Is not that true of us? [9] Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. Just so, but they are too stubborn for some of us to manage. I may be speaking to people who wish that they had more money, or more brains, or more influence. You are looking in the wrong place. AMEN. He embodies everything that is amiable, glorious, and inviting in deity; and everything that is excellent, admirable, and sweet in humanity. The children would make a tiny bouquet, and if it was dusk, add a candle. And in verse 18, "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.". Scripture: Hebrews 6:19–20. ", Have you been forsaken by a friend, a child, a spouse? Our constitution is at its final draft stage and in a matter of a few weeks, looks to be adopted. "May the Lord bless you This truth is both comforting and sobering--comforting because God stands ready to deliver us when we are in trouble (Ps. Sermon: A True Worshiper (Hebrews 13:1-17) Posted on January 24, 2010 by Brian Evans. It may be described as a surgical operation. And being perfect—he can never change for the worse. [8] Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ", Oh, that God might give us the faith of that boy! He'll work himself to death. ", My wife responded, "It's up to you, but I know you'd have a good time. This process has been long but good at the same time. As we move into constituting as a church, I want to reassure you that there is going to be basically no changes take place. For John, it was more than words. His name? Under Old Testament law, God required animal sacrifices, which pointed to Christ dying for our sins. Hebrews 13:11-13: Exhortation to Decision and Earnestness in Religion: OUR TEXT refers to that memorable scene when Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent, probably inclined to slumber in the heat of noon. [18] Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. [7] Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. 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. Sometimes if we are to love others it will require suffering and broken hearts and being taken advantage of and being abused and used. Exhortations to various duties, and to be content with what Providence allots. What then? Hebrews 13 is full of practical advice for living the Christian Life. How tragic that many church members have never learned this! How disappointing! Jesus still teaches and guides and protects and heals and comforts, and still wins our complete trust and our love.". A prisoner’s greatest need is a visitor. He gave much of it away. The writer of Hebrews begins today by showing us how a church is to be functioning well. i. The Epistle To The Hebrews Sermon outlines based on the Epistle to the Hebrews. As we headed west toward Lake Michigan, the weather became treacherous, but we made it to our destination. [14] For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Whatever God has said to any one saint, he has said to all. 5:8). Christ’s person never changes. Death frightens many of us and makes us feel awkward in the presence of a terminally ill person. Is he mighty? We need not covet money, for we shall always have our God, and God is better than gold. By being "rooted and built up in [Christ Jesus] and established in the faith, as you have been taught" (v.7). In a recent edition, she included this Thanksgiving Prayer written many years before by her mother: The words of this prayer echo the clear teaching of Scripture. 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). The advantage of joy and gladness is that it is a source of strength to the individual soul, and to all others who come within its range, and commends our Christianity! True we have not the same visible expressions of his tenderness and pity—but they are nevertheless real; he is the same today as he was yesterday, and will be the same forever. And a pastor who "chews out" his congregation needs to look again at his mission. You have present within the narrow confines of your own reach the qualities that the world is wanting. I want to encourage you in this because with it comes privileges. Some find security in money. The boy took one long look down the steep, dizzy depths and said, "I'll be back in a minute." The God of Peace Hebrews 13:18-25 (ESV) Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. Nor the morrow's uncertain and shadowy care; Why should we look forward or back with dismay? — He adjusts us, that all which is well pleasing in his sight may be readily fulfilled in and through our yielded natures. A spouse’s greatest need is dependability. Well, what do you have? Though He will be arrayed in nobler garments than He wore when first He visited earth, though He will no more be the Man of Sorrows and grief’s acquaintance (see Isaiah 53:3), yet He will be the same person, unchanged by all His glories, His triumphs, and His joys. Young Mel was encouraged to say so, and he did. Jesus is just as real today as He was when He walked on this earth. "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!". Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not … The means by which you can actively and tangibly love others evaporates because you’ve spent all you have and then some trying to make yourself happy. What is it Christ has for you? Be thou bold to believe, for he hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”In this promise, God gives to his people everything. Has death brought the pain of separation? In our crowded lives, where room is scarce, it is less easy for us to care for the people who may be cast as strangers amongst us, but there is a hospitality of the mind that we can all exercise, when we open our hearts to some story of sorrow. No, he will never turn away from doing of us good—but will rejoice over us to do us good with his whole heart, and with his whole soul. Such was our Lord's attitude throughout His earthly life. ISA 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Only God can meet the needs of the lonely. 28:20; Isa. The highway of holiness is the highway of communion. A stranger’s greatest need is hospitality. "'The Lord is good!" Our Daily Walk), Morning and evening : Daily readings (February 21 AM). Jesus Christ is the Master of time. Whether that chapter is long or short--it is not the end, but it is to be continued. Others may not think much of you or invite you to spend time with them, but Jesus does (Matthew 11:28). The promise of God's unfailing presence with us is the key to living with confidence and contentment. Living a lifestyle that is free from the love of money (13:5-6) Brotherly Love Must Continue Hebrews 13:1. So you too can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. De Haan. The great Shepherd would not be content if one were missing of those whom the Father has given Him (John10:28-29). Through your generosity you will be serving Christ--and perhaps, you may be serving an angel in disguise (Heb. OUR TEXT refers to that memorable scene when Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent, probably inclined to slumber in the heat of noon. Our relationships change as we move to new places, experience illness, and ultimately face death. Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away; O Thou who changest not, abide with me! The life of separation may be a path of sorrow, but it is the highway of safety; and though the separated life may cost you many pangs, and make every day a battle, yet it is a happy life after all. But let me interrogate you a little: You must all to a man say, No! We must focus our attention on Jesus Christ. God can turn our fear into fortitude. It could be for us our comfort zone. When we do these things well Jesus is made more and more famous. [11] 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. 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. They must be prepared to tread the straight and narrow path. Better is the little that the righteous has. Fear will leave us when we remember that God is always with us. Henry Lyte's melancholy line in his hymn "Abide With Me" is true: "Change and decay in all around I see." His service is perfect freedom, and if we delight ourselves in the Lord, we should serve Him with gladness! The woman had only a little pot of oil, but that pot of oil with God paid all her debts. His affections yearn over him with indescribable affection and pity in every affliction or trouble. Nothing is right, nothing pleases, there is no word of praise or encouragement. He could handle wealth. We too can take comfort in knowing that our God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Climb to Pisgah’s top, and view the utmost limit of the divine promise, for the land is all thine own. But you know what, that’s ok.  Loving others costs something. —M.R. The air becomes so filled with powdery snow that you can't see more than a few feet ahead. I'd better go home with you. Love and Serve Others (Hebrews 13:1-4). Hebrews 13:8. Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. His hand is stretched out to help him in every time of trial, or circumstance of difficulty. Live by faith and not by safety. May we always keep this in remembrance! Do you really think I would ever forsake you? With a twinkle in her eye she retorted, "Dr. Morgan, that's not a promise. Jesus Christ is "the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). Suddenly he saw three men apparently waiting for alms and help. He was saved in 1897 in Chicago at the Pacific Garden Mission, and not long afterward was named director of the City Rescue Mission in Grand Rapids, Michigan. So let's resist our fear and meet it with faith in our Lord, for He has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). (Spurgeon, C. Faith's Checkbook), Peter Marshall, whose dynamic preaching attracted crowds of people, died suddenly on the morning of January 25, 1949, at the age of 46. One of Grimm's fairy tales is about a rather dimwitted young man who didn't understand what it meant to shudder in fear. Knowing people like that would say something significant about us. When he openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too. ( B) Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby. For the believer, it will be continued in heaven with our Lord. Did you ever find him lacking in kindness, pity, or love? Hebrews 13:15-16; Psalm 100 "Give Thanks to Him" Thanksgiving Day 2017 Introduction On this Thanksgiving Day we are gathered together to count our blessings and to name them one by one. Tell your own salvation story, and ask others to share theirs as well—as a "sacrifice of praise to God" (Hebrews 13:15). (F B Meyer. Sermon. ", PRAYER - Help me, Blessed Lord, to bear the infirmities of the weak, to succour those that are over-borne in the fight of life, and to bear the burdens of others. The best way to show love to those in prison is to visit them. Another person who calls is a woman who has had some bad experiences with men. Loneliness can't be cured just by being with people, seeing a counselor, or talking on the phone. Being content with what I have and not loving money. AMEN. All One Body We: “The Communion of Saints” (Hebrews 12:1) The Rod of God: When Love Says No (Hebrews 12:5-11; Proverbs 13:34) Behind Closed Doors (Hebrews 13:4) God Will Do What Needs to Be Done (Hebrews 13:20-21) You Are Never Alone: God's Answer to Fear (Hebrews 13:5) The Day God Died: “Crucified, Died” (Hebrews 9-10) Then you're left hanging in the air with the words: "To be continued." Our Daily Walk). Hebrews 13:1–2. O delightful truth! "A great promise," he said. 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." Follow Desiring God on … In each case He used a verb tense that suggests continuance. One of today's most popular syndicated newspaper columns is "Dear Abby." ", "But Mommy," Stephen whimpered, "they said they were going to climb a big hill tomorrow, and I've never been there before!". O admirable mystery! God himself in pity and compassion gives us this sweet, cheering, and animating assurance. If you’re going to serve the Lord and others well, another issue is that we’re not consumed with a love of money. Our presence may help, but we are never enough. If you walk with God today, you can be confident about tomorrow. It required suffering. I pray one of the reasons is that the truth is presented and you find yourselves attracted to truth. No matter how many pledges are broken by people, God's promises will last through all time and eternity. Best of all, we'll be safe with our Savior. 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). Just waiting for someone to become a friend, however, is not the way to find the cure for loneliness. Remember, when your time comes to die, that is not the end. He was also extremely generous. What comfort there is in knowing that equally His mercy is everlasting. But you must go to him first—be sure you remember this, for he has a jealous eye! for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Tennyson says: "Our wills are ours to make them Thine!" I would ask that you serve and love others by submitting to the leadership of our church. When the helmsman is right with the captain, the boat will naturally take the course that the captain selects. Are we confident that God holds us in His almighty hands? Hebrews 13:1-17 (ESV) Let brotherly love continue. 13:8). Have you learned to trust the Lord like that, my friend? Hebrews begins like a sermon. Take some time to get together with a church member who you do not know well. The Danger of Dull Hearing. ", 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. —Flint. Be thankful for God's many blessings, but be sure to remember those who have less. Let brotherly love continue. 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Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly: These final words give us a few tantalizing hints of the writer’s identity. Nov 17, 1996. I have to say to let your submission continue. If we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand. Hebrews 13:11-13: Reproach Incurred by Christians The letter concludes like most New Testament letters, with some personal references. I am to love and serve strangers. 11:33). These verses could easily be expanded into another sermon, but note briefly:  and be gracious to you. It was his first time away from home and it all sounded like an exciting adventure. After a slow, tedious journey, we finally reached Grand Rapids and pulled into our driveway. [17] Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Place to call home ( Mt Him in all sorts of terrifying situations—but to no avail cold and. 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