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May

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Hebrews 7:11-14, 17

New Covenant, New High Priest, New Law… When the people failed to live up to the Law, Christ brought a New Covenant, and a New Law along with it: If, then, perfection came through the levitical priesthood, on the basis of which the people received the law, what need would there still have been for […]

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May

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Hebrews 7:7-10

Blessed by a Greater Priest… We are beginning to see the emergence of a new priesthood: Unquestionably, a lesser person is blessed by a greater. In the one case, mortal men receive tithes; in the other, a man of whom it is testified that he lives on. One might even say that Levi himself, who […]

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May

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Hebrews 7:4-6

Tithing 10 Percent… The practice of tithing 10 percent has its roots with Abraham: See how great he is to whom the patriarch “Abraham (indeed) gave a tenth” of his spoils. The descendants of Levi who receive the office of priesthood have a commandment according to the law to exact tithes from the people, that […]

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May

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Hebrews 7:1-3

Christ and Melchizedek… The author of Hebrews continues by comparing Christ and Melchizedek: This “Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,” “met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kings” and “blessed him.” And Abraham apportioned to him “a tenth of everything.” His name first means righteous king, and he […]

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May

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Tongue of Fire

James 3:5-9… The words that come off our tongue can do as much damage as they do good: …the tongue is a small member and yet has great pretensions. Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze. The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of […]

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May

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Pentecost: Birthday of the Church

1 Corinthians 12:4-7… On this Pentecost Sunday, in a reading from 1 Corinthians, we celebrate the birthday of the Church and the gifts given to us through the Holy Spirit: There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings […]

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May

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Hebrews 6:19-20

Anchor of the Soul… Through the wind and waves, we can place our faith, hope, and trust in Christ: This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil, where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner, becoming high priest forever according to the […]

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May

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Hebrews 6:13-18

God’s Oath… Who are we that God should make a promise to us? When God made the promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, “he swore by himself,” and said, “I will indeed bless you and multiply” you. And so, after patient waiting, he obtained the promise. Human beings […]

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May

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Hebrews 6:11-12

Imitators of the Saints… To remain steadfast in our faith, we need to simply be imitators of the saints: We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are […]

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May

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Hebrews 6:9-10

God Recognizes Your Effort… Even if no one else seems to notice, God recognizes your effort: But we are sure in your regard, beloved, of better things related to salvation, even though we speak in this way. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for […]