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Finishing off Hebrews chapter 9, teaches us some important truths about the work that Jesus accomplished on our behalf. Then as a gift, we get a bonus teaching about perspective on death, something on which we desperately need a healthy perspective.

Starting off with a recording of a clever little song by the brilliant Andrew Peterson, this week we start with a reminder of the impermanence of life. Then we circle back to Hebrews 9:8-14 and the incredible idea that Jesus actually purifies the conscience of believers. What might it look like to live from a … [ read more ] "“Pure Conscience Culture”"

A treat for this sermon, local NAMB church planter Deholo Nali takes us through the next section of Hebrews. Jesus, our Hero, unlocks “eternal inheritance”, “freedom”, and “godliness”. All of these are integral parts of the wonderful Good News that Jesus offers to each person.

Mediator is one of the most important functional roles that Jesus serves for the believer. All across the Bible we see beautiful pictures of effective mediation and/or hear deep cries for the need of such a service. This week we explore a key Old Testament text in Exodus 33 in order to better understand the … [ read more ] "Dynamics of Cherishing Our Great Mediator"

This week we begin a theme that will run through the next section in Hebrews where an important contrast between physical and spiritual emphasizes the paramount nature of Jesus and His work. From Plato to C.S. Lewis, shadow is an important metaphor for what we can only know in-part. Jesus is the Substance.

A proper view of God, that glimpses His Glory and moves to respond appropriately, is paramount for all worship. It also is the root of our good works from grace-driven effort. This week we dig deep into Isaiah 45 an amazing chapter that reveals much about God’s character and the nature of His work.

Christmas time really does feel like a special time of year unlike any other. Two of the major themes of Christmas are Love and Light. This week we explore a bit of the relationship between these through the lens of the Bible and two atypical expressions of a “love that comes from a pure heart, … [ read more ] "Advent 2019: Jesus, our Light (Love) in the darkness"

Finding JOY (this week’s Advent theme) in one’s work can be difficult for a perfectionist, because the work is never “quite right” and/or never “quite finished.” This is one reason why Jesus’ Perfect Priesthood and His service as our Perfect Priest should resound in abiding JOY for believers.

The chapter of Hebrews that many have been waiting for: Melchizedek. Wait, who? Yeah, the author builds a fascinating case for the redemptive work of God through a mysterious, obscure Old Testament character, continuing his case for Jesus’ great(er)ness.