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The Book of Hebrews is a Game-Changer

When it comes to discipleship, the book of Hebrews is invaluable. The depth and the breadth of wisdom contained within the pages of this book of the Bible is so tremendous that I am not sure how to even begin to study it, let alone consolidate it into bite size pieces. It is simply massive ~ vast, immense, mighty, tremendous.

This powerful portion of God’s Word has volumes to teach us; and not only teach us, but is powerful to actually change us. And isn’t that the real “Mission:Impossible”? True and lasting change that begins deep within the heart and emanates outward, impacting not only ourselves as individuals but those we are in relationship with?

Hebrews is a game-changer. It is very well worth the time spent mining its treasures and praying for the Holy Spirit to work out its truths in our hearts & minds & lives.

Hebrews 4:12 reads: “ For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (NIV)

For the next several blog posts, I would like to dig into the book of Hebrews and see where I end up…because I am certain that a study of this book is going to impact me deeply. And I would like to start seeing that impact today! So, here goes…

  • It isn’t clear who the author of Hebrews was. Some say it was probably Paul; yet there is a fair amount of evidence that someone else authored this book. I think I agree with those who say it was not Paul, but I may well be wrong.
  • Hebrews was probably written before AD70 & it probably was during a time of great persecution – maybe even during the reign of Nero and Domitian (both were Roman emperors).
  • I have read the book of Hebrews alongside the Old Testament book of Leviticus ~ the two read in unison portray Christ’s life and death in a powerful manner. Wow ~ seriously, just wow.
  • Hebrews works hard to show us that the old covenant has been fulfilled and the new covenant is far better, thanks to our Lord Jesus.
  • The book almost reads more like a sermon than a letter. The ability to study Hebrews is a blessed learning experience, to say the least.

What can I learn from chapter 1, verse 1?  ~  That God spoke to His prophets and the fathers of the faith in different ways and at different times. I imagine they were filled with awe when He spoke to them!

Chapter 1, verse 2 ~ Now God has spoken to us by His Son. Jesus is the God-appointed heir of all things (meaning that there is not one single thing that is not His – take serious comfort in that thought!). And the universe was made through Him. Not only is it all His to reign and rule supreme over, but He made it all to begin with. Nothing is outside of His dominion; every single thing is completely and safely under His control.

Chapter 1, verse 3 ~ Jesus reveals God’s glory; Jesus is an exact expression of God’s nature. If we want to know what God is like, we should study the life of Jesus. And now Jesus is sitting at God’s right hand. He will not be moved from His seated position.

Chapter 1, verse 4 ~ Never wonder if Jesus is similar in power and ability to the angels in God’s Armies. There is absolutely no comparison whatsoever. He is superior in every way, and angels most assuredly do not like to have their might compared to that of Jesus. And His name, Jesus the Christ, Son of God, our Messiah, is the name He inherited (from God Almighty – because for there to be an inheritance someone must give it to the heir). It is the most excellent name ever to be given – the Name above all other names. At His Name every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is the Lord of all.

From just the first four verses of the first chapter I feel as if the tone has been set for me while I continue to read and learn from Hebrews.

What an awesome God we serve, and how blessed we are to have such a loving Savior in our Lord Jesus. For any struggle I face, He is the answer that I need. That is my first big takeaway from the book of Hebrews.

Be blessed as you trust in Him more and more, day by day!

Jan L. Burt

 

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We’re Having a Pay-What-You-Want SALE!! ~~~ All Things Homeschool – 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers softcover book ~~~

** Since this is a Pay-What-You-Want Sale, here is how you actually place an order…submit your choice of how much to pay via PayPal and you will receive an email letting you know your order was received and a shipping date ~~ use the email address janburt@cox.net to pay what you want for this softcover book by going directly to PayPal.com ~~ Your book will be on it’s way to you in a jiffy! **

