Posts

Showing posts from November 4, 2012

Gift

There are friends and family members that do things for you in secret. You will never know what they have gone through but you will see the benefits in your life. This is a truth that applies not only physically or financially but spiritually. I think of all those who have given their life in war after war to preserve the freedoms we now have today. I think of financial decisions parents make and prayers they lift that have benefited their children.
The greatest of gift to us is what Christ did and we can’t comprehend all that occurred for it to become reality but we do find cracks in the wall to look through and see some small piece of his dedication to us. In Hebrews 10:5-7 we see through time to the point at which Christ was about to step off of heaven and come to earth.
He says, as he seemingly has one foot over and is turning back to speak to the Father, “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not p…

Memorials

How often do you think about your past? People remember the past through a memory photo book or an item that they bought or were given related to a special event, like a family trip to Disneyworld or a vacation at the beach. They can view or touch these items and the memories come flooding back.
God placed in the Holy of Holies, the sacred room behind the curtain in the Tabernacle and later the Temple, three memorial items in the Ark of the Covenant. They are mentioned in Hebrews 9:4b, “This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.”
Each one of them illustrated a powerful message to the people. The manna was given when the people complained in the wilderness. It was miraculously provided for six days and then not seen on the Sabbath only to be available the next day. It was God’s food for the people and supplied the nourishment they needed to stay strong physically. (Exodus 16:13-33)
The staff of Aaron that budded was laid…

Humility

There is a pathway to humility and genuine success and it is seen clearly in opposition to blind ambition which is the pursuit of life on our own terms with our own goals and desires becoming the driving force in all situations.
The psalmist stated it in these terms: “My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 131:1-3)
The psalmist recognizes the virtue of humility and links it with a hope that is in the Lord rather than in himself. He also recognizes that it is easy to become proud and have desires that are great and lofty but the end result is despair in the seeking and acquiring.
Rather, he has to purge himself of this pride and he does that by stilling and quieting his own heart. To “still” the heart is to rest …

Anchor

Image
All of us have seen this heavy object which is lowered into the water by cable or chain to catch hold of the ocean floor and keep a ship from drifting. It is usually shaped somewhat like the one pictured below but the word can describe any device that holds something secure and gives it stability and security.
We use it when we talk about a television “anchor” or a particular player who is the “anchor” of a sports team. It can refer to a particular part of a company’s business which is the “anchor” for the rest of the business or a particular show which “anchors” a night on a television channel.
The purpose of an “anchor” is to prevent drift. We have recently seen large ships that were a quarter mile off the eastern seaboard break from their anchors and be blown and drift onto the beach due to the winds and waves of hurricane Sandy. Anchors are very important.
The writer of Hebrews 6:19 used this word to describe the hope given to us through God’s promise and oath of salvation. “We have …