy exists" among them. They have "gone after other gods" (12:9-10). God means for Israel to flourish like "an olive tree, beautiful with fruit" but since they have rejected the God "who planted them"  "disaster is decreed against them" (12:16-17).

As God's people, we must be aware of the danger of presumption. We must be vigilant concerning our own temptations to sin and must

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Jeremiah 9-10

by: Judy Ledene

07/21/2021

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Jeremiah 9-10

Jeremiah weeps for the sin of God's people. It doesn't matter that they are physically circumcised. Their sin and idolatry are no different than the nations around them. (10:25-26). God implores them not to trust in themselves nor in their own power, prestige, or wealth, but instead to embrace His ways of "steadfast love, justice, and righteousness" (10:23-24).

It is easy to see the sins of the "world" but often we are not so different than those outside of God

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Titus 3

by: Judy Ledene

07/20/2021

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Titus 3

We are to behave in a manner that corresponds to "the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior."  Paul encourages believers "to be submissive" to their pagan authorities and to demonstrate their faith not by "foolish controversies" nor "quarrels about the law," but instead we are "to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one... to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people."

Being a good citizen of God's kingdom demands that we are no

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