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Lower Than the Angels

June 22, 2012 Leave a comment

In verses 5-9, we read that both Jesus and people are temporarily lower than angels.

However, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, people have something better to anticipate.

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Categories: angels, Hebrews

Special Delivery

June 21, 2012 Leave a comment

In verses 1-4, we are reminded that the gospel message has been delivered by angels, by miracles, and by the Spirit.

Categories: angels, Hebrews, miracle, Spirit

Turning the Other Cheek: Bullying and Cell Phones

June 20, 2012 Leave a comment

I was bullied pretty intensely in elementary school, so hearing about the video of the bus monitor struck a nerve.

Then I remembered a comment by Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Podcast. He suggests using cell phone cameras to capture bad behavior.

If bullies (and their families) live in constant fear that their evil behaviors will be exposed for all the world to see, perhaps they’ll reconsider and behave more appropriately.

Step 1: The next time you see bullying, tell the bully and the crowd witnessing the event that you’re taking out your phone. Ask the bullies to stop.

Step 2: If they refuse to stop, record the bullying on your phone. Tell the bullies exactly what you’re doing and why you’re recording, while you’re recording, so you don’t get in trouble, too. Ask the crowd to keep you safe, so the bully doesn’t attack you, too.

Step 3: Tell a trusted adult about your video AFTER posting it to YouTube, so it can’t be deleted or covered up.

Maybe with this three-step plan, we can reduce the number and intensity of bullying events.

Please remember to use your phone and the power of crowds to keep people safe. Together, we can make a positive difference!

Outline of Hebrews 2

June 20, 2012 Leave a comment
  1. Listen to the gospel carefully
  2. Jesus a sympathetic, suffering individual
Categories: Hebrews, jesus

Jesus v. Angels

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

In verses 3-14, the angels win.

Categories: angels, Hebrews, jesus

Beginning of Hebrews

June 18, 2012 Leave a comment

In verses 1-3, the author explains that Jesus has spoken in the traditions of the prophets.

Categories: Hebrews

Free Online Study: The Parables of Jesus

June 18, 2012 1 comment

I highly recommend Dr. Craig L. Blomberg’s survey of Jesus’ parables, available for free until September 1 at this link.

Although his 24 lectures were taped nearly 20 years ago, his teaching feels fresh and relevant today.

If you have 12 hours to devote to an audio study of the parables, please sign up for this course. It’s well worth your time!

Don’t let the registration scare you off, many classes from the Institute of Theological Studies are available for free.

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