A softcover book of short devotions written for homeschooling mothers, All Things Homeschool was intended to be a source of encouragement and support for women who are the primary educators for their children. However, due to a file corruption error on the publisher’s end ~ a fact which went undiscovered until several hundred copies had been printed an shipped ~ this particular version of the book is a “misprint”. There are some issues with the book’s cover due to file compression problems; there was an issue with the font size and subsequently with the page layout (still very readable ~ it just does not seem to fill up enough of the page); and a few days of devotions are missing. Who knew a file corruption issue could turn into such a headache?!?  Due to the failure to catch the problem prior to printing physical copies, we now have an overstock of books that are not 100% perfect…Rather than toss them into the dumpster, I thought I would offer them to homeschoolers. And by offer, I actually mean that you get to make me an offer! Think of it as a Pay-What-You-Want sale that will remain in effect as long as supplies last! But I would like to mention that the cost of packaging and shipping adds up to just over $3.65 cents for us….you should by all means only pay what you want, but I did want to throw that out there as an FYI.

And here is what one homeschooling mom had to say about All Things Homeschool :

Homeschooling as many years as I have, I have read a lot of homeschool devotionals.  Most of them were easy and encouraging to read, but none, in my humble opinion, have been as good as, All Things Homeschool 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers by Jan L. Burt.  Her daily devotions are short, sweet, to the point, and make you think deeper about your walk with Christ.

Maybe it is because I am chronically ill that I needed something with less fluff and more meat, as homeschooling while ill is not for wimps, period.  It is tough but………….

26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (see Matthew 19:26 KJV)

May your day be blessed, my friend………….

(I have no affiliation with Mrs. Burt and purchased this book on my own accord.)

 

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My favorite homeschool devotional

Orders will be shipped promptly & once my stock of misprinted copies is gone, they will be gone forever….

Thanks for your support with my misprint adventure!

 

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A Glimpse into Proverbs 2:9

Proverbs 2:9 in the New Living Translation says this:

“Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.”

 

But, when will I understand all of this? When will I know what is right? and what is just? and what is fair? How will I consistently find the right way to go as I face struggles and delays and hurdles and life?

I need to look at what comes prior to “Then…” (first word of verse 9) if I hope to grasp this vast & life-encompassing understanding.

Some key words & phrases that stand out as I read Proverbs 2, verses 1 through 8 include:

Listening ~ Turning My Ears to Wisdom ~ Concentrate on Understanding ~ Cry Out for Insight ~ Search for These Like Hidden Treasure ~ All Wisdom Comes From the Lord’s Mouth ~ He Can Grant Me A Treasure of Common Sense When I Am Honest ~ When I Walk With Integrity, He Will Become My Shield ~ When I Am a Just Person He Will Guard My Path ~ He Lives to Protect Those Who Are Faithful to Him

 

As I read through this long list, I realize (for the umpteenth time!) that apart from the Holy Spirit these cannot be accomplished in my life. I have no ability to bear fruit on my own. So I must decide, on a daily basis, if I will yield to Jesus or try to do life as a disciple on my own. The older I get, the more aware I become of the truth that I can do nothing good in my own strength and of my own volition.

John 15 rings in my ears as I study the second chapter of Proverbs. He is the vine, I am a branch, and apart from Him I can do no good thing.

So when I need to listen, I ask Him to give me ears to hear; ears that are turned toward wisdom, turned toward Him. If I need to concentrate on what truly matters in my life and the lives of those around me, I seek the Counselors help (since I will miss what really matters and He alone can make sure I don’t miss it). Crying out for insight is actually crying out to Him for His eyes, His heart, His wisdom…just for Him.

Do I need more common sense? (Ahem, do I even need to ask?) Then I need to be more and more honest, and so I ask Him to cleanse me in my inmost parts and make me pure and honest and undefiled.

When I need His shield of protection (which is every moment of every day) then I seek His ability to make me a person of integrity. And if I want the Lord to guard my path? Well, I ask Him to make me a just person by His power within me.

Since He lives to protect those who are faithful to Him, then I should be desperate to be found faithful! Because why on earth would I want to lose one bit of Almighty God’s protection for even one single second?

Lord, may I understand more and more what is right, what is just, what is fair according to Your standards and Your holiness. Lead me in Your pathways for my life so that I will always find the right way to go…which is Your way to go. Amen.

Jan L. Burt

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